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    What's the best anti-malware app?

    I was just reading this: "Android malware explodes, jumps five-fold since July".

    Hmmm. The link I posted didn't take. This the second try:
    http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic..._pm_2011-11-18

    A bit alarming!

    So what, if anything, are you guys using for protection? (Please don't say condoms).

    Thanks

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    The best one is.... you, yes yourself.

    Check the permissions of each app you install. Don't use ad-funded free app because they need extra permissions (to run the ads) and you have no way to verify the usage of those extra permissions. If a pdf reader needed network access or contacts data they your malware radar should go off! An (free) ad-ware pdf reader will need network access to run the ads, but there's no way for you to verify what exactly the app does with network access unless you run a sniffer all the time.

    There was a keyboard app, highly recommended by this very forum, that needed network access. The damn thing would send your bank password in plain text over the internet to its server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MelMartin View Post
    I was just reading this: "Android malware explodes, jumps five-fold since July".

    Hmmm. The link I posted didn't take. This the second try:
    Android malware explodes, jumps five-fold since July - Computerworld

    A bit alarming!

    So what, if anything, are you guys using for protection? (Please don't say condoms).

    Thanks
    If it jumped from 1 to 5 that's a five fold increase. I'm not alarmed at all. However, you really should practice the same good practices you would on a desktop. Try not to input any information on a site if it isn't secure, as denoted by the https:// in the front of the location you went to. The S is important.

    Also you can install something like Lookout. https://market.android.com/details?i...5sb29rb3V0Il0. For some extra protection.

    Don't install/take apps from sources you don't trust. Just be cautious and vigilant and you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogolisk View Post
    There was a keyboard app, highly recommended by this very forum, that needed network access. The damn thing would send your bank password in plain text over the internet to its server.
    Do you know the name of the keyboard app? I want to be sure I don't have it. I'm currently using swype but have installed others.

    Thanks

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    The app that was reputed to be transmitting info in plain type was A.I. Type. Which as it happens, I use and am not concerned about.

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    I settled on AI Type as well and its great. Was somewhat concerned about the permissions it required but so did the other apps I evaluated.

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    Normally those permissions make sense if you examine them one by one. You just need to deal with it, as they aren't typically as ominous as they sound.

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    I recommend you read through the following thread:
    http://www.transformerforums.com/for...antivirus.html
    Even if it is just for my most excellent contribution within it!


    Also, for the best article I have EVER read on this subject, look at:
    How to be safe, find trusted apps, & avoid viruses - A guide for those new to Android - Android Forums
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    I use Webroot Anti-Spyware: Protect Your PC: AntiVirus, Firewall, & Spyware Protection | Webroot
    Is a very good free app for Android (as well as for PC's, IOS etc) and does not disturb the functioning of your device! Sits in the background and protects your device very well! Includes anti-virus, anti-spyware and even makes you able to track your device in case it might be lost or stolen!

    I have very good experiences with this Webroot as well as the Lookout program!

    Grtz!

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    Thanks J43.. useful article.
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