According to a study commissioned by security firm NQ mobile, 32.8 million devices are infected with malware. This is an increase of 163% compared to last year and the number of identified infected phones has tripled compared to 2011.
The study researched 5.3 million apps from 406 different web stores. They identified 65,227 potentially dangerous pieces of malware in the last year alone. Malware grows at an enormous rate, as in 2009 there were only 1,649 identified pieces of malware.
A quarter of this spyware and adware is designed to generate profit and steal your personal data. Other malware is designed to make your phone unusable. Malware can also spread from your phone to your computer or laptop via a USB cord. Hackers are inventive and hacks on smartphone will remain a threat for all users. If you don't have an anti-virus app on your phone yet, it might be wise to start considering one.