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Can Android devices get a mobile virus?

Like any mobile device, when you connect to the Internet, download anything, or click on links, Android devices are susceptible to mobile malware and viruses. Actually, devices that run on the Android operating system are the most susceptible to viruses and malware when compared to other operating systems. Lookout Mobile Security recently published its mobile threat predictions for 2013, anticipating that 18 million Android users will encounter mobile malware by the end of 2013.

The fact that Android devices are most susceptible to malware is mostly due to Android’s free and open app market. This is unlike Apple’s App Store, for example, where each app must be approved to be listed in the store for download. Android apps do not need to be approved by anyone. So, app developers can freely upload their apps, and Android uses then come along and download them, without any knowledge of any viruses that may be housed within.

For advice on to avoid malware and viruses on your Android device, see also,

How do I secure my Android phone?” and “Does antivirus software exist for Android phones?

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