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Android Antivirus: 6 truths about smartphone malware

Discussion in 'Android Phones' started by creedito, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. creedito

    creedito Forum Veteran Established

    Android is a hot bed for malicious
    malware . This malware is so
    dangerous that it can destroy your
    phone, and even your life if you’re not
    careful. The worst part is it’s already
    happening to you right now! There is
    no place to hide! It’s everywhere! At
    least that’s what some people want
    you to believe. Android malware has
    been a hot topic for several years.
    With just a quick search for “malware”
    on this site you can find many stories
    about this topic. There are reports
    from security companies about
    Android malware being on the rise,
    infographics for fighting malware,
    reports of Google pâtching holes , and
    much more. It’s time to set things
    straight once and for all. This is the
    truth about Android malware.
    1. It exists
    If you are using something that has
    access to the internet you are
    susceptible to malware. Windows,
    Mac, iPhone, and even Blackberry
    devices are susceptible to malware.
    Being able to access the internet
    makes any device a target for
    malware. Android is no exception. In
    the past few years there have been
    cases where Android devices were
    infected by malware. The most public
    cases were from Microsoft’s #
    DroidRage campaign. They held a
    device giveaway for anyone that was
    infected with Android malware.
    Still, those are extreme (and maybe
    fake) cases. Despite what you may
    have heard Android is actually one of
    the less susceptible platforms out
    there. It is estimated that less than
    0.001% of app installations are able to
    evade Google’s security measures.
    Even though the malware exists it’s
    not a serious concern for most Android
    2. Google has security
    There are some people who think
    Android is like the Wild West. They
    think the sheriff, Google, is out-of-
    town and everyone is free to do as
    they please. This is obviously not
    true. Google has advanced security
    tools with many layers of protection.
    The 0.001% of apps that do make it
    pass Google’s security have to make
    it through all the levels in the chart
    That’s 7 layers of security. If the user
    doesn’t have unknown sources
    enabled, like most average users
    don’t, the app won’t even make it past
    the second level. Android is not the
    wild west, but it’s not Apple’s walled
    garden either. Google will let anyone
    upload an app to the Play Store, but
    that doesn’t mean they will let it infect
    your device. They have your back.
    3. The iPhone isn’t immune
    There’s a very misinformed notion
    that somehow the iPhone is somehow
    immune from all of this. Despite
    owning the biggest piece of
    smartphone market share, it’s true,
    the iPhone may not be as big of a
    target as Android devices. This is
    largely in part due to iOS not giving
    users the ability to download/install
    apps from outside sources like on
    Android, but security flaws within the
    OS are exposed frequently.
    In fact, security firm Symantec
    published a report last year in which
    they discovered 387 security holes in
    . Android? Only 13. More recently, it
    was discovered that the default Mail
    app used in most recent versions of
    iOS wasn’t encrypting email
    attachments properly, leaving them
    wide open to attackers looking for
    sensitive data.
    With the process of “jailbreaking” an
    iPhone or iPad being a practically 1-
    click affair, there’s also a growing
    number of iOS users turning to
    jailbreaks in order to have access to
    3rd party market places like the Cydia
    app store, free from Apple’s iron fist.
    A year ago, Evasi0n — a popular iOS
    jailbreak method — logged 7 million
    downloads of their free software the
    week after it went live to the public.
    That’s a lot of users.
    Of course, jailbreaking opens up iOS
    devices to many of the same non-
    sanctioned, possibly malicious
    applications as Android. In fact, it was
    earlier this year, a proof of concept
    malware was created
    that showed how would-be hackers
    could record every screen press and
    interaction a user had on their
    jailbroken iOS devices. Not a huge
    issue for the vast majority of iPhone/
    iPad users who stick with the stock
    firmware and App Store for all their
    application needs, but then again, the
    same could be said for Android users.
    4. Some security apps are a scam
    All of this fear mongering around
    Android malware has created
    opportunities to make some easy
    money. A lot of people are more than
    willing to shell out a few bucks if they
    think it will protect them. There are
    some really nice security apps
    available, but most of the ones that
    cost money aren’t worth it.
    Norton & McAfee: These
    companies have built a good
    reputation on PCs, but their mobile
    apps are unnecessary. They both
    throw a ton of separate apps out
    there for many different things like
    dialer protection and cloud
    security. You don’t need any of
    these apps.
    NQ Mobile: This app has lead
    a controversial life. The company
    is on the New York Stock
    Exchange, but many people of
    accused them of being a fraud. The
    app has good reviews in the Play
    Store, but be wary of the
    Paid Apps: Android is very
    secure on its own. Paying for a
    security app is a waste of money.
    Plain and simple. If you do really,
    really want an extra layer of
    security we have a few
    suggestions below.
    5. Some security apps actually work
    While some companies are trying
    make easy money, others are trying to
    actually help. There are a few apps
    that you can use to give yourself some
    peace of mind.
    360 Mobile Security : The app
    with the highest detection rate is
    360 Mobile Security, coming in at
    99.9%. This app is lightweight,
    fast, and well designed. Above all
    that is the functionality. It can do
    standard scans, but also fix
    system vulnerabilities, and help
    your phone run more efficiently.
    Avast!: The popular free
    desktop anti-virus program also
    has an excellent Android app.
    Avast scans your apps to provide
    details on what they are doing,
    scans URLs for malware, and even
    has some anti-theft tools. The best
    part about Avast! is it’s completely
    Lookout Security & Antivirus :
    A great app that has been around
    forever is Lookout. Like Avast!,
    this app combines software and
    physical security. It will scan apps
    and give you reports, but also
    allow you to track your phone if
    it’s stolen. The detection rate for
    malicious apps is 99.4% accurate.
    Other security apps to consider
    Of course, the security apps listed
    above aren’t the only apps of their
    kind in the Google Play Store. With so
    many options to choose from, here are
    a few others we found that, according
    to their reviews, seem to be well-
    received by their users. While we
    haven’t tested these apps ourselves,
    we’ll ask you guys if you’ve had any
    experience/success with any of the
    below listed apps. Any others you’d
    1 AntiVirus Security
    2 CM Security
    3 Dr. Web
    4 F-Secure Mobile Security
    5 Kaspersky Internet Security
    6. You are the best weapon
    The best way to avoid malware, and
    this goes for any platform, is to be
    smart. If you are installing ©râcked
    APKs from random websites you are
    obviously more at risk. But, if you
    follow these simple guidelines and
    you and all your Android devices will
    be safe.
    1 Read reviews before
    downloading an app in Google
    2 Download APKs from trusted
    or official sources.
    3 Read the permissions
    required by the app.
    4 Ask about it on
    If you do these things, and use a little
    common sense, your Android device
    will always be malware-free. If
    anyone that you know is afraid of
    getting a virus on their Android device
    share this article with them. Together
    we can end the terrible myths about
    Android security.
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  2. arfbig

    arfbig Eternal Poster Established

    nice info ts salamat po...
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