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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by zetroc, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. zetroc

    zetroc Well-Known Member
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    So I stopped by the Vzw store to pick up a car charger and had a small convo with the rep and she said that when I came in Thursday to pick up my Incredible that they would install some apps including task killer and an anti virus... really? An anti-virus? I quickly interrupted her and pointed out that I had ordered it online so I would take care of that on my own but... an anti-virus, should I be installing an antivirus lol, Idk why but I find that a bit silly, however I am not really knowledgeable on whether this is truly a big deal in the android world...

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  2. jareth

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    She had no idea what she was talking about.

    I didn't even need antivirus on my old winmo phone, so a linux based phone like android needing antivirus is laughable. Android just doesn't operate that way.
     
  3. jamor

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    The day I have to keep up with virus updates and software for my phone is the day I sell my smartphone. Ew. Ugly thoughts go away!
     
  4. MrGoodCat

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    you don't need either of those things. maybe it was opposite day at the verizon store you went to today. were her clothes inside out and backwards? haha

    seriously though, don't install either, your phone will thank you for it and bless you with extra free ram
     
  5. Vihzel

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    If any anti-virus comes up, it would be on the Apple iPhone since it has the largest base.
     
  6. She is full of lies.
     
  7. JETC

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    Well...never say never. There are already rare occasions of malware infections that has gotten through Android based OS (ie. Malware found on HTC Android phone from Vodafone | InSecurity Complex - CNET News ) It's rare but nevertheless present. Chances are if you are smart with what apps you download and opening email attachments then you don't have anything to worry about. Just letting everyone know that yes...virus/malwares for Linux OS does also exist. Security holes just gets patched faster...way faster than Microsoft would.
     
  8. jamor

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    Eew gross. I already have a computer!! RAWR!
     
  9. dvdivx

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    Sounds like Pelosi. I'd say a firewall would be the most you would need unless there is a bluetooth/wifi exploit.
     
  10. jwm2

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    Firewall on a smartphone? I don't think so, same as an antivirus app, its not needed. Task killers are not needed as well, they eat up ram and the android os does a great job of managing memory on its own.
     

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