Android is always in the spotlight for security . That is a fact that can not be denied and that, although it may be slow, can not be extinguished without losing the philosophy of freedom that Android. Today the risk of finding malware , anywhere, not just Android, is very high. Common sense is our best defense against these malicious applications, although sometimes is not clear that an application is malicious. Let’s look, for example, the recent case iMessage for Android.
As I imagine you all know, iMessage is a service IM compatible only with devices running on iOS or Mac OS X, come on, a service closed and exclusive owner of Apple . But if Android is characterized by something is not to understand the concept of “impossible.” So a developer went to work and decided to make a hack for the operating system of Google. Here’s where things get murky and dangerous. First, not entirely clear whether the application meets its mission or not (The Verge claim that only works between Android devices and other sources say different things each).
Secondly all our messages and traveling to a server credentials (the same developer) in China is encrypted and sent to Apple’s servers with the necessary adjustments to “pass the checks.” Still, nothing is yet confirmed about using malicious or these data passing through Chinese servers . The application has been withdrawn from the Play Store by copyright obvious problems.
Malware on Android
This is a clear example of malware does not have to be an ugly application with 45 downloads and promises to give infinite battery . In fact malware often goes unnoticed or at least very camouflaged under working hours that the developer invests paa obtain greater success. These can even be applications that actually do what they promise, but meanwhile we are emptying wallet . Still and all, there are certain things that squeak some applications such as iMessage.In this case the fact that someone has ported Apple service to an unofficial Android is already a good indicator that it is least, illegal . Once the alarm light enough to look a bit on the net to learn about all the fuss that around the app and the privacy issues raised by .
As always I have said in this blog, antivirus and malware scanners can be helpful but never, I repeat, can never replace common sense and caution. The real problem is that the antivirus only detect known malware and go, always behind it.So what should we do all (although not as much as we should do) is have careful with installed applications , where we do it and especially with the permissions they ask for. Furthermore, we can not be fooled by an interface or a household name carefully and if in doubt, remember: “Google is our friend “. Article was published in The Free Android (The Android Blog reference. Apps, News, Games and Free Android smartphones)
October 1, 2013
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