Android has a history of being an insecure operating system, or rather it has a history of being portrayed as an insecure operating system. It is perhaps justified in a way, because Android is built on Linux, and many industry shaking vulnerabilities were discovered in Linux over the past two years. Although they have been patched now, most Android devices in the wild don’t receive updates so fast or at all, so they are still pretty vulnerable.
But don’t use that opportunity to think that Google is sitting on its laurels not doing anything, because it has just released its second ever Android Security Report, and the report shows that Google has took a lot of measures to reduce the chances of you installing malware by 40%, and Spyware by almost 60% (Now there is only 0.02% probability that you will get a spyware app). Google has made progress in several other metrics, and all that is thanks to it vetting over 6 billion apps every day for malicious behavior.
Indeed, Google has been taking security more seriously, partnering with manufacturers to ensure that mission critical security updates are released monthly, which is a huge shift in how the industry handles updates.
What do you think?