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A new study has found that iOS remained untouched by malware during the second quarter, while Android faced 76 percent more threats than in the first quarter, making it the most targeted mobile platform.

McAfee detailed the information in its Second Quarter 2011 Threats Report, noting that the "threat landscape of 2011 is undergoing a year of chaos and change," as noted by MacNN.

Google's Android platform jumped from being the third-most targeted platform for mobile malware in the first quarter to taking the number one spot with 44 cases of malware. Java ME, the second-most targeted platform, had one-third the volume with just 14 exploits.

"This increase in threats to such a popular platform should make us evaluate our behavior on mobile devices and the security industrys preparedness to combat this growth," the report said.

Several security firms warned early this month that Android has become increasingly susceptible to attack, while at the same time noting that Apple's platform is relatively more secure than its rival. In June, Symantec issued a report that found iOS to have "full protection" against malware attacks, while Android was characterized as having "little protection."



McAfee did note that Apple's Mac platform has faced a threat from a fake anti-virus malware called MacDefender. The firm speculated that such attacks would eventually make their way to the iPhone and iPad, calling it a "case of "when" rather than "if.""

In addition to Apple's iOS, HP's webOS was the only other mobile platform to avoid any attacks, though the platform's inability to attract user interest may explain the lack of malware.

Intel surprised Wall Street by purchasing McAfee last year for $7.68 billion. The world's largest chipmaker has expressed an interest in implementing security features at the chip level with the help of McAfee.
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I wonder if apple haters will try and claim this is still just security through obscurity?

In reality, secured app store, aka "walled-gardens" FTW.
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyguido View Post

I wonder if apple haters will try and claim this is still just security through obscurity?

In reality, secured app store, aka "walled-gardens" FTW.

LOL I was coming to make a similar comment.
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Originally Posted by bigdaddyguido View Post

I wonder if apple haters will try and claim this is still just security through obscurity?

In reality, secured app store, aka "walled-gardens" FTW.

Well this isn't really about Apple haters, it's about Android haters. How else would you describe people that do not use Android, yet spend a lot of time trying to convince others how insecure Android is? Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.
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A new study has... The firm speculated that such attacks would eventually make their way to the iPhone and iPad, calling it a "case of "when" rather than "if.""

In addition to Apple's iOS, HP's webOS was the only other mobile platform to avoid any attacks...[ View this article at AppleInsider.com ][/c]

In my long experience as a Mac user, it's been a case of when, not if since about 1987. \
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LOL I was coming to make a similar comment.

Me to!
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That's what you get from Android Malwareplace.
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Well this isn't really about Apple haters, it's about Android haters. How else would you describe people that do not use Android, yet spend a lot of time trying to convince others how insecure Android is? Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.

I and I'm sure many others here do not give one iota about Android. You obviously have an interest in iOS, for good or ill.
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Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post

Well this isn't really about Apple haters, it's about Android haters. How else would you describe people that do not use Android, yet spend a lot of time trying to convince others how insecure Android is? Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.


It's not our fault Android is sh1tty.

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Been using Android since around 2007, not one instance of Malware on any of my devices.

With a little bit of intelligence on where you source your apps, the kind of apps you install and checking out app permissions, you can easily avoid any trouble.

Some many need someone else to wipe their bottoms and that's cool, I'm big enough, clever enough and ugly enough to wipe my own thanks.
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It's not our fault Android is sh1tty.

I'm sorry that the meaning of my comment went so much above your head. Let's try again: Why do you need to discuss something that is sh1tty?
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Been using Android since around 2007, not one instance of Malware on any of my devices.

With a little bit of intelligence on where you source your apps, the kind of apps you install and checking out app permissions, you can easily avoid any trouble.

Some many need someone else to wipe their bottoms and that's cool, I'm big enough, clever enough and ugly enough to wipe my own thanks.

That's great.

I don't take security on any of my OS X (and iOS) devices for granted and am careful about where I go on the web. Still, this cannot alone account for my complete freedom over 24 years from problems of viruses and malware. \

All the best.
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Wow, all the androids are out in force all ready. Shouldn't you be busy securing your phones from the threat?

Though I do wonder what the point is, i mean what do you get from malware on the 7 galaxy tabs sold? The names of the pirated apps they bootlegged?
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Wow, all the androids are out in force all ready. Shouldn't you be busy securing your phones from the threat?

Though I do wonder what the point is, i mean what do you get from malware on the 7 galaxy tabs sold? The names of the pirated apps they bootlegged?

You're funny :-) You should post more often ;-)
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I'm sorry that the meaning of my comment went so much above your head. Let's try again: Why do you need to discuss something that is sh1tty?

