A study on Android malware and anti-malware techniques

Hammond, Jack (2013) A study on Android malware and anti-malware techniques. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Smartphones now occupy a somewhat perplexing ubiquity within society. Over the past 5 years ownership of these devices has seen enormous growth and running parallel to this, the capabilities has risen at an almost equal pace if not more. It is perhaps now more accurate to refer to smartphones as pocket computers as they now possess specifications and can carry out tasks that wouldn’t be out of place on a laptop. Processors are now numbering multiple cores, with the latest Tegra processor from nVidia having four processor cores. The screens has advanced from the 84x84 monochrome LCD display found on the Nokia 3310 to the 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED high definition display adorning Samsung’s latest flagship phone the Galaxy S3. Their wide array of connectivity options also mean that these devices are allowing users to lead an ‘always connected’ life.
    It comes as no surprise then that we are entrusting these devices with more and more of our personal information. We carry out banking transactions, send and receive emails, browse the web, take photos and record videos and of course the more traditional acts of SMS and voice calls. With this wealth of data stored on these innocuous looking devices, why then are we not more concerned and indeed informed as to how capable they are of protecting said data and just what risks exist out there that may lead to data being lost, stolen or altered without our consent or knowledge?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 12:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/12675

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