malware snapshot 500x405 Some Android users shocked to find out that porn sites infect their phones with malware.So wait…let me get this straight. You mean that if I go searching for porn on the Internet, there’s a chance that I could get malware? Say it ain’t so!

OK, enough snark. But honestly, this is approaching the point of ridiculous.

Kaspersky researcher Denis Maslennikov is referenced, in a post today on Forbes, concerning Android users acquiring malware infections after searching for Russian pornography. Apparently some users are finding themselves unable to resist the allure of installing a 3rd-party application from a Russian porn website and are then stunned to find out that they’ve been bamboozled into sending high dollar text messages to premium rate telephone numbers.

There are a couple of issues at hand here, and I think that there’s a 3rd issue that needs to actually be resolved first.

  1. If this happens to you, then you need to give your Android to a friend who you consider to be smart at the Internet.
  2. Downloading applications from 3rd party websites is always a risk.
  3. You have to allow your device to install applications from untrusted sources.

The basic fact here is that if you’re going to take risky action, there’s a chance that you’re going to get burned. You could have this same result by going to an untrusted site via your desktop Internet browser at home. The fact that it’s being targeted specifically to Android phones is merely a marker of an increasing market share.

So let’s review:

First – Don’t enable your phone to install applications from untrusted sources unless you’re really sure of what you’re doing.

Second – Don’t install things that come from random porn sites.

Third – If you choose to ignore the first two thoughts, then you probably should pick a phone that won’t allow you to install anything that doesn’t come from its own applications repository.