Malware targeting mobile devices has been on the rise for some time now, and a recent study by Juniper Networks found that Google's Android is the most vulnerable to cyber attacks.

According to the report, the number of malware attacks targeting Android devices has increased by an astounding 400 percent since last summer.

While the report did not offer an explanation as to why Android is such an attractive target for cyber criminals, one could assume that it is due to the mobile operating system's open source licensing. While this does make it more accessible to developers and mobile device manufacturers, it can also make it vulnerable to malicious coding and other forms of cyber attacks.

Juniper recommends several steps to help all smartphone and tablet users keep their devices and their mobile accessories safe. These include robust password protection, installing an anti-malware solution, using a personal firewall and implementing anti-spam software.

As smartphones and tablets become more popular, experts also recommend users educate themselves about the devices. In fact, this may be the most important step to ensuring personal information isn't lost or accidentally exposed.