Android has always claimed to be open and free OS for mobile devices. This openness means that anyone can write an App and upload it into the Market Place without any process or any other regulating step except for just an initial fee of $ 25 being paid to Google. This openness has caused malware in the Android Platform rise to 472 % since July, in just 4 months.
This new report comes from Juniper Global Threat Center which claimed Android with its huge base has become a huge threat for consumer data protection. With Google announcing yesterday that total Android users in the world have crossed 200 million, this could mean a total chaotic situation in case of any serious security issue.
The report did not praise the App signing method of the iOS but claimed that verification of Apps is very necessary on security point of view :
Android’s open applications store model, which lacks code signing and an application review process that Apple requires, makes it easy for attackers to distribute their malware.
Apple on the other hand is often lambasted of totally controlling the App Store and signing each and every App before it could be released. While this reduces the total number of Apps being released and also may not go well with the Open theory of Android but it provides better security aspects.
With Android releasing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and now being available in more and more devices it is going to be tough how Google will handle the security aspect of the OS. Will it compromise with the basic principle with which it was launched or it will introduce some new factors will be interesting to see.