Windows is one of the well-liked operating system. There is no doubt about it. But do you know the popularity of this OS lured malware creators to target it with different types of attacks? I have been using Windows for years and came across several virus threats on certain occasions. But none affected my home laptop running genuine Windows 7 premium edition. All the attack I faced was on my Office PC running Windows XP. For many years Microsoft’s Windows operating system, mainly XP, were the main target for malware creators. But things are changing little bit lately.
ESET’s new white paper “Trends for 2012 : Malware Goes Mobile” portrays the new threat scenario in 2012. According to their report, desktop computer threat has moved to mobile world. The growing popularity of smartphone is the main reason behind it. And the platform? No doubt, it is mainly the popular mobile operating system from Google called Android. If we take in to account the amount of devices and number of threats, it will be clear that malicious software creators have found the same exploitability that Windows has now on Android.
As we all know there is significant growth in the use of mobile device. It will be more obvious in 2012. Earlier, i.e. before 2011, malicious programs were targeting Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms. But due to the dominance of Android platform the situation changed in 2011. Now there are more than 500 million mobile devices in use world wide. And the interesting thing is that one of each four mobile devices is a smart phone. According to the status by Gartner Consulting Firm, the market share of mobile devices are as follows as on mid 2011.
Market Share Mobile Device : Android 43%, Symbian 22%, iOS 18%, RIM 12%, Microsoft 2% and Other 3%
ESET white paper provides useful information on the new threat challenges. Read it below.