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Android beats iOS and Windows as least-secure mobile OS, Nokia report finds


Android devices are much more likely to become infected compared to those on other operating systems, according to Nokia's 2017 Threat Intelligence Report.

Of all infected devices in the past year, 68.50% were running on the Android platform, according to the report. Windows was in second, accounting for 27.96% of infections. Around 3.54% were running iOS. Overall, 0.68% of all mobile devices were infected at some point in 2017.

This means 0.94% of all Android devices were infected, slightly above Google's 2016 Q4 estimate of 0.71%.

SEE: BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policy (Tech Pro Research)

The Android operating system is more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals, Kevin McNamee, director of Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent Kindsight Security Labs, told TechRepublic's sister site ZDNet. The biggest security threat facing Android devices and their users is trojanized apps, commonly downloaded through third-party app stores, McNamee said.

Those third-party stores do not have the...(continued)

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