Marvin, if you read your own links you probably recognized they actually support my opinion
that Android isn't riddled with malware, shouldn't be a major concern particularly for Western users, nor is it something that most users will ever encounter. Yup, Android users are more exposed to potential malware than iOS owners, but one guy who downloaded pirated apps gets a porn ad popup and you believe that's evidence of wide-spread and all-pervasive Android viruses? Oddly enough no one jumped in with "it happened to me too!"
Your second link that prompted the suggestion of a phone condom notes "The prevalence of this threat is very low and limited to a certain region
." In other words darn unlikely that you'll even "know somebody who knows somebody whose cousin said they got it", so the emergency condom can stay wrapped for the time-being. Acquiring malware from a malicious phone charger is probably more likely. . . oh wait, that's not Android.
Have you ever read up on iOS provisioning profiles and the potential for maliciousness? Is it something that Apple users should be concerned with and stay on constant guard for? Should enterprises be taking precautions against the danger?
Are Mactan's in part behind the Apple offer to replace 3rd party chargers? Should iPhone and iPad users be ever vigilant when using any charger other than their own Apple-made?
How about Jekyll-type trojan apps making their way into Apple's "walled garden"? Is it potentially a serious exploitable vulnerability that should scare Apple users into only downloading highly rated apps and avoiding anything unknown?
Hardly. I think you'd be more inclined to put those malware infection possibilities on the tin-hat shelf. The thought of malware should never enter an iOS users mind. All mobile malware infects Android and Android alone so they really should be scared. . . along with those four Symbian users.
Would that be an accurate description of your opinion? I wouldn't think so. I'd completely agree if you said that much more malware makes it to Android devices than those running iOS. That doesn't then mean that Android trojans and viruses are therefor prevalent and something all users should always be on guard against.
IMO, malware shouldn't qualify as huge concern no matter the mobile platform you choose. Of course if the security companies can find a way they'll scare us into believing it is. Seems to work to some degree too.
Anyway, I've got nothing more to add and certainly don't expect any minds were changed. Still an interesting discussion tho.Edited by Gatorguy - 8/31/13 at 4:52pm