If Android has so many security issues, why is the software platform so popular? Easy. It’s an open source software platform. As PYMNTS.com’s own David Evans discussed earlier this year, Android’s software is free – any smartphone manufacturer can download the code and use it without license fees or anything. However, this is truly a double-edged sword. With there being no “King of Android,” security weaknesses are a serious risk with OpenSSL.
For example, in August 2013, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about the security of Android phones. The government agency released a report saying Android accounts for 79 percent of mobile malware, while Apple’s iOS accounts for 0.7 percent.
Flash forward to April of this year, and not only did Android users’ hearts break, but they bled. News broke of the “Heartbleed” bug, which potentially put millions of phones at risk. The vulnerability could expose people to hacking of their passwords and other sensitive information.
Here are a few of the heartaches that have happened to Android users over the last month alone.