We are all aware of the terrors that lurk in the depths of the internet and the script-kiddies who try to steal our money.
I’m sure you’ll all agree one of the reasons we use Linux is because it is a very secure platform. Which is why I worry when I read articles like this.
Android is one of the most popular Linux based systems purely because of people using smartphones. These people proabably don’t even know what Linux is, even though they use it on a daily basis.
(Before anyone jumps in, I know Android differs massively from Linux but it is based on the Linux kernel so I feel these problems should be relevant to us all).
It isn’t ideal that it has such massive security issues (I know this isn’t the first problem they’ve had) as it gives Linux a bad name.
I am a big user of Android smartphones because yes they are Linux based but more importantly they ARE NOT iPhones!
In the article David Ermm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, is quoted as saying
"The platform is popular, it’s easy to write apps for it and it’s easy to distribute them via Google Play – so it’s little wonder that cybercriminals are making use of Google Play, where malware masquerades as a legitimate app."
He is totally right in what he is saying, and because anyone can publish apps it is a major security issue.
Does this happen because it is so popular and if not why doesn’t it happen on Linux? I know viruses can be made for Linux but there are very few, if any, malicious viruses out there. Windows however has thousands. I always thought a reason for this was because every mindless numbskull uses it and the people who use Linux have some respect for each other.
With Linux distros becoming more and more popular is the security risk going to go up as well? How can we reduce the security risk on Android without compromising everything we love about it?
I want Android to be loved and respected because for a lot of people it is the gateway to a brighter future where we all use Linux.
[EDIT] Source - TheRegister