Should I be Concerned with the recent virus and malware attacks

lilhussler79

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After all the recent virus and malware attacks I called Samsung today and expressed my concern to why we should have at the very least 2.2.

They said not to worry and dont believe everything you read on the internet! They told me to also put anti virus software on my phone, should this be done? I even told them this was a release from google that all carriers and manufactures should update to at least 2.2.

My concern is because my phone is used for business as well as pleasure but I do get confidential docs.

Do I have to worry one of virus and two that my phone could be hacked?(dont know if thats possible)
 

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The viruses come from malicious apps downloaded from the market. Google is taking great steps to prevent this type of thing from happening, and as long as you aren't downloading those apps you should be fine
 

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The viruses come from malicious apps downloaded from the market. Google is taking great steps to prevent this type of thing from happening, and as long as you aren't downloading those apps you should be fine


How Do I know what apps are bad?
 

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Yea, like with almost any computer, as long as you're moderately careful about what you install, you'll be fine. If you go installing every shady looking app you come across, then yea, you might want to be concerned.
 

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Read the comments on an app first. Do a google search or search AC about it. Most apps are at the very least reviewed on the net. If you don't find anything other than links to a Korean website with a picture of a cat laughing at you....you probably shouldn't download it or at least proceed with a lot of caution.
 

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I know with the Iphone if theres a shady file your dl it wont let it, is there a way androids can do this?(Just puked in my mouth)

Should I run an anti virus app just to be safe?

And wont this kill my battery even faster?

How do i know a shady app from a good one?(me and my wife install a lot of games for my son)

If I root will this make my phone safer, or Not?
 

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Antivirus apps much like task killers are generally useless. All it takes is a little common sense and sometimes a scant amount of research to tell a "good" app from a "bad" app. Like I said, read the comments, etc... Rooting your phone actually opens you up to worse things than leaving it stock. Rooting could potentially give a malicious app full access to brick your phone. So honestly if you're that worried about security then tread carefully and just exercise caution when downloading apps.
 

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I did read somewhere that there was a malicious adware added on somewhere with rooting to help protect, so does that then make it safer? Im pretty sure it came from adrynalan. Sorry if i chopped his name up!!
 

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If I was to root (I know id be a little more vulnerable to virus) and I did get a virus and it bricked my phone would I be able to unbrick it?

Also reading I seen somewhere there really is no such thing as really bricking your phone is this correct?
 

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The term "brick" gets thrown around pretty loosely... To actually brick a phone, means to render it complete useless and unrecoverable. Most incidents with this phone are recoverable, so it is very difficult to completely brick it, but it is possible nonetheless.

That said, the latest version of super clean (2.8) does have the malware patch worked into it. Check it out here
 

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Thanks to the Odin method Sammy was kinda enough to leak to us...yes, there is almost nothing you can do to brick your phone repair.... I say almost because i swear if anyone will find a way to do it, Gunner will, and then he will fix it after a few hours screaming at his phone. :). Gunner and a few other high posters in the boards have "bricked" (i use quotes because it just rendered it immobile till they reflashed) their phones more times that i think i have flashed mine... so year....while it may be possible...as not all ending, but also if you read the directions you should be good. Besides we try to help you out with questions or problems and don't usually bite....
 

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It's very stable and greatly increases the performance of the phone. Everything feels smoother and quicker. No glitches that I have noticed, either.
 

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If I were to root my phone is there anything I need to do other than read? Mind you I will be coming from a bone stock Fascinate! And anything you would reccommend me doing before moving forward? And apps I should use to back my phone up? I seen that we should not use TI Backup if we are going to use 2.8
 

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The viruses come from malicious apps downloaded from the market. Google is taking great steps to prevent this type of thing from happening, and as long as you aren't downloading those apps you should be fine


How Do I know what apps are bad?

Make sure to read the stories on the front page of Android Central every day. There was a story about a week ago about these apps and Google's steps to correct the situation. The story gave a complete list of the apps. Just go to the main page and keep going back page by page through the stories until you find it.
 

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Make sure to read the stories on the front page of Android Central every day. There was a story about a week ago about these apps and Google's steps to correct the situation. The story gave a complete list of the apps. Just go to the main page and keep going back page by page through the stories until you find it.

Yes I did read it!

So Im really thinking of rooting now just have a few questions, and seeing that SC 2.8 has some malware protection I feel a little better about doing so.

1. Can go straight to super clean 2.8 from bone stock?

2. What apps do you reccommend to back all my stuff up?(think I read somewhere shouldnt use Titanium Backup)

3. Is therea way to go to SC 2.8 with out wiping all my data?
 

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Yes I did read it!

So Im really thinking of rooting now just have a few questions, and seeing that SC 2.8 has some malware protection I feel a little better about doing so.

1. Can go straight to super clean 2.8 from bone stock?

2. What apps do you reccommend to back all my stuff up?(think I read somewhere shouldnt use Titanium Backup)

3. Is therea way to go to SC 2.8 with out wiping all my data?

it depends where you are at now and how you do it,,if you are going to use Odin they you can load from anywhere

if you are going to use clockwork you need to update to at lease DL09

you can check your build by going to

Settings>about phone? baseband and build number
 

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If I were to root my phone is there anything I need to do other than read? Mind you I will be coming from a bone stock Fascinate! And anything you would reccommend me doing before moving forward? And apps I should use to back my phone up? I seen that we should not use TI Backup if we are going to use 2.8

What you saw about Titanium backup was probably in Adrynalyne's thread. He did not say not to use titanium backup. He said don't restore data with titanium backup. Titanium backup is safe and is a great way of saving your apps so you can put them back on your phone without having to download them all again from the market. If you have a lot of apps it is worth the money to buy Titanium backup pro, it allows you to restore all your apps automatically. With the free version you have to restore your apps one at a time as it will ask you if you are sure you want to restore the app for each one individually. You just download the free version from the market, buy the pro version which is just a key, and the free version will be converted to the pro version. When you do a backup of your apps through titanium backup choose backup all user apps and system data, but when you restore your apps make sure to only use the option of restoring all missing apps with data.
 

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it depends where you are at now and how you do it,,if you are going to use Odin they you can load from anywhere

if you are going to use clockwork you need to update to at lease DL09

you can check your build by going to

Settings>about phone? baseband and build number

Was going to follow your instructions with ODIN seems to be the easiest and quickest way right?

Using this package- [NO DATA WIPE MAY CAUSE FC IF COMING FROM ECLAIR] Super Clean version 2.8 - EB01/EB16 Froyo leak root+Froyo Clockworkmod w/Nonvoodoo eb16 kernel w/ dummy tether module with MALWARE protectionTHIS VERSION DOES NOT WIPE DATA OR CACHE (TESTED by Standupdad Please thank him)RIGHT CLICK AND SELECT EXTRACT HERE THE .rar file AFTER DOWNLOADING AND BEFORE USING(How to extract in post #2) -->EB16SC28x_DXC.tar
Am I able to do this and as it states this will not wipe data right(data meaning my apps,emails or email settings and all texts.
 

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