1. AC Question's Avatar
    I want a safe and trusted security app for the Android
    08-03-2016 02:20 AM
  2. AlphaTango414's Avatar
    I don't personally believe in them. Don't sideload apk's and you will be fine.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    08-03-2016 03:17 AM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I agree. For the most part, it's still quite difficult to get an actual virus on your phone, because malware requires you to manually accept the installation (which is why they try to fool you into thinking you're installing something legitimate). Use common sense:

    1. Avoid shady websites that deal with things like porn, gambling, and "free" (aka pirated) apps/music/movies.

    2. Never ever tap on a link that appears in a popup while browsing, especially if they're warning you that your phone is infected--they're just trying to scare you into installing some bogus "antivirus" app that is probably malicious itself.

    3. Only install apps from well-established app sources like Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore. Read a bunch of app reviews before installing an app to look for any complaints about adware or suspected malware.

    4. Turn on Google's "Verify Apps" function. This allows Google to periodically scan your phone's apps to look for malware. It's usually in your Google Settings app, under Security (although it might also be in the main System Settings, in Settings>Security).

    5. Turn off "Unknown Sources" in Settings>Security. This prevents any app that wasn't obtained from Google Play Store from being installed (which could include malicious apps that are inadvertently downloaded).

    You can clear all app caches easily by going to Settings>Storage, tapping Cached Data, and selecting the clear option there.
    08-03-2016 03:28 PM
  4. Slow Boat's Avatar
    They have been around a long time.
    08-17-2016 06:36 PM

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