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Re: Mobile Anti Virus program required ?
SpookDroids words of caution are indeed wise... However...
We've all done stupid things online. We've all handed our phone to someone else to use. We've all thought something was safe/trusted and it turns out it was not.
Here's the bottom line: the more popular an Operating System, the more profligate and focused the attacks become against it. Android has not proven to be an exception to the rule, it in some ways exemplifies the rule through the "openness" and "hackability" of the OS. There is a huge hacking culture within the user base.
Personally, I feel that I am no tech dummy - not an expert, not a programmer, but someone who has learned a lot of tricks, reads multiple tech sites daily and considers tech an active hobby. I use AV when I use Android.
SpookDroid says, essentially, "play safe and you'll be cool."
That is good advice if you are savvy, learned and dedicated to patrolling the safety of your device in a constant and ongoing manner. The reality is... Most users are not all these things or not able to sustain all these things at all times. I say "play safe" and hedge your bets. Put some AV on that motherlover. It's all well and good to hand out cavalier advice of "it's fine if you follow the rules," but the person giving that advice has no idea if you will remember the rules, abide by the rules or even understand what the rules are about.
It's a slippery slope to say to ANYONE that "AV is not needed because x, y and z." Things change rapidly. People's vigilance fails them. What was safe today is tomorrow's exploit. I read such advice all the time on tech sites and in forums and it disturbs me. I speak against it. Who is this person to put YOU at risk? Wonderful for them if they are that smart, that knowledgeable and skilled, that dedicated to patrolling their security at all times. I know I'm not and my IQ is 137 and I study tech daily. There is quite simply too much to know to cover each and every instance for each and every user. P.E.R.I.O.D. Let them assess their own risk and take their own measures, but never let them tell you to sit idly by if you feel that your security is vulnerable. NEVER.
You know about faith? If you have it and you are wrong - in the end the result is the same as if you don't have faith. No afterlife. But while you are alive, faith comforts you and sustains you. It enriches your life. It can only add, not subtract. If you have it and it is needed - the end result is completely different than not having it...
AV on mobile is the opposite of faith, yet it behaves the same. If you have it and you don't need it - the end result is the same. No corruption of your device. But while you are using your device, AV comforts you and sustains you. It enriches your experience. It can only add, not subtract. If you have it and it is needed - the end result is completely different than not having it...