In the third quarter of this year, TrendMicro found a nearly sixfold increase in the number of Android malware. The vendor also reported a significant rise in the amount of aggressive mobile adware designed to collect personal data in violation of user privacy.
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For businesses, Gartner recommends skipping antivirus software in favor of technology that manages the use of applications and corporate data on mobile devices.
"Whether it's [Apple] iOS or Android, what businesses do need are ways of saying, 'How can we be sure sensitive company data doesn't get on these devices and then goes off of these devices," Pescatore said.
Google may boost security further on Android, but the company is likely to stop short of taking full control. Instead, it is expected to continue to offer options, while letting the user make the final decision.
"I think they'll always be on the side that if users want to harm themselves, we'll let them," Pescatore said.
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