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    Default Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    Do I really need an antivirus protection? What's the best for Nexus 7 any suggestions
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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    I think you will hear a 50/50 split on this.

    Android is not like Windows where its vulnerable to virus and malware.

    Not to say it can't happen but you front hear much about it.



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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    It's not really necessary unless you're downloading shady apps from the Play Store or APKs from third party sites (the latter you probably shouldn't be doing anyway.)

    But if you insist, I recommend Avast. Used it for a while on my S3, 1X, and N7.

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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    Yes, I'm not sure how android's built-in security works in 4.2. The only shady applications I come across are ones that request permissions that are unnecessary. For example, last night I was going to download a game that wanted access to my phone calls.

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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    I think at this time the answer is basically no, but I use Lookout Mobile Security for the backup, location function, plan B option, and a just in case virus protection.
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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    No need for antivirus stuff on the Nexus 7. Stay mainstream with what you download and you'll be just fine.

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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    Quote Originally Posted by repligation View Post
    I think at this time the answer is basically no, but I use Lookout Mobile Security for the backup, location function, plan B option, and a just in case virus protection.
    This. I don't feel it's necessary, but Lookout works even on my old thunderbolt without any signs of degradation in performance. It's free, and offers some small chance of recovery if it's ever lost or stolen in addition to rudimentary antivirus protection.

    I hope I've simply wasted the time downloading it and getting it set up, but better some protection than none.

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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    There are no viruses for Android so the answer is no.

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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    No, you don't need to worry about it at the moment. The OS is still very virus free and since all of your apps should be coming from the Play store, it shouldn't be a problem. The best way to avoid a virus is:

    1) don't download attachments to emails from people you don't know

    2) don't install APK files unless you trust the provider. ie: don't find them online

    3) look at reviews on the Play store for any apps with 3 stars or less. If it is shady, it will be blasted in reviews.
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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    What about apps permissions, is it better to d/l an app to sort them what do you think, is any security for mobiles already including something like it? Thanks a lot for all your replies, I don't think I will have an unsafe d/l activity, at least I might want to get apps directly from other markets like amazon, or well know websites
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    Default Re: Should I get an antivirus protection for my N7?

    Whenever you install any app, sideloaded or through the play store, it will give you list of permissions that it needs. So if you download a game and it says it needs access to your contact list or email, there is something fishy going on.

    Also, the best thing to do here is the same as before: consult the reviews. If something is asking for permissions that it shouldn't need, it will get blasted in the reviews and the rating will get trashed as a result.

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