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    Article: SECURITY: How Bad Is Mobile Malware?

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    Bottom line is, if you're a idiot that clicks yes to everything you're going to get something. If you're careful, chances are slim. Be aware, do your research, and save your money on Anti-virus software.

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    True, true. But a good anti-virus is useful, no ?

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    Most have free malware scans. You pay for added features.
    BHP is right though. Be careful and wise and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delfim View Post
    True, true. But a good anti-virus is useful, no ?
    A anti-virus/malware is only as good as the company behind it.

    You're not going to get protection from some developer that made a anti-whaterver app. Definitions need updating everyday. It requires a lot of man hours to keep up with it all. That's why they cost money.Googles system of being open doesn't help them in this regard because developers are allowed to sign their own apps. It's only going to get worse for Android users.

    The main thing is to read what the app is requesting permissions to. Just don't click yes/agree because the app looks cool. Common sense really but then again we're talking about people.

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    Google usually catches malware on the market, though a few get downloaded before they get pulled. I'd suggest these:

    Go to settings/applications and make sure "unknown sources" isn't checked. If you are only downloading from the market there's not much reason to enable this. With it unchecked you wont be able to download willy nilly and install just anything.

    Don't download that app that was just posted, is free but offers features that should obviously be paid. As well this links to a point BHP made....

    Permissions. Use your head. You don't have to be a developer to know when somethings fishy. Look at what the app says it does and see if permissions match. If you have questions email the developer and get his explanation, then pick a similar app and email its developer. See how the explanations compare. Honest developers are willing to explain the why's on permissions.

    If you're paranoid, then look at SmrtGuard, Lookout, or BitDefender. All have real-time scans, offer scanning for free, and are updated by respected development teams. Sprint offers Lookout on its market, and its been praised by reviewers. Downside to these is that they do use memory and run in the background. Not an issue for newer devices, but older ones may get sluggish.

    If you want to test a malware scanner, test viruses (harmless) are on the market to download and test your protection of choice. These ARE HARMESS, but read the descriptions. Lastly, check your bill online. If you see spikes in texting or crazy charges, then get on it with your provider. I'm not sure all the premium text attacks (if you will) show up, but its better safe then sorry.

    Above all, and its been said over and over, use your head. Read descriptions, read reviews.

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