Samsung to install anti-virus software on its new Android phones

Samsung to install anti-virus software on its new Android phones
According to the Wall Street Journal, Korean based manufacturer Samsung is planning on adding anti-virus protection on all of its new Android flavored handsets. The program will be coming from Lookout and is being added by Samsung after a recent report co-authored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice. That report showed that in 2012, 79% of malware threats were aimed at devices running Android.

With smartphones joining PCs in the "always-on" category, it has left the devices more vulnerable to an increasing threat from hackers and criminals. For example, in Europe some corporations have already had some secret data swiped from mobile devices. Another virus can force your phone to make text messages to expensive "premium" numbers right under your nose.

Samsung's decision to add anti-virus protection to its Android handsets is aimed at those who use their phone at work, an increasing segment of the smartphone market. The manufacturer recently added its new Samsung KNOX software to certain Samsung Galaxy S4 models via a firmware update. KNOX is a program that creates a secure, walled-off UI for business users that allows them to browse the web, see their contacts and calendar, share files and more.

Not everyone agrees that the protection that Samsung is offering is needed. "There's not really a significant amount of risk that users are being exposed to. It's also, frankly, nothing like the risks they accept in their day-to-day lives," said Adrian Ludwig, Android's lead security engineer. But the reality is that this threat does exist, and not just for corporations. Recently, a fake camera app on the Google Play Store allowed hackers to control which web sites a phone that installed the program, would surf to.The phoney app (no pun intended) was removed.

Lookout's software being added by Samsung, checks installed and downloading apps for known threats and protects a phone while the browser is in use. The only downside is that the program consumes 3% to 5% of a handset's battery life daily.

source: WSJ

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30 Comments

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Android doesn't need anti virus :|

2. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

It does :/

5. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Nope, it's considered as a bloatware! Visit XDA developers and you'll know what I'm talking about.

6. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

What about the 79% malware?

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It's just another marketing ploy based on scare mongering and some stupid study funded by these AV vendors.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

11. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

i've been using android since the eclair days,and i've yet to come across a virus on any of my android phones.i don't say that virsuses do not exist at all,just that i haven't personally come across any android virus.

18. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I'm just curious, i haven't experience any virus as well. Spam maybe.

22. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

I am using android since eclairs , though I agree it has improved 100x . But some where since eclairs one thing thing is common today(using s4) dat while multi tasking when more den 8-10 apps are on , u feel the lag nd some times force close happens. Installing apps from playstore also leads to these pr0blem. Now I dont download any app on s4 ,now its working well.. just use it for calling and whatsapp

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It definitely doesn't. Only people who get their apps and media from outside the Play Store do.

15. papss unregistered

RIGHT that's why they are installing right? But of course you know more than they do about their own data intel right?

3. Kurai unregistered

oh great, another bloatware.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This bloatware is actually useful.

25. Kurai unregistered

Like the hundreds of s-bloatwares? they're just marketing crap and not practical to use. most of samsung's bloatwares are usless. most of them are just for showing off . . .

4. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

"Samsung's decision to add anti-virus protection to its Android handsets is aimed at those who use their phone at work, an increasing segment of the smartphone market." So how does this works? I mean not everybody will get the bundled AV?

7. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Apple had no malware since 2007 Poor Samsung , they are adding it on 2013

9. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

didnt 4.2 already have good malware security already? is there really a need for an antivirus?

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is great to add antivirus. Even now there's no threat but in future there might be chances of getting ELOPS ;) so its needed to be much secure. Great going Sammy FTW. :)

13. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

They had to figure out how to make that octo-core lag... FAIL

17. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

We all know that Octa-Core of Samsung is just a gimick..

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes a gimmick. I guess you would rather have 4 A15 cores that are power hungry running full blast draining a battery in 10 hours on standby instead of adding 4 more gimmicky cores to make the power management, you know, work. Gimmick indeed....geez the Samsung haters are getting more stupid by the day.

14. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

will LMAO when someone hacks the anti-virus software

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I'm anti-virus software on anything; it's usually crapware and just makes whatever OS buggy and sluggish; I'll just root and DISABLE!!

19. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

android is psuedo linux it's not even considered a proper linux distro i dont call it linux anyway... they just use crappy vm not even fedora has this many security issues

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you don't install stuff thats not shady or anything outside the playstore you don't need it. The more developed that Android becomes the more prone it will be to viruses, like windows.

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Not required and probably cause more public damage to themselves by insisting its needed.

26. papss unregistered

Just another example of why android isn't user friendly to the everyday consumer. They have no idea how to use it properly and should be on a more closed OS

27. av911 unregistered

You mean the closed OS where you can't do sh!t without iTunes?

29. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

God(Samsung) has spoken. If Samsung says you need Lookout Security app on your phone, then Fandroids, you need it. Who are you to question God.

30. khaliq

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

There is any person explain me that if we use antivirus in any android phone then how many chance to dead the device antivirus secure EMMC ic tell me yes or no

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