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T-Mobile acknowledges Android is threatened by malware, to preload devices with security app

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T-Mobile acknowledges Android is threatened by malware, to preload devices with security app
T-Mobile seems to be worried about the security of the Android phones and tablets it's selling. At least that's what we make out of the news that the carrier is planning to start preloading an anti-malware app on its devices.

T-Mobile has partnered with the famous mobile security firm Lookout to develop the so-called Automatic App Security app for Android devices. The word is that the carrier is to preload it on most of its upcoming handsets and tablets. The app itself will be scanning the apps that the user is downloading to their phone. Automatic App Security will also perform weekly scans to determine if some kind of malware has slipped through the device's defenses. The first devices that are expected to feature the new security app will be the LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1).

T-Mobile wants our customers to enjoy the full benefits of the smartphone or tablet experience, including worry-free access to applications, which is why we are taking extra measures to protect their devices, privacy and data. - T-Mobile VP of Product Management, Ian McKerlich

This seems like a good way for T-Mobile to add some differentiation to its products, but we hope that the app will be very light in terms of system requirements. After all, having an anti-malware app running all the time, especially if it isn't a very optimized one, can have severe effects on performance and battery life.

source: T-Mobile via: Mashable

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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 05:44

1. AstronautJones (Posts: 166; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


As an Android user, I hope this issue is addressed by Google directly.
I do appreciate the effort by carriers, but not sure I trust them to deliver the best solution.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:21 1

6. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


I'm a big fan of Tmobile probably always will be but this isn't needed especially on ice cream sandwich or jellybean devices. Google is already taking care of this with it's operating system in general. Lookout is great for finding your device if lost but not malware antivirus wise. That application will be always running in the background which will effect battery life which is not needed period. Maybe people who are new to android might need help on this issue us old timers with android already know what to do. I have never ran any antivirus applications on any android devices ever.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 10:31

14. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I run mines anyway in the background but like you Rick I never needed it on none of my previous Android phones.I use the one Tmo has but Google has that covered so no worries here

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 08:19

7. -box- (Posts: 3565; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Good move by T-Mobile. My HTC Sensation came pre-loaded with Lookout's security and tracking suite, and while I never lost the phone, it was a very comforting inclusion out of the box, since it is a good app and not much of a battery hog. In contrast, a computer a friend of mine bought came pre-loaded with Norton/Symantec's anti-malware programs, and they were 1) awful 2) resource hogs 3) acted like viruses themselves, 4) not fully uninstallable without going to a hard-to-find portion of their website to download a program to uninstall the final pieces of the program. Ridiculous. Never use Norton's stuff, they've been behind the times since the late 90's

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 06:53 2

2. davenycept (Posts: 151; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


They need to fix this...this is a big problem with Android

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 06:58 1

3. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Ios and BB are the most secure mobile OS it just that ios is awesome and BB is bulls**t.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:14 1

5. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


You forgot Windows Phone. ;)

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:26

12. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


WP is secure? I doubt it

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 08:13

15. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


There is no reason to doubt, it IS secure. Why do yall insist on equating the name Microsoft with viruses? Viruses for windows phone and iOS are closer to zero than Android. I haven't read of any virus or malware for Windows Phone. IOS had 1 incident I can remember. Android? Yeah......

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:03 2

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 9274; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:14

4. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


How's that "open" working for ya'll?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:47 3

10. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Great. I have no antivirus and no malware. Best of all... no itunes

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:08

11. Lboogey6 (Posts: 244; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Pretty awesome actually freedom is nice can cone with a price but you have options you want black markets its your choice others stay safe. How you like not have an opinion

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 08:15 1

16. pookiewood (Posts: 527; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I do have an opinion. ;)

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 21:52

17. Lboogey6 (Posts: 244; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


touche lol option

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 08:33 1

8. JunitoNH (Posts: 756; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Don't use your Android device to conduct online business i.e. Amazon, eBay, online banking, mortgage etc. My SGNx only gets use for music, games, and of course as a phone. I even went to extent to establish a dummy Gmail account to access the store and unimportant email.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:30 1

13. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


No troll droid users here!!! Oh yeah!!! Look how they backed off in shame!!! You guys suck! Cheap droid users!!

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