40 per cent of Android smartphone and 42 per cent of Android tablet owners fail to protect their devices from malware even though 99 per cent of attacks are aimed at the Android platform, reports Kaspersky Lab research.
The research discovered 35,000 malicious samples for the whole of 2012, and a huge 47,000 for the first half of 2013.
The threats to Android vary from cyber-criminals programing a smartphone to send text messages to a premium rate number, in-turn stealing money from their account, to turning a device into a spying gadget, recording all the users passwords, calls and online banking accounts to fraudsters.
It was reported earlier in the year that Android malware threats spiked 35 per cent year-on-year,coming from a plethora of forms, such as" SMS-stealing banking malware, fraudulent dating and entertainment apps, weaponised legitimate apps and malicious apps posing as useful tools.
Smartphones and tablets have become the place where our most important information is stored for a large percentage of people, meaning that any attack on our phone to be devastating.
Kaspersky offer internet security for Android, integrating cutting-edge the that detects cyber-threats, and includes a set of intelligent mechanisms that can proactively detect even the newest unknown threats by monitoring their behaviour.
Kaspersky Internet Security for Android is available on the Kaspersky Labís official site and from Android Apps on Google Play.