Android security has come a long way since the days when malware filled the Google Play app store. But as Google preps the latest version of Android—version 4.4 KitKat—it still has gaps to fill. In the recent past, many of the security questions that have plagued Android were solved by third-party security vendors. The likes of Lookout, Kaspersky, McAfee and others have patrolled Android, plugging the holes that Google was too busy to see.

Where are those holes in Android security now? We turned to the antivirus maker Bitdefender for some reference.

Unlike Apple's iOS, the Google Play app store has long been much more vulnerable to malefactors; there's no formal review of apps prior to display like there is at Apple. One consequence: Waves of malware, spyware, viruses and trojans in Android apps (although exactly how much users have suffered remains unclear).

Google has done quite a bit to beef up Google Play security with programs such as "Bouncer," which monitors apps in the store for malicious activity. Google also released the Android Device Manager to locate lost or stolen phones, a long overdue service previously offered only by third party vendors.
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--jeremy