malware has reached smartphones?

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  1. PhoenixGTR

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    It is very much possible, smartphones are pretty much a computer. Even faster than old PC XT's.

    I would bet it could be even easier if your phone is rooted.
     
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    Sounds like that's what the article meant, something similar, only disguised in email attachments. I don't open attachments on my Droid except pix from family or friends.
    I'd be more worried if there were drive-by downloads that could affect Droids. That's probably in the works too.
    For now, I scan my Droid with my PC's AV periodically.
    If I do install an AV on my Droid, Norton wouldn't be my 1st choice. It slowed down my PC last time I used it.
     
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    For giggles I downloaded and ran a scan with it. It said my android tether app was a threat and quarantined it. lol!
     
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    I suspect that will be a recurring issue, even with non root apps.
     
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    I have Lookout installed on my Droid - never had any issues with my stuff. :)

    While the thought of Norton on my Droid makes me want to vomit, I wouldn't mind using Kaspersky :) a co-worker showed me that he has that on his Winmobile 6.5 phone; 30 day trial, then $30 i think :\ ...i don't like that price tag, but i do like the brand (lol he said all he has to do is uninstall and reinstall and he's got another 30 day trial)
     
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    Back in the day... DOS, Win3.1, '95 and '98, Norton was king. After it was sold to Symantec it went downhill year after year. Left a bad taste in my mouth. Even if they've improved recently, they lost my business long ago. Wouldn't consider their software for a moment, not on a PC and certainly not on my phone. Last thing I need is their bloatware slowing down my mini-computer, especially when it hasn't yet been shown that Android is susceptible to viruses on a large scale.

    Remember when bluetooth became available on phones? Everyone said keep your bluetooth turned off otherwise people walking past you on the street could send a virus to your phone. While technically anything may be possible, the AV companies profit on the fear mongering.
     
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    Dont all security companies? Look at Brinks/Broadview security, theyre a prime example of this. Pretty much everything plays off of insecurities/fear mongering....
     
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    I'm going to make an app that does nothing but claims to prevent viruses and sell it in the market... I just need a flashy GUI
     
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