I'm starting to see a lot of products claiming to be anti-virus protection for your Android. In the early days (2009!) of Android, I would have laughed this off. But now it is getting pretty widespread, and used by plenty of clueless people, not just savvy geeks. So I'm wondering if Android has become a target for malware, spyware, etc., and if some sort of protection is now a good idea.
Does anyone know? Is malware a significant threat to Android devices?........Jake
I've read that you need an AV and that you don't
need it but with Android being open source and so many
apps being out there I installed AVG on my Sensation
and Amaze just in case. I don't know if it helps but it hasn't
Keep laughing and save your money.
Only load trusted apps and you'll be fine.
Thanks, guys. I've read opinions on both sides of the issue, too. I was hoping someone had some actual facts or actual experiences to share......Jake
Fact, last time there was a real "virus" issue with some apps, Google reached directly into phones and uninstalled the apps themselves.
Stick with trusted apps that have a long track record of a good reputation and you'll be fine.
That's a cool fact. Thanks.
I won't even begin to lay out my full technical education and working experience here. But I will say it's a long enough résumé to never make such an under informed statement as was just made.
Open source does not mean there will be more security holes. The collective efforts ensure more bugs are sniffed out and patches produced more quickly. When we consider the history of viruses with Windows servers versus Linux, the argument above faultily asserts that Linux loses. However the fact is the the Open Source Linux OS is the one that is more secure. The collective efforts all have a high concern for security of their efforts. Also, although the Android OS is Open Source, what we get on our devices, that code is not immediately made open to the public. The OEMs release that code months later, anyone who was truly "savvy" about this industry would know that.
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(Looking at their past posts, I don't even think hernandez215 owns an Android device. Looks like they roll WP. So I have my doubts they speak from any level of present experience with Android.)
@ darnell, I'm sorry if I insulted you in any way. Yet I'm merely responding to questions regarding Viruses on Phones OS. I'm in no way activily selecting Android and "bashing them". I'll admit I have time today, its my day off and I have nothing better to do and since I just joined these support forums I figured I'd answer some questions. I have remained factual thru-out my statements and have not presented any vias. I will not get into an argument between Linux and Windows as the argument itself is tired and old. We all the know the pro's and con's of both OS.
"Of course, Linux also gets attacked less frequently by viruses and malware, and vulnerabilities tend be found and fixed more quickly by its legions of developers and users." Goes back to the fact that all OS can be infected by Malware. Yes, Linux is fairly secure and its opensource nature makes it so but patches and bug-fixes require current users to update frequently and if you have already been infected it is too late.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57379394-83/malware-loves-android-but-ios-users-could-be-at-risk-too/ Note: This is about IOS and Android. It simply proves my point.
The question is does the OP need anti-virus software for Android? The answer is no. You've incorrectly implied that because the Android browser accepts cookies, that somehow means all Android devices are at risk of a virus that has never yet been developed. Fact is, that issues with Android come via applications that are installed, especially when they physically enable a setting to side load apps, the device owner is able to see fully what rights that application wants to use before installing it and they install anyway. This is not an issue of visiting a certain web page and suddenly you're infected, that's not how Android works and it is not comparable to Windows. You may want to stop for a moment and read the full article and a little of the research study it cited.
On my Windows PC, I just had to install well over 10 patches and there are always so many Microsoft has to roll them out in monthly batches. So it's certainly requiring a heck of a lot of frequent updates. And the article you cited only proves iOS is not a safe haven.
You are speaking off the cuff about an OS you apparently have no current actual experience using as a daily driver.
I'm inclined to believe you are product of the failed education system. Your reading comprehension is subpar. Please leave me alone I didn't come here to pick a fight with people online.
I would also say anti virus on Android is not required. And might slow the phone down a little especially when installing programs. As long as you are installing applications only from market you are fine.
hernandez215, you've hit rock bottom. You repeat the totally incorrect notion that Android will get a virus through the browser due to it accepting cookies, despite it NEVER happening. You claim a high probability of a virus and "most" come from malware. Fact is ALL have come from malware and that is how it happens, due to the design of Android. Someone who never downloads apps has zero need for concern and someone who downloads apps needs to use trusted sources and review the requested app permissions prior to installation. And not allowing side loading of apps also increases security, which is a setting that the user must change manually.
You are left with no fact or proof, so you resort to personal attacks.
you don't get viruses or mailware on a PC from cookies either. On a PC, there are holes in the OS, browser or plugins which allow for malicious code to be run as admin on the PC without your knowledge.
This does not happen in Android as each process runs in it's own sandbox. To do additional actions, you will get a popup warning you about this (like installing an app). If you choose to ignore the warnings, then it's your own fault for putting a virus on your phone, not by something that happened without your knowledge.
Some people may find they need an antivirus to protect them from thier own negligence. not that there is anything wrong with that
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