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    Quote Originally Posted by janner43 View Post
    Thanks for that Leaston. IMO there is no need to spend money on a paid solution for android at this time.
    Having now read the report, it looks to me as if Avast! and Lookout came out as the best free solutions at this time.
    I agree with you, free doesn't mean inferior. I'm running the Avast solution on the Tf101 and it's extremely good. I chose that mainly because I run Avast Antivirus on my desktop PC and have been happy with it so far. Lookout is great too and I have this installed on my mobile as it seems more suited to the phones.
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    Thanks to the OP and all contributors to this thread.... I have found it extremely informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribsue View Post
    Thanks to the OP and all contributors to this thread.... I have found it extremely informative.
    I appreciate that. Thank you.

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    I think this question fits in this topic, and I think it's something that other noobs like me want to know. When I just installed Avast thanks to this thread (after reading that it found more viruses than what I was using, AVG), I started checking the various features Avast offers. This includes privacy information threats/possible threats from various apps. I have seen this referenced a lot on Amazon reviews of apps as well. I have searched and searched but cannot find any information about the various "permissions" that apps use and why they are okay or not. Which permissions are okay? Which should raise red flags? How can I know whether or not a given permission is okay for an app before I download it? Is there somewhere I can go to read and learn about all this? I can't be the only noob needing to learn about this, and I promise, I DID search before asking here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraps View Post
    I think this question fits in this topic, and I think it's something that other noobs like me want to know. When I just installed Avast thanks to this thread (after reading that it found more viruses than what I was using, AVG), I started checking the various features Avast offers. This includes privacy information threats/possible threats from various apps. I have seen this referenced a lot on Amazon reviews of apps as well. I have searched and searched but cannot find any information about the various "permissions" that apps use and why they are okay or not. Which permissions are okay? Which should raise red flags? How can I know whether or not a given permission is okay for an app before I download it? Is there somewhere I can go to read and learn about all this? I can't be the only noob needing to learn about this, and I promise, I DID search before asking here.
    Hi Lisa (scraps)

    This information is available from a link in the OP (the FAQ)

    4. The best defence against malware is user knowledge & understanding. I recommend you read Android permissions explained, security tips, and avoiding malware - Android Forums
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    Okay I am highly embarrassed that I missed that, because I swear I spent hours reading everything yesterday. lol Thanks for clarifying and reposting that, it did have most of what I was looking for. Can anyone tell me, how do the phone permissions apply to a tablet? I assume that if the only cautionary permission is something with the phone, I don't have to worry about it since it's not a phone, right? Similarly, are there any app permissions that are MORE dangerous for a tablet than a phone?? TIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraps View Post
    Okay I am highly embarrassed that I missed that, because I swear I spent hours reading everything yesterday. lol Thanks for clarifying and reposting that, it did have most of what I was looking for. Can anyone tell me, how do the phone permissions apply to a tablet? I assume that if the only cautionary permission is something with the phone, I don't have to worry about it since it's not a phone, right? Similarly, are there any app permissions that are MORE dangerous for a tablet than a phone?? TIA.

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    Off my head, I can't think of any permission that would be more dangerous on tablet than phone. However, other than SMS related ones, permissions have the same impact on tablet as on phone.

    read the permissions list for printershare mobile and be afraid, be very afraid. I recently went through the permissions list of every apps on my tab and printershare was one of the apps that got the boot. Hope it wasn't too late.
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    Hey, don't blush too much - we've all been there

    Actually when it comes to permissions it is more likely to be the case that a phone is more at risk than a tablet. Some permissions allow phone calls or texts to be sent, for example. It would be hard to do that on a tablet. As far as other permissions go, then use "common sense". Why would a camera app need access to your contacts? To be able to send a photo via email directly from the app. But why would an e-reader need them?

    Why would a game need access to your camera? You get the idea. Very often you can tell if an app needs the permission because of its features, but if you are unhappy, just look for a different app. There are times when I don't accept an app update, because they have changed the permissions & I am unhappy about that change. If it is an important app to me, then I will contact the developer.

    Just apply due diligence, without becoming paranoid
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    One thing for you to also consider Lisa, is the impact that rooting has on the security of your device. In rooting it, you have exploited a vulnerability in the firmware that is also now available to be used by malware.

    The other thing to consider - if you are as concerned about this as you clearly are - is the wisdom of using a custom rom. You might find this thread interesting. (I started it prior to becoming a moderator here)
    http://www.transformerforums.com/for...stom-roms.html

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    Significant malware event

    While not significant in the number of people affected, or in its difficulty to prevent ( To give yourself 100% protection against this type of malware, ensure that in "settings, security" the check box next to "unknown sources" is NOT ticked. ), the emergence of "drive by" malware for android is a sad day. It is significant in its newness & that this has not been an area of concern for the android OS until now.

    You can read more here...
    The Official Lookout Blog | UPDATE: Security Alert: Hacked Websites Serve Suspicious Android Apps (NotCompatible)

    The Official Lookout Blog | Update: Oh no, my phone bought tickets to the One Direction concert

    Android Malware Used to Mask Online Fraud, Says Expert | PCWorld Business Center

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