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Malware on Android: is it really the problem security companies tout it to be?

0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2012, 10:42 posted on

You’ve heard it a thousand times - Android is full of malware, viruses, and who knows what. It is just not secure, you need an antivirus app…

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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:03 2

34. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

did you see the infographic? it scans the app uploaded for any malicious code.
Nexus. nuff said

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:40 1

23. xfire99 (Posts: 912; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

Nice article, hopes this ends with all crap, that android have viruses and others OS are not. Common of sense is all it needs and doesnt matter what OS.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:41 6

24. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Despite the asshats who can't read, this was an excellent article. Thank you, Victor. I've been saying this for years.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 13:12

26. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Agreed, victor I apologize for my lash out earlier, this fairness totally redeems you.....for today, lol jk.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 13:56 2

27. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Never had an issue with Malware - the stuff that claims it is for cleaning your phone from this stuff is usually the malware itself. Reminds me of those 'double my speed' commercials - that software is malware/spyware.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:10 1

29. ChrisG (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

I used Lookout for the longest time, and apart from its ability to locate my phone if I lose it or if it's stolen, all it really did was slow down app updates and installations. I've since uninstalled it. Anyone know of a good app (preferably free) that *just* locates your phone and/or makes it "scream"?

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:11

30. ChrisG (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

I guess Lookout did backups, too, but I haven't ever needed that service.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:36

32. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

I run lookout as well, imo its the best choice for free, atleast until i find something better

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:48

48. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

"Where's My Droid" is a free app that can turn ringer on full volume when you text the right keywords to it, or it will text back the phone's GPS coordinates if texted "GPS My Droid".

I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I rarely have my GPS on so if someone steals my phone I'm pretty much screwed.

Still looking for another app that is a bit more in depth like Lookout that doesn't kill my battery.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:00

33. allkhanan2 (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)

hey mister victor h! How much google did pay you for this article??

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 18:55

36. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Never had a virus on my android handsets either.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:30

37. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

the only apps i download from unknown sources are roms and emulators. The phone seems to be fine.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:50

39. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

I don't use any antivirus application and never have problem. Last time I install one just for anti theft but also not work. I realize this after upgrading using flashtool but forget to turn off anti theft. No alarm nor notification to protect my phone.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 21:10 1

41. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Sad, I'm glad iPhones aren't like pc's because pc's crashes and get viruses.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 21:53

45. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

so, u must not use any pc. i'm glad 4 u 2

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 22:00

46. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Yes I do use a pc, with windows 8. I rather have a antivirus program on a pc and not on a cell phone

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:56

42. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

iT iS PROOF that AndroiD iS beiNg so popular and the most used OS iN the world, so iT iS common that malwares and viRuses gettiNg on the way. What do you thiNg about MiCrosoft wiNdows, they are SO POPULAR and MOST OS USED by people and yet the malwares and viRuses iSsues were iGnored by all the people and they stiLl usiNg MiCrosoft WiNdows as their preferred OS.

So, the more malwares and viRuses OS have, iT means the more iNformation to stole, iT menas the more people using iT over the whole earth (can't say world, 'coz i Don't know how's the other world u can see on iMap). and iOS may most use only iN US - i Don't know, just my guess, heheheh-.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 06:19 1

43. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1542; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

Thanks Victor, finally someone in PA stop the silly claims about malware (there is, but mostly just if you install apps from doutbly sites).
Great article about the sandboxing and why Android is in fact more secure than Windows.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 08:45

49. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

And iOS.

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