Perhaps there is a silver lining to the news about malware found in Android apps. Smartphone security is taking center stage as a topic of conversation, and that's a very good thing. I spoke to a number of people at RSA who were concerned about how security wasn't keeping up with smartphone use. Perhaps that is changing.
Carl Weinschenk pointed out a number of mobile security announcements made recently (many of them focusing on Android, which right now seems to have the weakest security among smartphones).
Over at ZDNet, Steven Vaughn-Nichols mentioned the ways that Google is addressing the malicious apps, but he also suggests a few other things Google may want to consider about security:
Or, here's an idea. This malware only worked on versions of Android that were 2.2.2 or lower. So, how about making almost every Android user in the world happy-not to mention developers-and get the phone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to update all their Android devices to 2.3, the latest major version? Sure, some phones using say Android 1.6 may not be able to handle it, but I'll bet most smartphones would do better with 2.3, not to mention being safer.
I found myself nodding a lot as I read Vaughn-Nichols' article. Android ended up being my smartphone platform, and since I got my phone five months ago, I've been searching for ways to make sure I keep the phone secure, and my security solutions and advice are very similar. Of course, that could be because there still aren't many other options out there.