1. sandman512's Avatar
    Sorry for the noob question, but this is my first Android device? If so, what can I do to protect myself? Thanks!
    10-15-2010 05:18 PM
  2. nKoan's Avatar
    Lookout offers virus protection (as well as data backup and phone finder)

    https://www.mylookout.com/

    I'm not sure how easy it is to get a virus on your android phone, but I use Lookout, just in case.

    You should still be careful about what you download, though.
    10-15-2010 06:08 PM
  3. JkdJedi's Avatar
    No. Android phones are linux based. Impossible to get a virus from a pc. However, though it will not effect your phone but if you where carrying an effected mp3 file and plugged your phone in to charge like at work, the computer could get infected.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    10-15-2010 06:19 PM
  4. nKoan's Avatar
    No. Android phones are linux based. Impossible to get a virus from a pc. However, though it will not effect your phone but if you where carrying an effected mp3 file and plugged your phone in to charge like at work, the computer could get infected.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    It may be impossible to get a Windows virus from your PC, but that doesn't mean that Android is immune to viruses in general. Someone, in theory, could make an Android specific virus. It doesn't even have to be a true virus, it could just be an application that secretly steals your contact data and starts sending spam (which is why you need to be careful about the apps you download).

    Lastly, while Linux is significantly better than Windows when it comes to viruses and exploits, there are still ways to compromise linux and go after sensitive data. Heck, Android Central even published an article a few weeks ago about how Android stores passwords in the clear, and rooted phones are vulnerable to malicious apps harvesting all your stored passwords.

    http://www.androidcentral.com/androi...ted-clear-text

    There are plenty of reasons to want to be cautious.
    10-15-2010 06:44 PM
  5. caliskimmer's Avatar
    Yes, but highly unlikely.
    10-15-2010 09:35 PM
  6. IBNobody's Avatar
    Viruses are unlikely, but trojans are a threat that will start to ramp up as the (smartphone) market expands. Be careful of what apk files you install manually, and guard your root access with something like superuser.apk.
    10-15-2010 10:02 PM
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