During the first quarter G DATA has already detected more than 750,000 malicious applications for this operating system.

The malware for Android is on the rise. According to data from the security company G DATA in 2016 were something more of 3,24 million malicious applications. But is that this year even will be more.

on the basis of that in the first quarter of 2017 have already been detected 754.000 new threats, the experts of G DATA estimate that for December already will have accumulated at least 3.5 million. The figure implies a continuous growth. And remarkable. The 754.000 threats of Q1 imply the appearance of 350 new malicious apps every time that target the mobile operating system that developed by Google.

In 2012, the copies of malware emerged to Android were, exactly, 214.327. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 had already exceeded the million, the million and a half and two million, respectively. While, in 2015, the figure was over 2.3 million, as you can see in the chart that accompanies these lines.

The cyber security specialist of the G DATA Software, Tim Berghoff, remember that “we live permanently connected thanks to our mobile devices and activities as delicate as banking and online shopping the we already from our smartphone“. This heightens the rawness of the current numbers of malware for Android. Also remember that almost three-quarters of the smartphone that are used in the world are Android, according to data from Statcounter. In Spain, the proportion climbs to 9 of every 10.

“Besides”, adds Berghoff, “the degree of threat is increasingly worrying because of the vertiginous growth of the number of apps malicious is added to the subject of Android updates, which depend on too many factors to reach the user at the correct times”. G DATA recommends the use of antivirus in the mobile and have the system always patched.

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