Watch out for what you have decided to install on your Android device, as it turns out the malicious softwares for Google’s mobile operating system are multiplying at an alarming rate.

G Data – a security research firm – have discovered that more than 750,000 new malicious apps sprung out in the first quarter of this year. The data laos estimated the total number will grow up to a staggering 3.5 million by the end of this year.

The G Data report further warns against the phones made by the third-party phone-makers, as those devices tend to receive software updates less frequently, hence more open to the vulnerable to the attacks.

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The researchers also noted that in comparison to this year, they were able to identify at least 3.2 and 2.3 million infected apps in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

According to their findings, G Data claims Android Lollipop and Marshmallow were the biggest affected operating systems, as they accounted for two-thirds of all infected apps.

Here is the full breakdown:

◘ Gingerbread (2.3 – 2.3.7): 0.9%
◘ Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 – 4.0.4): 0.9%
◘ Jelly Bean (4.1.x – 4.3): 10.1%
◘ KitKat (4.4): 20.0%
◘ Lollipop (5.0 – 5.1): 32.0%
◘ Marshmallow (6.0): 31.2%
◘ Nougat (7.0 – 7.1): 4.9%

Given that almost nine out of 10 handsets worldwide run on Android, it is hardly surprising that attackers are targeting Google’s OS.

To stay out of harm’s way: Make sure you update your phone to the latest Android OS and download apps exclusively from the Play Store.

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