According to security company G Data, a new piece of Android malware is discovered every 10 seconds, that equates to just under 8,400 instances of new Android malware every single day.
According to their data, 2013 saw almost 1.2 million pieces of Android malware being discovered by the company. This increased to close to 1.55 million in 2014 before it rose to 2.33 million in 2015, and finally last year they found just under 3.25 million instances of malware for Android. The company says they are forecasting this year to end with around 3.5 million instance of malware, but it could go even higher. So it just goes to show you how important it is for an OEM to push out monthly security updates to their customers.
“Security holes in the Android OS are nothing unusual, as with other operating systems and software,” said G Data in a blog post. “Numerous companies such as Microsoft, Adobe or Google are simply expected to regularly publish security updates for their software products at least once a month. Owners of Nexus or Pixel devices receive updates for these directly from Google.”
Not only is there a ton of Android malware out there, but the risk is worse considering how few people currently use Android 7.0 Nougat — which is the latest and safest version of Android. Older versions of Android are more at risk because of the fact that many holes in the software had yet to be discovered when they were released, and because many of them no longer receive security updates. Currently, only 4.9 percent of devices run Android 7.0 Nougat, while 31 percent run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 32 percent run Android 5.0 Lollipop.
You should be careful when downloading new apps and files to your Android phone. On top of that, most of the malware will never be a risk to people who only download apps from the Google Play Store.