Is there an official rule somewhere that sh1tty things shan't be discussed? It's important to spread the word, so that people are aware of just how sh1tty Android is.

What if they didn't know, DrDoppio? What if they didn't know...

Think of the children for Christ's sake.
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Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks?

Yes I do.
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Is there an official rule somewhere that sh1tty things shan't be discussed? It's important to spread the word, so that people are aware of just how sh1tty Android is.

What if they didn't know, DrDoppio? What if they didn't know...

Think of the children for Christ's sake.

Hehe, true dat. We should get more fandroids to read AI. How else is the word going to get out.
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Yet another bit of evidence to tear down that long-standing myth that viruses only emerge for the platform with the most market share--a frequently used albeit totally flawed argument in defense of Windows' security shortcomings. iOS is bigger (in terms of the entire platform, counting iPads and iPod Touches) than Android and yet it's Android drawing all the viruses. If market share were as important in that regard as many claim, it would be iOS.
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I think it's so funny how people with mac's worry about where they go on the internet, I have been using apple computers since the IIGS and have never worried where to go, I have been to so many porn sits and have never been hit with a virus or malware, my son on his HP got one very quickly on a porn site.http://forums.appleinsider.com/images/smilies/lol.gif
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A new study has found that iOS remained untouched by malware during the second quarter, while Android faced 76 percent more threats than in the first quarter, making it the most targeted mobile platform.

Both for the App store auditing and the secure OSs.

Did I say anything negative about the others, of course not.
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Originally Posted by fuwafuwa View Post

That's what you get from Android Malwareplace.

Droid does! It does allow malware.
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Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post

I'm sorry that the meaning of my comment went so much above your head. Let's try again: Why do you need to discuss something that is sh1tty?

Because it's fun! It's like going to a good comedy movie!
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Originally Posted by IQatEdo View Post

That's great.

I don't take security on any of my OS X (and iOS) devices for granted and am careful about where I go on the web. Still, this cannot alone account for my complete freedom over 24 years from problems of viruses and malware. \

All the best.

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I think it's so funny how people with mac's worry about where they go on the internet, I have been using apple computers since the IIGS and have never worried where to go, I have been to so many porn sits and have never been hit with a virus or malware, my son on his HP got one very quickly on a porn site.http://forums.appleinsider.com/images/smilies/lol.gif

Glad that you find it all so amusing! Perhaps you weren't referring to my post above, however I believe that one should be discerning all the same. Further, if you were thinking of my post, did I say that I am worried? I use Macs!
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I'm sorry that the meaning of my comment went so much above your head. Let's try again: Why do you need to discuss something that is sh1tty?

Because it's fun?

By the way, what are YOU doing here?

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Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks?

No, from my experience they come to Apple fan sites to scream their hate! On their Android fan sites they are too busy discussing how to troubleshot their Androids.
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Because it's fun?

By the way, what are YOU doing here?

Sh1t is fun, father and son browsing porn together, you guys are too much for me

What am I doing? I'm on a mission from god

Good night, and take care.
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Originally Posted by FriedLobster View Post

Because it's fun?

By the way, what are YOU doing here?

I'm an Apple fan, I read articles on an Apple fan site. But what are YOU doing here?

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Eh, sorry. I thought you were asking me.
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God you're sick.

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Originally Posted by DrDoppio View Post

Well this isn't really about Apple haters, it's about Android haters. How else would you describe people that do not use Android, yet spend a lot of time trying to convince others how insecure Android is? Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.

Ah but they do. Nearly 50% of any discussion will include comments of how iOS does or does not do this.
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God you're sick.

Now, as your message squeezed in later, Nelson is going to think that you were commenting on his post... and so on it goes.
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Surely the jail break exploits are considered malware, especially one click jail break websites. I would bet that Apple considers these exploits as malware.
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Surely the jail break exploits are considered malware, especially one click jail break websites. I would bet that Apple considers these exploits as malware.

Malware means bad or malicious software. If the user is purposely seeking it out and employeeing it's use it's not malware. Whether Apple likes it or not is irrelevant. What all jailbreaks for iOS do is use exploits that Apple works to close when discovered to prevent actual malware from entering, but Android's malware are mostly getting in pretending to be legitimate apps but doing something nefarious the user didn't expect.
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Well this isn't really about Apple haters, it's about Android haters. How else would you describe people that do not use Android, yet spend a lot of time trying to convince others how insecure Android is? Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.

They don't have to discuss how much iOS sucks on Android sites, they come here. Which iOS users absolutely do not reciprocate.

iOS users might indulge in a bit of schadenfreude, earned or no, on what is ostensibly a site for Apple discussion (on an internet where Apple discussion is typically shouted down with something approaching racial animosity).

Whereas Android users feel compelled to seek out an Apple site to belittle Apple's users, at length, over and over again.

