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BLOG: Keep your pants on: A reality check about this latest Android malware scare

JR Raphael | July 10, 2013
Is the Android malware threat real or hypothetical?

Plain and simple, despite Bluebox's headline-grabbing "OMG 99 PERCENT OF DEVICES ARE AFFECTED!!!" statistic, in real-world terms, this isn't something that's a major concern for the vast majority of normal users. And, surprise surprise, it isn't something that's actually caused a single real-world problem (outside of perhaps some mild fear-induced bloating, which a quick swig of Pepto will surely fix).

As for the base vulnerability that allows this situation to exist, it's in the process of being corrected: Google has confirmed to me that it's provided a patch to its phone-making partners, some of whom are already distributing fixes to their devices.

In the meantime, as is usually the case in these scenarios, there's absolutely no cause for alarm. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Whether you're surfing the Web on your PC or getting online from your phone, a little caution and some common sense will go a long way in keeping you safe from the big, bad virus monsters lurking around our virtual worlds.

 

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