AntiVirus Question

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  1. deborah3756

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    Which antivirus is the best for Android phones?

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    None + Common Sense.
     
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    I use lookout.
     
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    The anti-virus apps are completely BOGUS...

    Unless you utilize apps from outside the market and leave the box checked "allow installation from unknown sources" there is no real danger....there was a time where google found malware in some apps that were loaded onto the market but they immediately caught on to it/fixed the issue & sent notification along with an update to fix it for those who were victims....

    Just use common sense when installing programs outside of android market= Don't install anything that claims it gives free access to paid apps-this is the most common intrusion method....

    Symantec, Lookout etc those are completely BOGUS & many misinformed people think those apps are great, believe what you want but you don't need antivirus for your mobile....I have a feeling you're gonna do it anyway as there will be many posts after mine sharing how lookout saved them from viruses yada yada but it's all bogus, you're PC antivirus could notify you of a problem before you download a malicious app from outside the market to your mobile...
     
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    Without getting into a debate, they aren't 'useless'. And yes, common sense plays a big part in what you download. But when it comes to 3rd party apps, far from useless.
     
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    Good....not being cynical, but how are they far from useless? Maybe you know something I don't....
     
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    I doubt I know more than you on them, I do know that lookout, on occasion, has notified me of 3rd party apps I was testing out where the permissions listed were different than what they actually were. Like someone said, it's like task killers, for some it's just peace of mind.
     
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    Antivirus programs on Android arent USELESS, they're just less necessary than they are on your PC.
    If you're mindful of what you do, you're not very likely to have a problem.

    Even so, we did have a scare some months ago when a nasty virus from China found it's way into the market.
    But that is so rare...


    All that being said I run without Antivirus... only because I'm not afraid to flash back to stock and start over if need be.
     
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    Well, sorry to sound dumb but, when surfing the net on your phone, what protects you from picking up a nasty bug?

    With these phones becoming more like mini computers, aren't they vulnerable to attacks like their bigger cousins?

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    Because malware on the web is coded primarily to infect windows based operating systems

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    The bugs would have to be designed for android.

    Personally, I use Lookout out for its backup and phone finding capabilities. The antivirus is just an added thing.


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    with the increasing popularity of android that's likely to change...


    I have used lookout in the past because of its GPS locating, Scream, and Data wipe features. primarily the first two cause I'm bad to lose my phone lol. As with anything anti-virus is a nice safegaurd. I do not typically run AV on a PC either, I'm very mindful of what I do, and I keep a flash drive handy with malware bytes and Avast loaded at all times, as well as a linux live disc in case things get REALLY bad so I can backup my important data and do a complete wipe of all windows files. Might I add that flash drive has been used to save friends PC's that had AVG or Norton loaded more times than it has been used to save my PC with nothing loaded ;)

    So to some extent... yeah most any AV is useless regardless of the OS, many are also resource hogs. Also, be mindful of having an AV installed, VZW will immediately say it as at fault for any issue you have, even if it is lookout which is promoted by verizon.
     
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