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  • Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

    Just curious.

    I'm sure it will drain the battery faster, so does anyone think it's necessary?

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    Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

    I just wipe mine off with windex every now and then...

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    • #3
      Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

      Yeah I do that too.

      I'm worried about what's inside it though.

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      • #4
        Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

        I use the old Razr phone yet, so I don't worry.

        However, I think virus protection for iphones and similar is overblown.

        These phones run the likes of Android OS and similar, all based on Linux and don't have the virus problem Microsoft has. But first, let me state my two definitions of viruses and malware to make things simple:

        1) The type you deliberately download -- any OS is subject to these as you gave it permission. These are really trojans or trojan-like.
        2) The type you don't directly allow ("drive-by"). It somehow just happens and you don't know how it happened. To my knowledge, only Microsoft gets these.

        The problem is that Big Microsoft gets #2's so when there's #1 type "viruses" for the other OS's they go "Aha! Mac's get them too, now!" (Or Androids or whatever). So then the AV writers spread FUD capitalising off the sickly virus-plagued MS systems to effectively say, MS gets viruses, so as more and more people use other operating systems, they will too! But this is not totally true.

        Bottom line --- know where you get your software from so that you are not a victim to #1 type malware. But as for #2, I would not worry, although I can't answer for the MS phones, but every other one, no.

        Now the reason why a Linux-like OS don't get as many viruses is not because less people use it, for to say that assumes it uses the same sloppy programming architecture as MS. One main reason (but not the only one) has to do with permissions. Unlike Microsoft (such as windows XP), Linux is a multiuser operating system, so the user does not have root permissions to go there (where all the critical operating system files are stored). The operating system was designed with several users in mind so that one user's work did not affect the other's work (or the root directory with the operating system) as if it's several computers in one. So, at best, a virus can only attack the the directory level at the user's permission, not the root. And this is how it is with these smart phones (unless you root it in which case it won't update on you anyway). Microsoft is only one user at a time, and defaults to administrative position. It's a very poor security philosophy overall.

        So, don't worry about the AV software for cell phones --- they are not Microsoft type OS's.

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        • #5
          Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

          Originally posted by Fenris View Post
          Just curious.

          I'm sure it will drain the battery faster, so does anyone think it's necessary?
          Smartphones users have seen an increase in malware cropping up however common sense like not downloading anything unless you can verify the source and not clicking on any email attachments from senders that you do not know and trust can pretty easily keep you safe.

          There are some reasonably good and reasonably priced security packages out there that I think are worth the price just for the added sense of security they give you. Even if you get one of these packages just remember that nothing trumps common sense.

          If you have banking information or other kinds of sensitive personal information on your phone then yes, I think a security package is well worth it. If you only use your phone to talk on, play games and send funny emails and videos to your friends then no, I wouldn't bother.
          "Some people's idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back that is an outrage."

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          • #6
            Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

            Originally posted by Fenris View Post
            Just curious.

            I'm sure it will drain the battery faster, so does anyone think it's necessary?
            Update: Since my last post both my wife and I bought iphones, so we had them for several months. No problems, no viruses. We just get any apps from the app store (there's a lot free, so it's not draining any bank account). She had an ipad mini for over a year now, and I had an android nook for 3 years. I also had Linux laptop/desktops for over 2 years and no problems, no viruses, not even as strange pop-up.

            I asked some techs at work if they knew of anyone who got malware on an Android (e.g. Samsung) or iphone, and if I had a week to get just one positive answer to live, I'd be making my will because I am hard pressed to find any such malware incident. It's non-existent. The only malware one tech knew of was his sister got it on her Microsoft phone twice, (from my understanding, the "drive-by" type I mentioned above) and ended up getting rid of it. So that's one phone to definitely watch out for.

            Yeah, you want a reliable smart phone. Like I always quipped, I'd hate to have my daughter broken down in a remote area like the White Mountains of NH and desparately dialed for help only to connect to an Asian porno site due to malware. Scary thought. But at least with iphones and Androids this will not be an issue.

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            • #7
              Re: Is anyone running antivirus software on their cell phone?

              Originally posted by Fenris View Post
              so does anyone think it's necessary?
              If you have a newer phone like the Samsung Galaxy, it's essential. The things are running Linux just like a regular PC would. (and the Nokia's - now owned my Micro$soft run Windoze - Although I hear they are also switching to Linux because it works and 'doze 8 can't work for more than a day or so without crashing)
              Time's up

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