Following yesterday's reports of malicious adware being present in 24% of Google Play apps, it should be becoming more apparent to Android users how serious the threat of 'madware' is.
Symantec said in the report that the security risks are expected to grow in the Android applications.
"There was a large increase in the number of malicious APKs in the middle of 2012 and again in the second quarter of 2013," the company added.
"The presence of madware on Google Play has grown from 2011 to 2012 and again in the first half of 2013, while the vast majority of third-party app stores host an even greater presence of madware and malware."
"By the end of this year, we can expect one in four free apps available on Google Play to contain madware."
The third-party app stores are said to contain more security risks while just 11% of the total third-party app stores had a lower amount of madware compared to Google Play.
A recent Kaspersky Lab report found that 99.9 percent of all the new malware detected in the first quarter of 2013 has been designed to prey on Android phones. In total, 22,750 new modifications of malicious programs targeting mobile devices were detected this past quarter.
Luckily for us, Google Play is also infested with hordes of decent anti-virus apps, and no Android user should be seen without one.
So what can you do to protect your Android device from this ever-present but underrated threat?
An awesome free application, TrustGo does exactly what it says on the tin and protects your Android device from threats like malware and viruses, as well as catering for the identity and data theft side of things.
The application also comes with the ever popular "Find My Phone" feature, which include remote location, lock and alarm.
It includes another feature called "Candid Camera" thief ID. Once users have the app installed, they can lock their device.
The next time it catches anybody entering the incorrect password three times; it will capture their photo using your device's front-facing camera and email it to you. It also offers security while browsing the web.
Some of the features of this app include Security Scanner, Secure App Search andSecure Web Browsing.
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