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  1. Nosnibor

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    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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    None, nada, zip, zero.
    As the Latin Haggis pointed out, the best defense is a smart owner.
     
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    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.
     
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    huh? :thinking:
     
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    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.
     
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    but:thinking:but:thinking:but .... what about all those apps out there i read about that are conecting to the internet and steeling my info :eek:
     
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    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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    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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    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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    Although I haven't used it yet, I have heard good things about this app from many people.
     
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    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.
     
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    I just allow downloads from the market only and assume they’re watching out for me -- sounds silly but it works.
     
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    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 ************* 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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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gmail.exathink.appshield&feature=search_result
    Not all.
    There are a few, actually.
     
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    Over there <points>
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    You are comparing windows (an old iteration at that) to Linux. Apples to oranges.:D
     
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    Not only that, even if did want it, there
     
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    Please give reasons that you can confirm as to why your choice is the best.
     
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    ok now this is what im looking for--INFORMATION--
    You get 10 out of 10 for your responce, as to MY first post.
     
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    lol the only thing i know about Linux is..........i recently found out my phone is Linux lol
     
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