Is it possible to get a virus on droid

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    Is it possible to get a virus on the droid 2 and if so how possible
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    Well, it's technically possible to get a virus on any computer, but the risk to Android phones is extremely low so far. Nothing in the wild but a couple trojans, and you'll have to be pretty careless to download them.

    Get your apps from the Market and/or research anything you side load.
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    Ya whenever I download an app not from the market I make sure it has an official domain not just a wordpress or webs account

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    At the rate Google is allowing those ridiculous "fake" apps on the Market, it won't be long before viruses will be a threat on Android.
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    Ya they really need to have some sort of approval process

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    ahahahahah oh man the IRONY is almost PAINFUL
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    Its not that hard for a dev to decide hey im gonna code a virus for android and put it on the market and google will let it happen.Its happened before

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    As an experienced software dev, no approval process will stop the most determined bad-guys out there. The security model on android helps somewhat, but unless your average user is willing to take a pass on the next free, wiz-bang app because they are uncomfortable with all of the permissions the app requests, it won't do any good. It's getting to the point these where every app seems to request every permission under the sun, even when it makes little sense to the user based on the functionality of the app.

    I don’t want to stir up irrational fear, but it is a real threat.

    I still think back to that paper outlining a technique to hide malicious code in a C compiler that can detect when it is compiling itself and re-inject the bad code in the result. These days if you are clever enough, most anything is possible.

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    Get Lookout antivirus
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    I caught a slight cold from my droid does that count?

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    I heard neither avg or lookout will work because there's this video on youtube where a guy opens a virus infected app called" sexy girl" it loads the bad files on the sd and sends sms he trys to see if avg picks it up it doesn't lookout doesn't either then he finally uses this one app and it finds it

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    I do find it irritating that the apps we install want so many permissions and complete control of our phones.
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    It's a mixed bag m8. In order for some applications to function properly on a little phone that also wants to be a little computer, they require access to what may seem like peculiar functions on the surface, but with a little careful deliberation can be usually be understood pretty readily.

    In the Marketplace between doing a bit of homework (dev notoriety, web presence, discussions on forums like these, etc.) and reading the comments, one can pretty easily discern the wheat from the chaff.

    When it comes to side-loading it's not a ton different. Dev reputation, usage, reviews, etc. are essential.

    I'm sure this sounds like a vanillia, patronizing answer, but it's also just the way it is at the moment. The Marketplace is a mess, so it's on us to make good decisions.
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    Hey I know this is off topic but could someone tell me why whenever I update all apps in market it sais market.vending has crashed.

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    You need to insert more tokens into vending machine thats why its crashing.

    Try rebooting and or updating each app manually.
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    Now that's a brilliant idea. Insidious, but brilliant.
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    Let's say in a worst case scenario - the phone gets infected with spyware, a virus, or any other possibility that leads to "crap we don't want to have happen to our device" ...
    Options are:
    *.sbf ?
    factory reset ?
    restore a backup ?
    lock phone in safe and run because it's gonna blow ?
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    It's much harder to write an actual virus for a linux system then it is for windows. Macs haven't had a Virus in years. People write viruses for Windows because it's still the most popular OS on the planet, though Lord knows why, and when they launch one they want to get as many people as possible.

    Oh the part I said about writing the virus? This is from several of the 1000 threads already existing from this subject. I have a hard enough time writing my name on a check let alone write a virus.
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    First, I assume you mean malware or anything that carry "malicious payload". Computer virus is a specific term refers to a computer program that is capable to self-popagating. Virus is uncommon nowaday, most of the "bad things" you see out there are worms, trojans, system vulnerability attacks at network layers.

    Yes, it is possible to get infected by a malware on Android. If you go wild on the Internet, expecially those torrent, porn sites. There is a good chance you will pick up a few malwares.

    Traditionally, Linux is fairly safe because of the small population and there are so many variants of Linux, it is hard to write a malware that works on multiple platforms. But Android as a single platform (and Mac too) is growing too fast and make a perfect warm bed for hackers. So expect more security alerts in the coming months. Geinimi is just one example (google Geinimi if you have not heard of it). It is scary to see the amount of apps from Market that requires full Internet access, SD access, and full phone access (combine together, the app can basically take over your phone without your notice). I definitely won't use my Android for online banking.



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