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  1. darkcyber

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    I run Lookout, but wondered what the best firewall for the X is? I see several listed in the market, but wanted to get some real world (use) input.
     

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    I don't use any =) did not know we need one =/
     
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    Do we really need one?
     
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    if your getting hacked alot then yeah. but i dont think so
     
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    No, not getting hacked, just looking at adding an additional layer of security to my X. You know, our smartphones are just basically small computers that access public wifi spots (if you do that), receive your emails, surf the net, and all that can make your phone vulnerable. Albeit, there has not really been any kind of major attack on mobile OS's yet, but it will come some day and just looking/thinking ahead. :D

    Do you really need one? Do you really need one on your home pc? Do you use one on your home pc? If so, why? That should answer that question.
     
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    How do you know if you are being hack??
     
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    Good question.

    Also, with all these different apps out there, how do you know they are all on the up and up?
     
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    Bear in mind that running an AV app will slow down your phone if it does real-time scanning.
     
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    Best not to install apps that have permissions your not comfortable with.
     
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    Yep, good suggestion. My question about running a firewall is to control and know what is trying to make a connection. A smartphone without some level of control, then you have no clue what is connecting or when. Just my thoughts. Maybe the smartphone firewalls have not matured enough yet, but there is definitely a need just like a desktop pc.

    I run Lookout and do not see any performance hit.
     
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    I agree, to those who laugh at needing any kind of security on a smart phone well they are just being foolish.
     
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    Is that a true firewall? It seems to be more concerned about blocking applications from using the network, not blocking network users from your phone. The developers site uses the word "firewall" but only talks about limiting applications from using the network. I'm just not sure what the total capabilities of that program are.

    Thanks!
     
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    Far as I can tell it's just application level firewalling. I couldn't see that it did packet level rules based off ip address or anything that fine grained. But it's better than running wide open, if you are concerned about that level of security. A good feature of the software is that you can run in a whitelist or blacklist mode. I'm more of a fan of the whitelist mode, in that I have to specifically allow an application after I install it. Nothing communicates unless I want it to. Now granted that's an all or nothing kind of rule, if I allow an application it can talk to anyone.
     
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    [FYI] Do NOT Dowload Android Market Security Tool - Fake Versions Found with Viruses
    Mar 10, 2011 - 11:45 AM - by dgstorm


    Here's an update on some of the malware infection problems going on right now in Android-land. Google recently released the "Android Market Security Tool 2011" to fix the DroidDream infection, but users are advised NOT to download it. The tool is already being pushed out automatically by Google to eliminate the DroidDream malicious software.

    The other reason not to download the "Android Market Security Tool" is because there is a fake version on the secondary Android markets. The version on the Google Android Market is clean, but the fake version on the alternate markets is infected with viruses itself.

    It's important to note that the fix does not eliminate the vulnerability exploit that allowed the DroidDream to infect Android phones. All it does is remove the infection. Only Android version 2.2.2 or above, fixes the vulnerability. So, it is up to the phone manufacturers and carriers to get their phones ready for that update. These leaves many of us with older smartphones 'out in the cold' regarding our vulnerabilities to potential future exploits.

    I just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about this one, since the 'bad guys' are really getting insidious and crafty. Most of you guys are smart and cautious enough not to fall for these tricks, but we need to spread the word on this kind of stuff to protect each other. As always, do research and check permissions on any app you download.

    Source: Android.net via Phandroid and PC World
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