New to Android, Do i need an anti-virus on my new Pixel?

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New To Android, coming from Apple. (which went sour for me).

Excited about this phone and cant wait to learn more about it and customize it. It so weird to the touch but Im sure Ill get used to it.

Need to know if I need an Anti-Virus and if so , which ones are good ?
 

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I use Lookout Premium for my antivirus. There has been some apps that slipped through on the Google store. If you download any 3rd party apps you will definitely need one. Since my phone is used for work it is mandatory for me.
 
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New To Android, coming from Apple. (which went sour for me).

Excited about this phone and cant wait to learn more about it and customize it. It so weird to the touch but Im sure Ill get used to it.

Need to know if I need an Anti-Virus and if so , which ones are good ?

Ive got lookout premium.
 

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If you download third-party APKs or cracked APKs, I would reccomend doing so. Only because modding APKs and injecting malicious code is very easy and sites that host APKs outside of the play store (Especially cracked APKs) can often contain malicious code.
 

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Welcome to Android Central and the world of Google! Great job with your phone choice!

No, an anti-virus app is not necessary. Just use regular discretion with websites and never open up any "warning" pop-ups or links on webpages saying you have viruses and advising you to "download this to clean your phone." Those websites or pop-ups will actually install real viruses on your phone.

So, in short, don't worry about anti-virus apps.
 

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New To Android, coming from Apple. (which went sour for me).

Excited about this phone and cant wait to learn more about it and customize it. It so weird to the touch but Im sure Ill get used to it.

Need to know if I need an Anti-Virus and if so , which ones are good ?

you dont need one as long as you dont download apps from outside play store or cracked apps.
dont illegally download paid apps. Those are the main source of virus.

The main reason I think its useless to me
1. Android already has built in virus scanner
2. 3rd party scanners drain battery
3. those scanners add so many ad-ons which many dont want
 

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I've been using Android since 2010. Never had a virus and I'm not using antivirus apps. Just download apps from the play store and not from some shady website.
 

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Most antivirus programs can be considered malware themselves. The few that are reputable are largely unnecessary.
 

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Not really.

Google has already put a bunch of security measures on Android as part of the Play Services package. As long as you only install apps via trusted sources like Google Play, you don't need one.
 

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But there are other ways, other than software , for people to hack your phone, isn't there? I was thinking of using the phone option that Kaspersky Total Security has.

Wasn't there some 60 Minutes special, or something, that showed somebody hacking into a reporter's phone within minutes?
 

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No, you don't antivirus if you stick the Play Store and websites that are not what most would deem 'shady'.
 

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Yes, if you hand your phone over to someone and they have the right tools they can hack it. Hacking an Android phone without direct access to it or without installing a malicious app is virtually impossible. And it's very difficult to install a malicious app from the play store.
 

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I had an antivirus program on my first Android phone. That was a Motorola Droid back in 2009. I've learned since then that it's completely unnecessary since I only use the Play store(And the Amazon App store but only for Amazon Prime Video which is a well known, legit app)
 

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Yes, if you hand your phone over to someone and they have the right tools they can hack it. Hacking an Android phone without direct access to it or without installing a malicious app is virtually impossible. And it's very difficult to install a malicious app from the play store.

No, this was just sitting across the table from them I'll try to find the article story
 

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No, this was just sitting across the table from them I'll try to find the article story

Nevermind. I just read the article. The hacker either needed your phone number, or needed to touch up against your phone with the device. Probably different than what we're discussing here with software security
 

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