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    I've been using my desire without. Should I get one?
     

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    Pretty much the above links should cover it. But to sum it up there aren't really any true viruses out for android yet. I think in total viruses that have been found on Android comes to about 11 and i believe most have already been taken care of via updates etc.

    That being said (and this is just my own opinion) do you need it now? Not really but some of the security/location features that come with some of them are nice.

    Will you need it in the future? Most definitely. Anything can be hacked and as time goes on and Android grows more and more hackers will start to work on ways to do it.

    Anyway, my two cents.
     
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    Ironass posted some very good links, and you can also read some of the articles from the following link, and then make your own informed decision on weather or not you need one.

    Search | threatpost

    There's lots more information out there. You'll just need to Google a bit.
     
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    And to answer the question of the OP.. you will get mixed views. I personally use an Antivirus but not for the security but for the location services it offers and the security to me is just an added bonus.

    People say the Anti-viruses are useless but that is not true, they are very helpful apps but if you are careful with everything thing you download and do on your phone then there is no need for an antivirus because getting viruses on android is very rare but don't get me wrong it does happen, and by reading alot of articles it seems that there has been an increase in viruses so its up to you whether you want to use one or not. And if you do decide to use one then I suggest you go with Lookout Mobile Security.

    Hope this helps. Good luck :)
     
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    Android is Linux and there aren't any active viruses for Linux, this is due to the way Linux is designed. This article explains a bit about why Linux will remain more resistant against viruses regardless of how popular Linux becomes.

    Asyiu posted an excellent link. Thanks Asyiu :)
     

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