Anti Virus Apps
How important are Anti Virus scans for Android? To that, does anyone have any input on which ones work best?
I downloaded Lookout a couple weeks and it seems to work well, doesn't bog down my droid at all and it scans every app as I download it. All in all no problems with it and I guess I feel a bit safer having one installed, but Im just wondering mainly, Are they worth it, necessary?
- 07-06-2010, 05:08 PM #2
- 07-06-2010, 05:52 PM #3
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- 07-06-2010, 08:56 PM #5
I think the concern here is not to protect Android from being infected. The real concern is that when people connect their Android devices to infected PCs, copy files over to the SD card (including an infected file), and then paste it on a second PC. This will get the 2nd PC infected.
The counter argument to the above though is that both PCs (even one) should have been running good AVs since resources are not scarce in such machines. It's not a smartphone's job to stop a virus from spreading between PCs. Therefore, yep, they are useless
On the other hand though, if you disable the AV feature in Lookout, you can use the locate feature in case your phone gets lost or stolen. Mobile Defense (google it) is another superior app with only this feature.
- 07-07-2010, 10:22 AM #7
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- 07-07-2010, 11:21 AM #10
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- 07-07-2010, 09:08 PM #13
@D Evo: I think this is the whole idea behind these apps. They allow you to turn GPS on and show you where the phone is on a map.
@Chillout80s: I tried Lookout and my phone was sleeping. It pinpointed the location to as close as ~30 feet (10 meters). I also replaced the Sim card for testing purposes and I received an email informing me that the Sim card was replaced and it still tracked the phone. I can't speak for Mobile Defense since it's not available in Canada yet, but I heard that it's even better than the competition.
Thanks a bunch for the info melwan, I appreciate it. I was thinking of testing this out as well and seeing how accurate it was. The reviews I've read seem to indicate this is a pretty solid app, plus the online backup is nice too. I signed up for the waiting list for mobile defense since that one seems to be even more epic but for now this one will do nicely..hopefully I never have to use it..LOL
- 07-07-2010, 10:54 PM #15
I installed lookout. Tried locating with GPS on, very accurate. I then turned GPS off on my phone. I only turn GPS on when I need it same goes for 4G and WIFI. I can't find an option to turn GPS on remotely from the site. So I just hit find phone, accuracy is horrible it gives me a 1000 - 1700 meter range. Thats like 10-17 football fields. This can't be cell tower triangulation accuracy.
Am I missing this remote GPS function/option?
- 07-08-2010, 03:24 PM #16
Emailed lookout. See response below:
Yvette Kay, Jul 08 12:21 pm (PDT):
No, there is no way to remotely activate your GPS with Lookout.
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- 07-08-2010, 04:13 PM #17