As we can see, the Android OS is looking like a major malware magnet. Although mobile malware has skyrocketed in the last few years (because of increasing smartphone use), Android has been forced to bear the main brunt of the attacks. Before people start screaming that Android is unsafe, let me just reassure everyone: Apple ain't doing that much better either. In fact, anyone that owns a jailbroken iPhone - and that's a significant amount of people - is opening the way for hacks and malware attacks.
Basically, hackers are using all of the same techniques that we are familiar with on our PCs and simply transfering them over to smartphones. With more and more people switching over to smartphones (by some estimates 90% of Americans will own smartphones in 2015) the dangers of malware viruses getting onto your device are exponentially increasing.
Below is a good rule of thumb on how to be safe and prevent any malware from creeping onto your phone: