Android security is flimsy at best. We all know it. Despite the fact that Android is the biggest player in the smartphone rat race, it is plagued with problems and attacks from malware such as spy apps for Android and a plethora of other computer monitoring apps.
The problems within the platform and those emerging from the third party apps rampant on the official marketplace are enough in themselves to have you drowning in antivirus and antispyware tools.
No Flash Please
And then there is Flash player, which is a known problematic technology. Flash files are easy and convenient to use since they allow you to watch videos and other dynamic content online.
But since its ease and use is applicable to everyone, this includes hackers and malware professionals too. Flash files are constantly corrupted and then used to transfer viruses from PC to PC via the web.
Adobe, the company famous for having produced the iconic Flash Player has announced as of late that they will no longer be developing any more of their patented technology for Android.
But the talk of the town is that the security issues won’t be resolved just because Flash will no longer be supported for Android, or at least the security on the Google mobile operating system surely won’t.
So the news is that the Android Jellybean version 4.1 will not have any Flash on it nor will it get any updates further on. Google has already introduced its version of the Jellybean and its set to be available for all before July ends.
Why doesn’t the presence of Flash matter so much to security analysts? Well according to them, Flash is a pain on computer systems and has been known to be a vehicle for computer monitoring apps but the risk for android via flash has been limited; simply because hackers haven’t banked on it as a facilitator for malware as such. Or at least that is what the folks over at Kaspersky Labs have to say.
But the decision isn’t really a shock, or reason for greif, for anyone in particular. Adobe stated back in November that it would switch to Adobe AIR which will be running on multiple platforms for Application usage.
This is supposed to be a move that will later fall in with web developers making the switch to HTML5. Nonetheless, adobe will continue to make Flash for PC’s in an ironic play.
One of the major reasons that the news is not being treated as a reason to panic is that at the moment, most Android users are trailing behind with versions 2.1 to 2.3.7.
By the time the upgrades will take place, Flash replacements will most likely be available anyway. iPhone users aren’t bothered since Apple gave up Flash Player ages ago for its slow running time and fast battery extermination.
But on another front, the fact remains that even if Adobe drops the flash, as it has claimed to do publically, the problems ailing Android aren’t all that likely to just disappear. If anything, the problem is to get come more fragile.
What flash did and did not do (Flash Trojans are a traumatic reminder for anyone) was at least something security professionals were aware and well versed with.
What the new technology that will eventually come to replace Flash with will be like is anyone’s guess. And how will it affect the current security situation is another matter for debate.
Author Bio :
James Clark has been writing about Home PC Monitoring Software for quite a bit of his career. His articles have been a source of information for those looking to find out more about the latest Computer Spy Software and he’s helped many tackle their privacy and security issues along the way.