The new Android phones may be some of the best, most impressive technology on the market, but that’s not always enough to make a business happy. When businesses and personal owners need to protect information, Androids are not the most trustworthy device. In fact, Androids were ranked low by security specialists, which determined that enterprise mobile security isn’t exactly safe. As it turns out, Android has several security problems that keep it at the bottom of the list when it comes to personal information safety.
The biggest threat to Android security has to be the fragmentation. When referring to the Android, fragmentation refers to the widely diverse variety of products, devices, versions and system that make up the Android name. The Android name has nearly 4,000 different products attached to its name, all of which vary vastly in their abilities. This means that, even if two people bought an ‘Android’ product, they could be purchasing completely different devices that aren’t even compatible with each other. This fragmentation makes the Android experience hard to determine, since everyone has an individual experience. This is also a high security threat because there is no way to apply a similar security program or solution to all Android products. Therefore, even if customers purchase security-enhancing products, there’s no guarantee they will work, since they often can’t be catered to all devices.
Applications also pose a significant security threat to Android. With low regulation and speedy delivery of new apps, hackers are able to easily move about in the interconnected networks. Applications can be used to carry viruses and create gateways for other security threats to enter. With new application appearing every day, it’s difficult to find a way to lower this security threat. Plus, more and more information is being input through Android systems into the digital sphere, where hackers can access it.
Since Android products are fragmented, full of data and littered with unregulated apps, the products have become a main target for criminals worldwide. The very fact that fraudulent users are hacking and corrupting these products on a wide scale has decreased their general security levels. Other issues include the general widespread use of Android products (it is the most popular mobile product in the world) and the customer’s unawareness to the growing security threat. Without preparation, individuals will be at a higher and higher risk of security threats in the coming years.