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  1. PsychDoc's Avatar
    ...I've read somewhere that this is really not an issue with android phones. This article (Why You Should Do More to Secure Your Smartphone - DailyFinance) seems to suggest otherwise.

    Any opinions about whether or not to install such software on our phones. And if it's recommended, what anti-virus software would you suggest?
    Oxyman80 likes this.
    04-27-2014 03:28 PM
  2. Sara Di's Avatar
    Verizon has antivirus software already installed on their phones. Not sure about other carriers.
    04-27-2014 03:31 PM
  3. PsychDoc's Avatar
    Verizon has antivirus software already installed on their phones. Not sure about other carriers.
    Interesting. Never heard that before. Have a link for that?

    Sent from my SM-G900V using AC Forums mobile app
    04-27-2014 03:47 PM
  4. Cobravision's Avatar
    Unless you are sideloading cracked apps from dodgy app stores (Chinese or otherwise), there is no need for anti-virus apps. You know who thinks you do? Companies that sell anti-virus apps.
    GC736 and moosc like this.
    04-27-2014 03:50 PM
  5. _Zguy__'s Avatar
    I put lookout on my phones and it is good peace of mind and checks weekly for bugs
    04-27-2014 03:59 PM
  6. Greg C's Avatar
    The chances of getting a virus on your Android phone are very very slim. So long as you don't download apps from shady sites you won't have a problem. It's objective...some people swear by anti-virus software and others don't. Most of the anti-virus apps also include a way to locate a lost phone and remotely wipe the device. If it makes YOU feel better than certainly use one. I never use anti-virus apps and I have never had an issue.
    04-28-2014 12:28 AM
  7. bembol's Avatar
    I remember asking back when I first switched to android was told they do more harm than good. I can't remember exact details but it had something to do with system hog?

    Seriously has there been news where android phones were effected?

    SHIFT_pro s5
    04-28-2014 01:31 AM
  8. Greg C's Avatar
    I believe it had something to do with using RAM and battery to run in the background. I tried a few and none ever caused any issues.

    I remember asking back when I first switched to android was told they do more harm than good. I can't remember exact details but it had something to do with system hog?

    Seriously has there been news where android phones were effected?

    SHIFT_pro s5
    04-28-2014 03:13 PM
  9. sonyman7's Avatar
    Check out these articles regarding how unsafe phones running on Android really are.

    US government says Android is a malware magnet:
    US government says Android is a malware magnet thanks to OS fragmentation | The Verge

    Google Play removes apps due to malware:
    Google removes 32 apps from Google Play over malware concerns | Android Central
    05-10-2014 10:34 PM
  10. fanaticalism's Avatar
    Check out these articles regarding how unsafe phones running on Android really are.

    US government says Android is a malware magnet:
    US government says Android is a malware magnet thanks to OS fragmentation | The Verge

    Google Play removes apps due to malware:
    Google removes 32 apps from Google Play over malware concerns | Android Central
    You really signed up to troll with this uneducated post?

    Link

    Just like every other person who uses these types of articles to strike fear, it seems as if you didn't bother to read them yourself. Please read my links and post so you can educate yourself.
    debdroid1a and jaycrewz like this.
    05-10-2014 11:53 PM
  11. Sara Di's Avatar
    Interesting. Never heard that before. Have a link for that?

    Sent from my SM-G900V using AC Forums mobile app
    It's called VZ Protect and it came installed on my phone. Here's an article about it: Verizon Wireless Launches Mobile Security App For Android To Help Customers Beef Up Protection

    That one is old, but gives you an overview
    05-11-2014 11:02 AM
  12. Relgoshan's Avatar
    Not even Kit Kat has the correct exposed controls for a true Windows-like anti virus software, so there's a limit to what any security apk can manage. I don't even bother. Identify browsers as desktop and avoid all m. , .mobi , and similar crippled trash sites. Always know the source of your apk and be double cautious of anything free. Triple cautious of anything with in app billing or access to calling.

