10 Things Google Won't Tell You
22 Oct 2012
By: Quentin Fottrell, SmartMoney
6. "Don't forget to load up on antivirus."
The gold rush to get apps onto the Android market has led to piracy -- rogue apps with potentially malicious malware -- which increases the risk of viruses, studies say. Earlier this year, fake software disguised as the popular games app Angry Birds, which was available through third-party stores for Android phones, infiltrated many smartphones. The rogue app quietly sent out a text in order to receive a string of premium-rate messages, costing victims around $8 per text. This led Rovio -- the maker of the real Angry Birds app -- to issue a warning about rogue Android apps.