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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good Anti-Virus Software and Doctor Who apps?

Alright, so, I'm a huge doctor who fan and would like some good wallpaper/ringtone/just overall fun apps for the show. Problem is, I know this is where lots of spyware and viruses like to hide, so I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations?

Second, I need a good anti-virus on my phone (A HTC one with the Google play store) I downloaded one, but it was asking for a huge amount of privileges, so I backed out.

I heard Lookout was good, any ideas?

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For the anti-virus, you don't need one unless you download pirated apps or stuff.
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There's no reason aside for that? I don't download pirated apps, so xD.
Still looking for some good Doctor who apps though xD
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Done anti virus apps have anti theft features you may like to have. I have avast installed for that. I just turn off the services like apps scanning since it's unnecessary. As long as you get your apps from well known and legit sources you'll be fine.
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You need Doctor Who Sounds and Ringers. I've got the current theme as my default ring tone and "Hello, Sweetie" as my notification. (And I can't believe I just admitted that geeky info.)
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Curious surely smartphones require AV / firewalls etc as really they are handheld computers which are vulnerable.
Surfing the internet and accessing certain websites can screw with your PC, so surely smartphone is no different
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Curious surely smartphones require AV / firewalls etc as really they are handheld computers which are vulnerable.
Surfing the internet and accessing certain websites can screw with your PC, so surely smartphone is no different
Surely you are wrong. If you download approved apps and are smart when browsing the web there is no reason to run an A/V on an android device. All it does it take up resources. A smart phone is different.
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I'm with chanchan on this. I do have avast on my phone, but only for the location features and don't run the AV.

If you do want to use such an app, don't be surprised by a long list of permissions - think about what it does and you should be able to see why they are there.
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Curious surely smartphones require AV / firewalls etc as really they are handheld computers which are vulnerable.
Surfing the internet and accessing certain websites can screw with your PC, so surely smartphone is no different
Both right and wrong.

1. You are right that smartphones are handheld computers

2. You are wrong that browsing the web can get you viruses that screw up the phone.

Your phone runs a different OS compared to your computer (Windows/Mac vs Android). In as much the same way you can put 32GB of Windows viruses on a Mac and nothing will happen, you can fill up the mass storage of your phone with viruses and nothing will happen apart from getting storage full notifications. Viruses don't work cross platform. A virus has to be specifically made for your OS so it can affect that OS. And the design of Android makes it impossible for viruses to exist. This is because while on a PC, many people prefer to be using the admin account (I don't know why) instead of a standard account, many viruses are able to run in the backround immediately without the owner knowing. On Android, since you don't have admin access out of the box, the viruses would run into the brick wall of permissions denied on the phone. And even if you have admin access by rooting, Android programs have a set level of sandboxing (or perhaps a better term is selective permissibility) as well. The OS is protected by a "permissions wall" where the apps you install can only affect the contents or workings of the phone if the permissions are granted, which is why you see a list of permissions when you install apps.
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