Security For Your New Droid

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    I know that people are going to be very anxious about their new phones and everything but I did want to bring up a topic not many thing about. Security. Please install at least one of the free anti-virus apps that are available for the phone. There have been more and more articles coming up lately that state that people are starting to go after cell phones for private data now. I've heard them talking about ones that are on email attachments and other things, not to mention the docs you could just sync with it.

    Please be careful.
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    +1 agreed..
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    i know it's a bit early, but does anyone know of one or two recommendations that rise to the top of the pack?
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    Would be nice to see a site that compared the different security options. I'd be willing to pay for good virus protection. Last thing I'd want is to catch a virus and end up with a Droid brick.
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    I'll get one, but it's interesting that that's a worry for this device. I guess open source has open problems...or could
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    Anti virus for phones....man have times changed.
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    this is the concern for me too. i'll run some anti-virus until i know that it's not an issue. i haven't been using anything on my laptop for about a year now because viruses just aren't the same as what they used to be, and windows security catches what does get in... but i'll use something for a while at least...
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    It's not just this phone. It's all smart phones. Every smart phone runs on top of an operating system, but no matter what can be vulnerable to attack. (Until they create a super secure OS)
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    in 2 years plus ive never seen that on BB.
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    Each operating system has to have one specifically tailored to it. As far as I know there haven't been any confirmed cases for BB's yet. (And if everyone is leaving rimm now anyways what's the point in creating one now lol.) But just like winmo, and iphone, they were built on prior platform models.. winmo based on windows, and iphone based on os x (or leopard, prolly the same damn thing). There have been virus's that are't "tailored" for winmo specifically but because it shares alot in common to windows, it does have the ability to cross over and still do damage to that phone. Same applies to apple, whether they really want to admit it, there have been virus's made for the mac, just none that have been unleashed upon it's undying fans.

    With the popularity of smart phones becoming a major reality, crooks are starting to think of better ways of getting what they need out of you. What's the one thing you use almost everyday, a phone. Once you start getting used to doing banking, and checking your email, and all this other stuff from your phone it just makes them want to get something on your phone even more.
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    i just don't do banking stuff from my phone. and it stays in my pocket, so no one can easily snag it. that has been my security solution for the past few year, and it hasn't failed me..
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    Once they start getting virus's and malware that can cross multiple systems, it will be a very very bad day.
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    personally, i'm more worried about Z-Day.... yes, i have a zombie plan.
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    I think this should be stickied, I never thought about this but open source will proove to provide new hurdles for phone owners.
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    I haven't used any of the programs yet, but some of the programs in the marketplace are:
    SecuritySuite by Droid Hunter Security (2 1/2 stars, 84 ratings)
    Mobile Security by Flexillis (4 1/2 stars 411 ratings)

    Both are free downloads.
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    yes, but can you fart on command all day long?...... don't answer that! :icon_eek:
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    Has anybody tried them and do they slow down the phone?
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    I use Flexilis and there is 0 slow downs or 0 problems with it so far.
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    Let me sort of squash this notion of a virus on Android platform.. it IS a possibility, yes.. but highly unlikely. First, their are only two ways a virus could get into your phone. One is via an OS update.. and that would mean that the google team themselves bundled their OS/Android platform with the virus in it. Since they are extremely specific on what goes into this, I seriously doubt this will ever happen. The other way would be installing and running an app that has some sort of native code in it that can introduce a virus at the linux kernel level of android devices. I see this as a more probable way of it happening, but still pretty unlikely.

    As for downloading an android app that adds a virus to the system.. as each android app runs in its own JVM and can only access programatic pieces of other apps by specifying them in their app, the only way I see an app becoming a potential virus is if a service is running and it can intercept data from other apps.

    HOWEVER, to be fair, java byte code is easily revesible. Anyone can grab the .apk file from their phone, or from a site that allows you to download the .apk files. Reverse it, put in some java code (or native code possibly), rebundle it and host it or put it up on the store. I do think tho, that google will monitor and quickly squash duplicate apps from different vendors. That is why we developers have to be a developer ID and while I haven't uploaded an app yet, I would guess that the name + my specific ID and such will keep it unique. I don't know if it's possible for different vendors to have the identical app name put up on the store. If not, then this route will be much less of a worry for viruses.

    As for getting a virus via email... I would highly doubt that is possible on these devices. Unlike windows and outlook and such that allow executable apps to be run when you so much as open an email (although usually its clicking on attachments), I don't believe there is any way to run an attachment from an email on your phone. It may open up another app to read it, for example.. clicking on a pdf attachment.. and I don't even know if these phones can do that.


    I am curious New2u what virus(es) you speak of or think might come up.. and what anti-virus software there is to use?
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    next thing you know we will get the swine flu from malicious developers in the Market Place......
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