Over last several months, discovery malicious applications in the Play Store has become a common topic in news. And now, a latest Threat Intelligence Report published by Nokia has revealed that Google’s Android smartphones are the prime target of malware.
Nokia published the report after analyzing breakdown of popular devices this year and Android smartphones currently have more than 68.5 percent share of intended malicious attacks. Coming to second is Windows platform which has a share of 27.96 percent in the chart. Nokia stated that Android is the target for malicious codes thanks to Android’s ability to side-load applications from third party website. Moreover, the report revealed that Play Store doesn’t have enough security measures at the moment to protect its users form downloading malicious codes.
The company noted, “The main reason that the Android platform is targeted, is the fact that, once side-loading is enabled, Android applications can be downloaded from just about anywhere. Despite the very successful efforts by Google to ensure that the Play Store is malware free, Android users can continue to install apps by clicking on links in text messages and e-mail. In addition, in many regions third-party app stores have become the norm.”