Android phone question

millworkmanOctober 13, 2012

I know on our home computers we scan for viruses and malware. How or what is recommended for Android phones? I have anti-virus on my phone already.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

About the best program for android is Lookout security, Avast also has a pretty decent one. Since Android is Linux it is less prone to infections but certainly not exempt.
They can both be found in the Google Play or Amazon app store for free.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 11:10AM
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grandms

Lookout security does scan any new app that you download to your phone. It sends me a report weekly via e-mail.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 12:07PM
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millworkman

I use the T-mobile antivirus, but was wondering more about malware and or spyware?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:45AM
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SnidelyWhiplash

Last year, Google's manager of the Android effort said the following:

"Virus companies are playing on your fears to try to sell you BS protection software for Android, RIM, and, iOS," DiBona said on Google+. "They are charlatans and scammers. If you work for a company selling virus protection for Android, RIM or iOS, you should be ashamed of yourself."

I don't know what the consensus view is today. It's one of those areas with divided opinions. The danger seems to be most prevalent with apps. As with PC use, if you stay with mainstream programs and go only to mainstream websites, you're unlikely to have any problems. I don't use security software on my Android phone and I don't worry about it. Maybe I should?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 12:38PM
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