Very basically, sandboxing for those of you that don’t know, tries to control the rights of an application through permissions , or entitlements as Apple calls them, so that they don’t automatically have full control over the whole computer or smartphone. Sandboxing however gives the user a false sense of security “by implying that apps which run in a sandbox are automatically not malicious – which simply is not true.” On top of that the majority of malware dies not get onto a device through applications but rather through “drive by downloads”; again basically- surfing the wrong place. Another downfall of the sandboxing method of “protection” is that most users slide right past the permissions part of installing an application and simply click ‘ok’ to everything. Furthermore in the Andriod market the applications are not curated or vetted (examined by someone to make sure it’s safe) so a developer could install nearly anything within an application. Don’t think you’re safe if you use an iPhone however…even with the scrutiny there are still major holes
You think I’m blowing smoke up your. ..app…then just watch this video.
I could go on with my views about smartphone apps and malware but you’d be better off reading this article for yourself. Honestly I think anyone that either has a smartphone or is interested in security should definitely read it.