Do you know what version of Android you have on your smartphone? Do you still have Android 7? Or maybe Android 8? Or do you use an older smartphone with an older version of the operating system?
Google has now confirmed that the older the Android operating system, the greater the risk of catching malware. Find out all you need to know with us.
Android version and the malware danger
The older the Android version that you have on your smartphone, the greater the risk of you becoming infected with Android malware. The risks of potentially harmful apps increase with the age of the operating system version. That’s what Google’s latest transparency report says.
Overall, the risk of loading malicious apps onto the smartphone is less than one percent – no matter which version you use. And thanks to Google Play Protect, there are additional security features since 2017. It also gives you a better view of the status of your device.
What is Google Play Protect doing?
Google Play Protect is complete protection for your Android device that protects your device from malicious apps. Play Protect does that by scanning the apps every day. Should an update with malicious software land onto your phone, the Play Protect should find it.
But since Play Protect only cares about app security, additional anti-virus protection is essential. Because dangerous links in emails or malware as an attachment are still popular methods to get your data or even encrypt it. Of course, you will get comprehensive virus protection from your local TrustATec partner.
Android version – the risks
Depending on the Android version, the risk of installing malicious apps is different. According to Google, the distribution is as follows:
For smartphones running Android 5.x (Lollipop), the proportion of devices with potentially harmful apps is 0.66 percent. In the also outdated version Android 6.x (Marshmallow), there are still 0.51 percent. The share of infected smartphones and tablets with Android 7.x (Nougat) is 0.25 percent. And for Android 8.x (Oreo), the proportion is even lower at 0.14 percent. The share of malicious software is with Android 9.x (Pie) only 0.06 percent.
Malware danger depends on place of residence
In addition to the Android version, possible infections also have a particularly strong influence on the area in which you use your mobile phone. Smartphone users in India and Indonesia are particularly affected by infected Android devices in the ten countries with the most Android devices. After all, 0.65 percent of all Android smartphones used there were infected with malware during the investigation. In the UK and South Korea, it was only 0.1 percent and in the US 0.53 percent.
Users in the UK are relatively safe from malicious apps. But you are especially safe if you have at least Android 8 on your smartphone. The risk of getting infected is even less on your phone, with Android Pie.
Play Store sure, according to Google
Google also uses the Transparency Report to show that the Play Store is safe. Time and again they are criticised because criminals manage to infiltrate their infected apps or manipulate updates. But thanks to Play Protect, a malicious app was discovered on 0.61 percent of all Android devices worldwide. The proportion of malicious apps downloaded from the Play Store was much lower at 0.09 percent.
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