Android Trojan Turns Up

You know that your personal computer is vulnerable to Trojans, worms, and other nasty malware. But at least your smartphone is safe. Right?

Think, again. As reported in this MSNBC.com article, Trend Micro researchers have found a data-harvesting Trojan lurking in Android Market.

The Market is supposed to protect you. By default, it's the only place where an Android phone or tablet can download an app. Unlike iOS, Android has an option that allows you to download apps from "Unknown sources," but that option comes with a warning that such apps make your phone more vulnerable.

To be fair, this particular evil program, App Installer, is no longer on the Market. But similar programs, many carrying essentially the same malware, have been found in the past. More will certainly be discovered in the future.

That package has been named DroidDreamLight, and is a variant of an earlier Trojan, DroidDream. It probably is a dream for the crooks who invented it and are now making a comfortable if illegal living. For the victims, it's a nightmare.

Once your phone is infected, it will send identification data out every time it makes or receives a call. Who does that information go to? Let's just say they have no legitimate right to your information, and they don't place your well-being high on their priority list.

Android malware has become a serious matter. According to a Trend Micro blog post, Android malware increased by more than 1,400 percent in the first eight months of 2011.

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you need dependable, real-time protection, such as Trend Micro Mobile Security. You can buy this as a separate program, but it also comes with the Windows-protecting Titanium Maximum Security.

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