Which Firewall and Antivirus to use?


  1. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

    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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  2. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! VIP Member

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  3. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Well-Known Member

    None, nada, zip, zero.
    As the Latin Haggis pointed out, the best defense is a smart owner.
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  4. ardchoille

    ardchoille Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member


    huh? :confused:
  6. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    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.
  7. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

    but:confused:but:confused:but .... what about all those apps out there i read about that are conecting to the internet and steeling my info :eek:
  8. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    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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  9. ardchoille

    ardchoille Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, I should have explained that better.

    This is a much better explanation. Thank you, Slug :)

    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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  10. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    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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  11. ardchoille

    ardchoille Well-Known Member

    Although I haven't used it yet, I have heard good things about this app from many people.
  12. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    I just allow downloads from the market only and assume they’re watching out for me -- sounds silly but it works.
  14. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

  15. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

    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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  16. Remeniz

    Remeniz Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Well-Known Member

    @Nosnibor
    I wasn't responding to you. You need to read some of the posts below yours.

    @jerofld:
    I am rooted, Will look that app up.
  18. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Well-Known Member

    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gmail.exathink.appshield&feature=search_result
    Not all.
    There are a few, actually.
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  19. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Well-Known Member

    SeekDroid 99 cents.

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  20. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy VIP Member

  21. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Well-Known Member

    You are comparing windows (an old iteration at that) to Linux. Apples to oranges.:D
  22. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Not only that, even if did want it, there
  23. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

    Please give reasons that you can confirm as to why your choice is the best.
  24. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

    ok now this is what im looking for--INFORMATION--
    You get 10 out of 10 for your responce, as to MY first post.
  25. Nosnibor

    Nosnibor Active Member

    lol the only thing i know about Linux is..........i recently found out my phone is Linux lol
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