updated 08:00 pm EDT, Tue April 26, 2011
Android malware sees huge increase since fall
Internet security company Kaspersky has released some numbers that show there are 70 different types of malware out there for the Android operating system. According to PCWorld, this represents a major growth, as in September there were just two viruses, Kaspersky found. There are little checks in place to prevent this, as developers need to sign up to the Android Marketplace for $25.
Google's protection systems include a "sandbox" environment that runs the apps in separate memory hives that should technically protect the whole phone or mobile device from being compromised. Google can also remove apps it finds them to be malicious remotely after they have been installed. Users are also informed of what hardware components of the phone are used by each app.
Malware reached more than an estimated 400,000 phones with DroidDream malware last month.