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    Thumbs down How valid is the threat of viruses?

    While browsing the market app, I noticed they had a free virus app. This got me to thinking...how valid is this threat to these types of phones? Should I be concerned with getting a virus, Trojan, or worm?
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    No, don't be worried at all.
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    as far as i know there has not been a reported case of a virus on an android phone. All the antivirus apps are good for is slowing down your phone..and being useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMan1955 View Post
    While browsing the market app, I noticed they had a free virus app. This got me to thinking...how valid is this threat to these types of phones? Should I be concerned with getting a virus, Trojan, or worm?
    Nah, I'd be more concerned with phishing. But I haven't seen a single case pf virus's trojans or worms on the Android.
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    That is interesting that you brought this up. Just the other day in Forensic class my professor mentioned the same thing. He was speaking on the open source of Android and said that perhaps a hacker could create a malicious app that when downloaded would first send a message to all your contacts advising them to download the app, a simple message like: "Hey check out this GREAT app I found, and It's FREE!!!", and then it could start spamming nice Viagra adds to everyone in the phones contacts list.

    Granted this was a hypothetical thought, but Still I wonder also, what are the odds that this can't be done, and really what kind of protection do we have against it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveninspokane View Post
    That is interesting that you brought this up. Just the other day in Forensic class my professor mentioned the same thing. He was speaking on the open source of Android and said that perhaps a hacker could create a malicious app that when downloaded would first send a message to all your contacts advising them to download the app, a simple message like: "Hey check out this GREAT app I found, and It's FREE!!!", and then it could start spamming nice Viagra adds to everyone in the phones contacts list.

    Granted this was a hypothetical thought, but Still I wonder also, what are the odds that this can't be done, and really what kind of protection do we have against it?
    what did android have to do with forensics class? lol.

    Anyway, uninstalling that app would fix the problem. Since an app can only control the things you allow it to (when you install an app you allow the use of certain things, and those things are clearly stated) then just uninstalling that app will be all thats needed.

    but that brings up another point..make sure you look at the things you allow apps to use when you go to install them, dont just blindly press install when trying out new apps before you look at what permissions you are giving them. If you are downloading a game and it says it needs to use your contacts list..why would it need that? makes you think twice.
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    Imagine that; a program that results in malicious activity due to user error :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by eliassami5 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steveninspokane View Post
    That is interesting that you brought this up. Just the other day in Forensic class my professor mentioned the same thing. He was speaking on the open source of Android and said that perhaps a hacker could create a malicious app that when downloaded would first send a message to all your contacts advising them to download the app, a simple message like: "Hey check out this GREAT app I found, and It's FREE!!!", and then it could start spamming nice Viagra adds to everyone in the phones contacts list.

    Granted this was a hypothetical thought, but Still I wonder also, what are the odds that this can't be done, and really what kind of protection do we have against it?
    what did android have to do with forensics class? lol.

    Anyway, uninstalling that app would fix the problem. Since an app can only control the things you allow it to (when you install an app you allow the use of certain things, and those things are clearly stated) then just uninstalling that app will be all thats needed.

    but that brings up another point..make sure you look at the things you allow apps to use when you go to install them, dont just blindly press install when trying out new apps before you look at what permissions you are giving them. If you are downloading a game and it says it needs to use your contacts list..why would it need that? makes you think twice.
    Haha, When you have A Droid, Everything has something to do with it.
    Oh, and it was Computer Forensics.

    And BTW, That is some great points you made. Just uninstalling the app would be an easy fix, Unless perhaps you installed a rootkit? not sure f it is possible with the Android OS.

    Also you're right, we should always look at what we allow when we try a new product, that in itself should keep us virus free.
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    Just downloaded DEFT Linux, free and powerful forensic software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1linuxfreak View Post
    Just downloaded DEFT Linux, free and powerful forensic software.
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