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Old October 28th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which FREE Firewall and Antivorus are the best to use on a Samsung Galaxy S. Please give reasons that you can confirm as to why your choice is the best.

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This is a bit of a contentious subject and opinion differs. The best protection is just to be caerful with what you install. There's a pretty good (albeit lengthy) guide here: http://androidforums.com/android-applications/36936-how-safe-find-trusted-apps-avoid-viruses-guide-those-new-android.html

That being said, I have Lookout installed simply for its phone finder and remote lock function.
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You would only need a firewall if you deploy world-facing severs on your phone. And there aren't any active Linux viruses, so no need for an anit-virus app. also, each app runs in it's own sandbox so it technically isn't able to affect other apps.
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You would only need a firewall if you deploy world-facing severs on your phone. And there aren't any active Linux viruses, so no need for an anit-virus app. also, each app runs in it's own sandbox so it technically isn't able to affect other apps.

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Unless you have apps on your handset acting as publicly-visible servers and accepting unsolicited requests from outside sources, a firewall is not necessary. Without a server anything that does come knocking on your door will simply get no answer.
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Unless you have apps on your handset acting as publicly-visible servers and accepting unsolicited requests from outside sources, a firewall is not necessary. Without a server anything that does come knocking on your door will simply get no answer.
butbutbut .... what about all those apps out there i read about that are conecting to the internet and steeling my info
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Nothing can steal your info unless you let it. Take care when installing apps that their required permissions make sense for what the app does, only install apps from trustworthy known sources, and you'll be safe enough. The How To Be Safe.... sticky at the top of this section is an excellent guide, if you haven't already found it.
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huh?
I'm sorry, I should have explained that better.

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Unless you have apps on your handset acting as publicly-visible servers and accepting unsolicited requests from outside sources, a firewall is not necessary. Without a server anything that does come knocking on your door will simply get no answer.
This is a much better explanation. Thank you, Slug

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butbutbut .... what about all those apps out there i read about that are conecting to the internet and steeling my info
Any app can steal information, consider the recent news about the Dolphin HD browser - tracking and uploading all of the URLs you visit. although it now seems it was unintentional, it did happen. A firewall isn't designed to protect against this because a web browser needs internet permissions. I doubt there is an app around that could have prevented this. The weakest link in any computer system is the user.
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Which FREE Firewall and Antivorus are the best to use on a Samsung Galaxy S. Please give reasons that you can confirm as to why your choice is the best.
While I do agree that being careful of the apps you download, I still use one. I use Lookout Premium. Love the remote locate and swipe the internal memory and SD card. Safe browser when using both non mobil and mobil websites. Backup and restore. App Permission notices and phone/app scans.
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While I do agree that being careful of the apps you download, I still use one. I use Lookout Premium. Love the remote locate and swipe the internal memory and SD card. Safe browser when using both non mobil and mobil websites. Backup and restore. App Permission notices and phone/app scans.
Although I haven't used it yet, I have heard good things about this app from many people.
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Sometimes it's not about being safe. There is more and more bundling of crap with some computer apps, and I'm sure Android won't be far behind.

Mozilla is bringing out a FF version with BING as the default browser. I want no part of Bing, it's blacklisted on the computer. Groupon is another site that is blacklisted.

I want to blacklist these on the phone. I rooted to get rid of bloatware and other stuff I did not want, so getting other apps I do not want bundled is a pain.
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I just allow downloads from the market only and assume they’re watching out for me -- sounds silly but it works.
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Ive been doing the same but you never know....im used to XP Pro n we all know how we need Antiviurs and Firewall w that one lol
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There are apps that you can install that prevent other apps from getting permissions to parts of the phone that you don't care for it to have. But they all require root access.

LBE Privacy guard is a good one and is probably the best overall. I also use DroidWall to prevent any freshly installed app from getting internet access, although LBE can prevent that as well (but LBE defaults everything to on, which I don't like).

As for malware protection, I don't feel any of the malware protection apps are worth their salt. Now, they also have additional features that may make them worth it (remote data wipe and location services, for example), but I wouldn't use one just because I feel threatened by malware.
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If you really feel the need to use an AV application then you can't beat Lookout.

Although I have never used AV software on my SGS2.
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I wasn't responding to you. You need to read some of the posts below yours.

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There are apps that you can install that prevent other apps from getting permissions to parts of the phone that you don't care for it to have. But they all require root access.

LBE Privacy guard is a good one and is probably the best overall. I also use DroidWall to prevent any freshly installed app from getting internet access, although LBE can prevent that as well (but LBE defaults everything to on, which I don't like).

As for malware protection, I don't feel any of the malware protection apps are worth their salt. Now, they also have additional features that may make them worth it (remote data wipe and location services, for example), but I wouldn't use one just because I feel threatened by malware.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gmail.exathink.appshield&feature=se arch_result
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There are a few, actually.
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While I do agree that being careful of the apps you download, I still use one. I use Lookout Premium. Love the remote locate and swipe the internal memory and SD card. Safe browser when using both non mobil and mobil websites. Backup and restore. App Permission notices and phone/app scans.
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You are comparing windows (an old iteration at that) to Linux. Apples to oranges.
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You are comparing windows (an old iteration at that) to Linux. Apples to oranges.
Not only that, even if did want it, there’s no end of hard drive space on a PC for protection software; not much room at all on an Android, especially a midget like my Optimus.
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Although I haven't used it yet, I have heard good things about this app from many people.
Please give reasons that you can confirm as to why your choice is the best.
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lol the only thing i know about Linux is..........i recently found out my phone is Linux lol
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What are the advantages of Lookout premium. I like that the free version has the phone finder but what other benefits are (besides the spam going away)?

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I've installed the app and truthfully say it does work on unrooted devices. You can remove permissions on installed apps. (I have one rooted and one unrooted streak)

Question regarding "rollback" after removing permissions:

1. Check which permissions you want to remove
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Does the modified app nullify the purchase of an orig app? Or if you need to roll-back due to the removed permission causing FC's in the modified app, can you roll back (without paying for a purchased app again)?

UPDATE: Just answered my question.. tested an app by removing "make calls without your permissions" so to get the FC. I was able to uninstall the modified app and rollback to a "backup"
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i removed mine as causing wakelocks and draining my battery.

just careful what i install now.
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Although I have never used AV software on my SGS2.
Has lookout or any AV suite ever found a malicious app?
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Just us, the community or Google, itself.
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The closest I've gotten to seeing an app actually flag something as suspcious was Norton Mobile Security (Beta) where it flagged a "web site" as malicious (i think a string is on AF discussing it)... But never have seen or read where anyone else has detected a malware by apo name from running one of these security type apps..
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Which ap did you remove (name)?

Oh yeah, that might be helpful!

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Hey thanks, yup, ive done the same...installed it for a short while, but unstalled it later.
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