    A while back the excuse I heard was if the APIs for anti virus were exposed, someone would just write a virus and market it as a trojan horse....and it would probably be able to block uninstall by closing the network ports for Google remote uninstall.....due to elevated control.
    05-11-2014 11:58 AM
  13. Rev2010's Avatar
    In four years of using Android phones and two years using an iPhone I've never once used or needed Antivirus software installed. But I'm an IT tech for a living so I'm not some dufuss that clicks links in emails from spammers and such.
    05-11-2014 12:12 PM
  14. sjaduae's Avatar
    I use AVG on my PC and on my S5 and they are not a little app developer

    Try the free version and see

    I liked it as the data use function was better than the standard
    05-11-2014 01:36 PM
  15. 1Coopgt's Avatar
    Norton Anti Virus on my phone .
    05-11-2014 01:43 PM
  16. Relgoshan's Avatar
    I use AVG on my PC and on my S5 and they are not a little app developer

    Try the free version and see

    I liked it as the data use function was better than the standard
    AVG >>> NOPE. Get out while you can, these guys have a bad track record.
    05-11-2014 02:06 PM
  17. mchi5's Avatar
    On my Note 3 I use McAfee Antivirus. Very well know. And they recently went free. With in app purchases of course

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk
    05-11-2014 02:12 PM
  18. sjaduae's Avatar
    AVG >>> NOPE. Get out while you can, these guys have a bad track record.
    I've used them for over 10 years since the last time I got a virus that Norton did not detect or could fix, each to there own
    Rev2010 likes this.
    05-11-2014 02:12 PM
  19. Relgoshan's Avatar
    I've used them for over 10 years since the last time I got a virus that Norton did not detect or could fix, each to there own
    That just means you have good habits, I've had to clean so many PCs running AVG.
    05-11-2014 04:22 PM
  20. Rev2010's Avatar
    That just means you have good habits, I've had to clean so many PCs running AVG.
    In my experience at an IT tech for a living AVG is far superior to others like Symantec. Nothing is perfect or 100% however.

    Rev.
    05-11-2014 05:44 PM
  21. sjaduae's Avatar
    That just means you have good habits, I've had to clean so many PCs running AVG.
    I have 3 sons who poke around every nook and cranny, game sites etc and a non tech savvy wife

    They too under my insistence have used AVG for the same 10 years since it was one of my sons that got the last and only virus we ever had on the 20+ laptops I have bought them

    I did get a free copy of Norton from my ISP and spent more time closing annoying pop-up than actually getting on with task in hand and deleted it after a month

    The only thing I used from McAfee was the file safe but that's not supported anymore and to my surprise is bundled with the paid version of AVG
    05-12-2014 09:07 AM
  22. Jon Jackson's Avatar
    You don't need anti virus most likely, all those types of apps slow down the phone, task killers, cache cleaners, lookout, battery saving apps, no need for all that. Look at this forum, do you see anyone complaining about viruses? Malware?
    05-12-2014 09:53 AM
  23. IBMJunkman's Avatar
    I use ESET Nod32 on all my PCs. I was surprised to see they had an Android version. Bought it immediately.
    05-12-2014 09:57 AM
  24. Relgoshan's Avatar
    I have 3 sons who poke around every nook and cranny, game sites etc and a non tech savvy wife

    They too under my insistence have used AVG for the same 10 years since it was one of my sons that got the last and only virus we ever had on the 20+ laptops I have bought them

    I did get a free copy of Norton from my ISP and spent more time closing annoying pop-up than actually getting on with task in hand and deleted it after a month

    The only thing I used from McAfee was the file safe but that's not supported anymore and to my surprise is bundled with the paid version of AVG
    Maybe that's what we were doing wrong, didn't convert to it like aa new age religion...I guess as long as you are favored of AVG knock yourself out...? Great to hear actually.

    I use ESET Nod32 on all my PCs. I was surprised to see they had an Android version. Bought it immediately.
    Oooh yeah I used NOD on the PC for years. Then after many years away from Norton I converted my work laptop to Norton 360. So far so good but keeping an eye on it.
    05-12-2014 12:09 PM
  25. sjaduae's Avatar
    Maybe that's what we were doing wrong, didn't convert to it like aa new age religion...I guess as long as you are favored of AVG knock yourself out...? Great to hear actually..
    Did not favor it just been lucky
    05-12-2014 01:31 PM
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