Jun 23, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Know Why Android Devices Are Safe From WannaCry Ransomware & Similar Cyberthreats

May 18, 2017 04:53 AM EDT


The recent threats of cyber attacks have been massive. In this crucial timeline, the trending cyber attack known as WannaCry Ransomware has turned out to be a worrisome measure to millions. Within days of its outbreak, the cyber threat has infected more than 300,000 of computers running on Microsoft's older version of Windows operating systems throughout 150 nations.

The situation has caused device users to worry about their important data globally. However, despite the higher chance of harm over Windows platforms, Google's Android-based devices are considered to be less prone to such attacks. Let's understand why Android is safer from such threats than Microsoft's OS standards.

According to Cnet, Microsoft usually doesn't allow its older OS versions to be the parts of its latest security patches. The tech giant only updates its latest versions of operating systems like Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. Thus, the machines which run on Windows XP stay at a higher risk of malicious invaders. But unlike this Redmond-based entity, Google offers monthly security patches to its each quotient of Android platforms, beginning from the September 2015 released Android 4.4 to till the latest versions of Android 7.1 Nougat, covering an estimated 735 million Android devices worldwide. Thus, the security limitations stay tight and updated for Android users.

Another thing that can be considered in this regard is the data collection and the importance of those. Techblog pointed that many governments institutions as well as private giants like major corporates, hospital, colleges, offices etc. still use Windows XP. And there are loads of important data transactions are done regularly. So, attackers like WannaCry Ransomware can take over such machines and ask for money in terms of leaving all data to safety without any harm. It has done the similar to many well-known companies recently by compromising their systems which contain numerous files having excessive value and importance.

But unlike Windows computers, Android users aren't expected to store such valuable contents in their devices, by compromising which one can literally gain a huge ransom, according to potential sources. So, in valuation context, Android platforms don't really stand to be compromised by any similar cyber threats like WannaCry Ransomware.

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