Does phone security matter anymore?
We have seen malware targeted at iPhone (The Rick Astley worm, the botnet that came a month after) and Android (The Fake Instagram App) and it seems that mobile devices are always under a looming threat as they get more popular.
RIM used to market their phones as the "secure" platform that nobody has "rooted" or "jailbroken" yet it did not help them that much when you look where the market is today.
When you use (or buy) a phone, are you concerned about security threats?
I don't think that the critical marker of security is that nobody has rooted the phone, I think it's a question of how much exposure users have when using the phone, and what mitigation options are available (remote wipe, for example).
The rise of mobile malware on all platforms is evident and Kaspersky this week announced it is expecting it to rise in the near future.
Having mitigation options is important, as you state, and there are Android antivirus apps (possibly iPhone ones too, I havent checked the App Store recently)
Perhaps users will have to be more security conscious though in the near future
The sad thing is that there will always be people who will write code that is used to get information that they shouldn't have access to. I don't think that any OS vendor is immune from that; Apple was recently hit with a virus on their desktop OS that infected 1% of their user base; daringfireball.net/2012/04/flashback_eword
The key is how the vendor responds to the reports; do they send out patches and support the customer or do they suggest that their customer base should use a class of app (anti virus) that they haven't needed before?