More Android Malware trouble

The title of this post might make it sound like it's a jab at Android. But however much I am on the iOS bandwagon, I understand the pros and cons of both the mobile platforms. Unfortunately not many do. Just remember one golden rule when it comes to anything in life, "nothing is actually free". Everything has a cost associated to it. In some cases the cost is explicitly known and in some cases it is hidden. I personally prefer to use services whose cost I know and understand implicitly (even if it's more expensive to do so) than a service which in my opinion has hidden associated costs, hence I am an iOS user.

Here in another article (via CNN) which brings to light a massive data and privacy breach on more than a million Android users. This is no terrible in so many ways, but the worst thing is that many of the users end up getting affected and not realize the impact until after a very long time, by which its too late to salvage anything. The cost of iOS's safety is its lack of choice and openness and the cost of Android's openness is its lack of security (both these are of course relative statements)!

Hackers have gained access to more than 1.3 million Google accounts — emails, photos, documents and more — by infecting Android phones through illegitimate apps... That discovery comes from computer researchers at Check Point, a cybersecurity firm. On Wednesday, Google confirmed to CNNMoney the nature and extent of the problem.
— via CNN