Do I really need anti-virus for Android phone?

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Hi,

AVG provides a free application for Android that have good reviews.  But do I
really need it?

How much Android (as off-shot of Linux at least at its core) is prone to malware?

TIA, Eugene

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There is malware for that plaform already.


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Addendum:

http://www.mobileburn.com/18782/news/nq-mobile-discovers-new-form-of-android-malware


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Re: Do I really need anti-virus for Android phone?

Dave,

Thank you very much for the response.  

I've realized that I made my question too broad in scope.  Let me narrow it down
to my particular situation.

I get my Android apps from the Market only.  I download only ones that have tons
of users and good reviews.  I believe it's unlikely that I would install a
malicious by design application.

So, my question is: How likely to meet an Android application that acquired its
malicious payload (got infected) without its authors knowledge?  Not a Trojan
but virus infection?

TIA, Eugene

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On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:51:42 PM UTC-5, David H. Lipman wrote:
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Personally I don't touch cell phones so that isn't my arena but if it is a
smartphone and
you can browse the Internet then there's the possibility of any kind of
malicious
software.



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Eugene F. wrote:
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 > scope.  Let me narrow it down to my particular situation.
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 > only ones that have tons of users and good reviews.
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 > by design application.

So, the classic trojan vector is practically a non-starter, but there
are other non-viral vectors besides the classic trojan.

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 > application that acquired its malicious payload (got
 > infected) without its authors knowledge?  Not a Trojan
 > but virus infection?

Good question, I think viruses are much less likely than
some other forms of malware. However, antivirus programs
can be helpful in detecting non-viral malware that may
gain entry through a vulnerability in said application.

A very good percentage of attacks are against application
software that has tons of users and good reviews.:o)




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Yes you should utilize an antimalware program with Android phones.

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Eugene F. wrote:
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I don't think it matters much what OS these devices use.
There are so many of them that it is fertile ground for
emerging malware.


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Yep. If Linux were on more than 1% of the desktops, you would see just as
many them as for winders.

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I don't know about 'just as many', but I know what you mean. One reason
for departure on this minor point is that Windows is pretty homogeneous
- if you're running Windows a malware writer can make certain
assumptions about your environment/applications/utilities. Linux is much
less homogeneous so fewer assumptions can be made.

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Yes plus the fact that root has been much more protected with Linux than
winders for a long time...still is better than UAC kinda but at least
UAC is the step in the right direction IMO.

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