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____/ bbgruff on Monday 28 Nov 2011 12:07 : \____
> On Monday 28 November 2011 11:15 Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote this copyrighted missive and expects royalties:
>>> Android scare: percentages do not tell the real tale
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| In its eagerness to put a computer running its software on every desk,
>>>| Microsoft has spawned a number of ancillary industries, the most
>>>| pernicious of which is the anti-virus group. McAfee is a major force in
>>>| this industry.
>> They're showing Kaspersky ads on teevee over here (US). All-in-one
>> protection for desktop, tablet, and mobile. Sheesh.
>> McAfee issued a press release last week that, in its very first
>> paragraph, said Android malware was up by 37 percent. Looks
>> impressive until you ask McAfee for the actual numbers. Michael
>> Sentonas, chief technical officer for Australia and New Zealand, said
>> they were unable to provide numbers - I wonder why - and then
>> referred me to a graph in the 21-page report (PDF) that accompanied
>> the press release.
>> According to said graph, there were 60 samples of unique Android
>> malware collected in the second quarter. That number grew to 82 in
>> the third quarter. There you have the 37 percent growth. Sounds like
>> a declamation from a prophet of doom when you use the percentage
>> instead of the actual numbers.
>> The word Windows was mentioned once in that 21-page report. Once. And
>> yet on probing, Sentonas admitted that of the 75 million unique
>> malware samples McAfee expected to collect in 2011, more than 95 per
>> cent would attack only one platform. No prizes for guessing the
>> platform in question.
>> We need to do something about the Windows Malware Monopoly :-D
> Agreed - and to be fair, Apple is quite good at "doing something about it"
> as well.
> One thing that *did* strike me about the article. Windows (7) now offers
> its own "gratis" A/V. A lot seem to use it, consumers at least.
> It looks as though similar will be *bundled* with Windows 8.
> *Question* - where does that leave the 3rd party A/V people?
> *Answer* - Looking for a new source of income!
> Neither GNU/Linux nor OSX are likely to be fertile ground for that.
> Let me see now.... where would it be best to start spreading the FUD....?
Windows... with 1% market share in mobile :-)
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz, Research Fellow
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