- 02-05-2013, 12:08 AM #2
- 02-05-2013, 01:12 AM #3
You're going to get a wide range of opinions on this. Many people adamantly believe that Android is immune to viruses, and will tell you that antivirus apps are useless and just use up CPU and battery. I'm no tech security expert, but I do know that hackers and cybercriminals are some of the most creative people in the universe, and it's just a matter of time before Android malware becomes a big threat. So I always recommend staying ahead of the curve and installing a well-respected security app like AVG as mentioned above, or my choice, which is Lookout. Do a Google search on Android security or Android antivirus, and look for articles in established tech sources like PCMag or PC World, and read those reviews. Then give a number of them a try to see how your device performs while they're installed. I settled on Lookout because (1) it consistently gets high marks from known tech reviewers, (2) it doesn't suck battery according to my battery stats, and (3) I don't notice any effect on performance as long as scheduled automatic scans are turned off.
The other benefit of almost every Android security app is some option for remote wipe or location, although this might require payment. I've read a few recent stories of successful device recovery after it was stolen, thanks to security apps.
- 02-06-2013, 10:59 PM #5
No I don't believe a virus couldn't exist. I believe using common sense you can avoid the problem. Malicious apps are pretty easy to spot as it stands.
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- 02-06-2013, 11:08 PM #6
Cool man, keep on keeping us safe!
I agree that right now, malicious apps are pretty easy to spot, but the bad guys are getting cagier. I also wonder how long it'll take before malware can be a problem while surfing with an Android browser.
- 02-06-2013, 11:19 PM #7
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- 02-06-2013, 11:25 PM #8
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- 02-07-2013, 04:31 PM #10
- 02-07-2013, 04:33 PM #11
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Rooting is the best security measure you can setup on an Android device. "Why?" you ask. Well if a malicious app is trying to do anything it will need root access to get to any info it could use or cause damage in any way. Allowing SU, superSU, or simpleSU to block these actions but if your not rooted the malicious app will exploit the weakness to get root access without you even knowing it is happening.
Why is Android lacking in the area of viruses? Well this has alot to do with simply being able to. When someone wants to "hack" or create viruses for a Linux based system they actually have to be able to code at a level that in most cases would involve $100,000+ of schooling and there just is not as many people with that level of knowledge with the interest to do so. Now with a Windows based system any yahoo-moron can find enough software online in less than 2 hours to do real damage and be able to acquire valuable information and never actually know how to hack or code.
- 02-10-2013, 08:52 AM #12
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There are so many different antivirus apps you can get, but personally I love using Avast! Antivirus onn my Nexus 7 tablet because 1. it has its own notification icon all the time as well as a widget for your home screen 2. for extra security you need to setup a pin so only you can access the antivirus app on your tablet 3. it has a privacy adviser, an application manager, shield controll, firewall(only for rooted), network meter, Virus scanner with scheduled scan and an sms and call filter as well as PUP protection and CPU wakelock. 3. And my fave feature is the ANTI-Theft where u can use remote command from another device of your choice( just add someones phone number) to automatically lock and sound a siren on your tablet and only your AVAST password can unlock it if you lose tablet or it gets stolen, it stops anyone but you from accessing it, you also have the choice with remote command to deny phone setting access, automatically enable GPS and even wipe all data from your tablet and there is still heaps more you can do with AVAST! it isn't even a big file and doesn't drain the battery. I highly reccommend getting this!
- 02-10-2013, 12:19 PM #13
First read the millions of threads on this matter. Its fear that the media and security to scare the public Google, lookout, PC world to name some have written articles saying that. Look at this most recent blog by our own tech nerd jerry. http://m.androidcentral.com/editoria...are-and-clicks
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