Who needs constant reassurance, again?
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They don't have to discuss how much iOS sucks on Android sites, they come here. Which iOS users absolutely do not reciprocate.

iOS users might indulge in a bit of schadenfreude, earned or no, on what is ostensibly a site for Apple discussion (on an internet where Apple discussion is typically shouted down with something approaching racial animosity).

Whereas Android users feel compelled to seek out an Apple site to belittle Apple's users, at length, over and over again.

Who needs constant reassurance, again?

Before Apple reached the heights that it now enjoys, there was practically none of the conflict on this site that is now witnessed. Says enough I think. \
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This is why the iPad (and iOS) is a magical device.

Microsoft, has conditioned people into thinking viruses are just an inevitable part of computing. They are certainly not going away when antivirus companies have an ongoing financial incentive.

Apple has shown them that the system just needed to be overhauled.

I'm sure there will be the occasional virus that sneaks through the App Store in the future but I trust that Apple will be quick to deal with it. They certainly have the infrastructure by way of killswitches etc to deal with the problem with almost no input from the user.

I'd say a once-off, so called "Apple tax" compares very favourably to a lifetime of McAffee nagware.
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Here's a little conversation from me and from possibly the worlds biggest Android fanboy on YouTube. Thought u guys might get a kick out of it.

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If u like having a good chance of having malware on your device go with Android lmao.
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@ICON7T6 Hey man, missed ya bro. I miss destroying you HAHAHAHAHAHA. Your little iToy can't compete, get outta here and come back when you finally find a legitimate argument. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH B*****!!!!!

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The Whole Android malware situation is a legitimate argument and a problem. Have u been living under a rock lol? I guess I would try to ignore it to and also kinda be upset just like u if I owned an Android device lmao. Sorry I struck a nerve lololol. Just thought I would pop in and see how it was going. Peace and watch out for them viruses man!!

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A new study has found that iOS remained untouched by malware during the second quarter, while Android faced 76 percent more threats than in the first quarter, making it the most targeted mobile platform. See man that's no joke lololol. Sucks to be u lmao. Catch ya later!

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Somebody's in denial lmao. I know it hurts man but it will be ok. I'm not the one u need to explain this to. It's allover the Internet so u better get work lololol.

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Apple's iOS unaffected by malware as Android exploits surge 76%

Bullshit.

Lock My Phone - Security Software is nothing but malware and it was the #1 paid 'effing app on the iPhone app store. It's still #6 and it has been a couple of weeks.

McAfee are irrelevant.

Apple need to clean this shit up.
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Do you really believe that anyone on Android fan sites spends time discussing how much iOS sucks? Newsflash: not everyone needs constant reassurance.

Actually, yes, it's exactly like that. These days I can't go to the comments section of any friggin tech website to read something insightful, because the only thing you see is hating and trolling on Apple products, and what's even more sad, lots of hyperbole and stereotype about the kind of people who use them. If I post anything even remotely positive about any Apple product, I have a 90% chance of being called a fanboy within the hour.

I don't go to 'Android fan sites', but extrapolating the kind of people that seem to be most adamant about Android, I'd guess I would find largely the same sentiments about iOS there.
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Bullshit.

Lock My Phone - Security Software is nothing but malware and it was the #1 paid 'effing app on the iPhone app store. It's still #6 and it has been a couple of weeks.

McAfee are irrelevant.

Apple need to clean this shit up.

Excuse me, but how is that application even remotely classifiable as malware? It's just a very lame fake phone locking tool that doesn't actually do anything, but it's not malware by any stretch of the definition.

The description for the application literally says it doesn't do anything:

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This app is intended for entertainment purposes only and does not provide security functionality.

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It is proven that the illusion of security is almost as effective as true security. This app provides the illusion of security. Your phone can still be unlocked as normal, but the lock screen background you create with this app makes it appear to intruders as if you have added security.

I'm all with you if you want to rave about McAfee and all the other 'security' software manufacturers, because in my mind, all of it is just one big scam (ie: if you just use your brain, you don't need no stinkin' security software on any system, unless you are still using windows 9x). But this application you are linking to, to prove there is 'malware' on iOS, it really doesn't make any sense.
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Easy access to malware is proving to be one of the few ways in which android remains "open."
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Hehe, true dat. We should get more fandroids to read AI. How else is the word going to get out.

They have plenty, they are the ones I place in the ignore list for the most part.

As to your concern that Apple users are discussing this, check out the OP's heading.

Back on topic .... The first reply was spot on. I just want to add I like being in the walled garden. Perhaps Apple should make more of the advantages and use that phrase in ads. Given Android and PC users love to use that phrase all the time they'd be helping the cause.
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