“McAfee, the virus scanning software that anyone who bought a Windows PC in the last however many years is likely familiar with, has released an alarming report on malware for mobile devices, and it doesn’t look so good for Google, but does for Apple,” Mark Knapp writes for Wall St. Cheat Sheet.

“McAfee’s report details a number of different backdoors, exploits, and spyware that allow attackers to access personal files on smartphones,” Knapp writes. “From there, the attackers have a wide range of actions they can take, from harvesting sensitive data to controlling the device entirely. This is not the kind of thing a user wants to happen, especially as devices are quite expensive and the data stored on them is increasing every year — even banking data is growing on smart devices, which would be dangerous in the wrong hands.”

Knapp writes, “This all is especially bad news for Google because the vast majority of the malware that McAfee found was on the Android operating system. Android was followed by Nokia’s Symbian, other mobile operating systems, and then Java ME. According to McAfee, Android made up ’97 percent of total mobile malware.’ This is a perfect case of ‘what’s bad for Google is good for Apple,’ because the McAfees results don’t even mention the word ‘Apple’ once, and there are no allusions to worms.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Smart buyers choose Apple products over poor imitations.

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