March 11, 2013 1:09pm
Piriform, creators of CCleaner (formerly Crap Cleaner), popular “clean up your hard drive” app creators, have announced they will be adapting the app for Android devices. CCleaner for Windows is great because with one click you can remove many temporary files that may contribute to bogging down the operating system.
While it’s not clear exactly how CCleaner for Android will work, it’s assumed that some of the basic functions — cleaning temporary files, clearing browser cache and history — will be available. But let’s not jump to the ‘Android is Windows’ accusations right away. While it’s been said that Android comprises the highest percentage of mobile malware, that number is still much lower than even “virus-free” OS X, and doesn’t come close to its prevalence on Windows. Mobile malware may be a problem to consider, but Android is still far more sandboxed than any desktop OS and has many safeguards in place to prevent infection, especially on more recent versions like Jelly Bean.
It’s not a bad idea to take your mobile security seriously: don’t be an idiot. Don’t pirate apps, don’t download from shady websites, and definitely don’t open unknown email attachments. Using a third-party security tool is probably unnecessary but solutions from McAfee, Norton, Lookout and others likely won’t hurt.
To put things in perspective, I’ve never heard of an Android user getting hit with malware, but my mom has heard via the news that the operating system is insecure. It’s a good story blown way out of proportion.