Phone - is yours virus protected?

#1
Personally mine isn't but having added a banking app it's suggested I should which got me wondering about how worthwhile these mobile virus apps are?

I never open emails from people I don't know on my phone (Or lappy for that matter).

I only visit trusted sites on my browser, if I'm not sure it can wait till I'm on my laptop.

Most of the apps on my phone are from top developers and I do always check permissions and comments before installing so I'm not overly concerned about malware.

I'm far from convinced if my phone is stolen any apps are going to get it back for me and if it does the whole PS3 stolen data saga last year means I have a process of informing banks/changing passwords to email accounts etc to protect my data and bank details in hard copy as a matter of course.

So are virus apps a must have?

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#7
I've AVG anti virus app on mine (Android) scans all apps and you can get it to scan your phone as well. Didn't cost anything either.
It's not that I think they are a bad thing (Especially if free), I'm just not convinced they are required.

Does anyone know anyone that has had data stolen from a phone for malicious intent? I don't so is it just scaremongering?

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#8
Phone viruses are mainly a problme for the android platform or for JB iphones. Apple, for all the hate, are actually quite good at making sure that the apps etc you download dont include any viruses. not sure how that would translate to an emailed virus however.
 
#9
Phone viruses are mainly a problme for the android platform or for JB iphones. Apple, for all the hate, are actually quite good at making sure that the apps etc you download dont include any viruses. not sure how that would translate to an emailed virus however.
Do you use some form of virus protection?

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#11
I've got AVG on mine (HTC One X), to be honest I'm not sure how much risk there is at present, but as I log into my email accounts as well as Amazon and other shopping sites through the phone, theres no harm in having it in case there is some virus that relays your passwords and details back to someone, probably in Nigeria.
 
#13
Phone viruses are mainly a problme for the android platform or for JB iphones. Apple, for all the hate, are actually quite good at making sure that the apps etc you download dont include any viruses. not sure how that would translate to an emailed virus however.
Timely reminder, might be good at keeping apps clean. Not so good at not giving info to the FBI.....

http://m.lifehacker.com/5940197/1-million-apple-device-ids-leaked-12-million-total-stolen



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#16
Glad I've got an android phone! Besides, the FBI seem to have that many phone codes, they'd never be able to work out where everyone was going / doing.
I agree and with the leaked info apparently there is not a lot that can be done with it. I wasn't very clear with the title but these virus apps often proclaim a full security package including the GPS location of a stolen phone, formatting phone info, etc. Well I could over come this with a bit of mark I tin foil. The iPhone for example also has (Or had) a weakness that meant anyone could gain access to it via their iTunes even if it was password protected.

Add to this possible 3rd party loss of data similar to this FBI one I really wonder if these apps offer anything of use. If anything they appear to lull people in to a false sense of security that their phone will be virus/malware free and if someone steals it they will be able to locate it and retrieve it.

A mate of mine was IT geek for Xerox years ago when a computer virus hit loads of companies in the UK. His site was the only one (Amongst Xerox) that didn't go down which wasn't due to anything he had done to protect the servers but merely he had trained the staff to not open attachments until they had been checked by IT. Obviously this practice would be impossible now as computers are much more prevalent but it always stuck with me that users are the problem not the computers/devices.

So essentially I'm back to my original question, are these apps worth installing? Whats the pros and cons?
 

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