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    AV vendor calls warez malware

    Top 5 Android malware troublemakers ID'd - Technolog on msnbc.com



    So you have it, the overwhelming majority of all Android malwares (according to Sophos) are... warez.

    users must absolutely be protected against warez! I guess warez can eats your lunch, steal your car and seduce your SO.
    Last edited by bogolisk; 06-15-2012 at 04:59 AM. Reason: typo
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    This warning only applies to the Yahoo Mail APP. It does NOT apply to using the webmail interface

    Yahoo! Mail for Android does not encrypt its communications by default – it performs all its functions over HTTP, not HTTPS. This means that any traffic that is sent by the Yahoo! Mail Android app can easily be intercepted over an open network connection such as a public WiFi network. This exposes Yahoo! Mail for Android to session hijacking.

    1. An attacker could sniff for Yahoo! Mail specific traffic on open WiFi networks

    2. Unsuspecting Android users that join the WiFi network check their email using default application settings

    3. The attacker intercepts a particular cookie and can use it to impersonate that user, over whatever networks are available to them, including by tethering to a mobile network

    - This allows the attacker to send spam emails that appear 100% legitimate.

    It is recommended that users of Yahoo! Mail for Android enable SSL within the application’s settings to protect themselves from this type of attack. From within Yahoo! Mail, simply open

    Options > General Settings and select ‘Enable SSL’.


    You have been warned

    Source: The Official Lookout Blog | UPDATE: Our Thoughts on the Android Spam “Botnet”

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    Hi there, Ive just received my device, should i use an antivirus or is it not too important, and will AVG Free be enough, as thats what i use on my desktop without a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wozza365 View Post
    Hi there, Ive just received my device, should i use an antivirus or is it not too important, and will AVG Free be enough, as thats what i use on my desktop without a problem
    Please see the OP for why you should use a security app.
    See post #9 for advice on which app to use

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    I can't tell but does the free version of Lookout also scan your files? I know AVG has a 'content' scanner but as far as the app scanner goes I feel better with Lookout, I don't trust AVG much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phazer11 View Post
    I can't tell but does the free version of Lookout also scan your files? I know AVG has a 'content' scanner but as far as the app scanner goes I feel better with Lookout, I don't trust AVG much.
    Yes it does - you turn it on in the Apps's settings.
    Although, to be honest, AFAIK the only way to get any form of "infection" is to actually run an infected or malicious app (.apk)

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    Researchers find 1,000 insecure Android apps; SSL Vulnerabilities Expose Data

    According to a new study by German researchers from Leibniz University in Hannover and Philipps University of Marburg, a large swath of Android apps apparently do not implement their SSL correctly. The researchers sampled 13,000 apps and found that 1,000 of them exposed users' personal details.

    To read more about this latest security issue on Android, read here...

    Researchers find 1,000 insecure Android apps; SSL Vulnerabilities Expose Data

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    Android apps get SSL wrong, expose personal data ? The Register

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    Searches for Windows Android USB Drivers Lead to Malware

    Forum Mod Squad Leader Leeshor, found this security warning...

    Searching for Android USB drivers for Windows could be dangerous

    Which quoted this source warning about being very careful when trying to obtain Android drivers for your Windows system...
    Searches for Windows Android USB Drivers Lead to Malware

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    Quick question. If I install a malware scanner and run an initial scan with it and the results come back clean does that mean that I can disable/uninstall that malware scanner and just run it again two weeks later.


    I have this question because I have quite a few apk files installed on my tab which would have a high likelihood of being malware but all have come back clean from a scan. I does that mean they are safe or will malware be detected later on by leaving the scanner enabled?
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    Hi GT,

    Most security apps scan the apk after it has been installed/during installation. However, I do know that Lookout will also scan an individual apk selected in an File Manager app, prior to installation when you have allowed the installation of apps from non Play Store locations. (Like Amazon)

    So AFAIK, if you run a scan of installed apps & it comes back clean then you are presumably OK, I'd say. But that doesn't mean that the uninstalled apk's are clean (if that is what you are asking). They would need individual scanning.

    To be honest with you, there is no need - with the range of apps on the Play Store and the Amazon AppStore - to have to take any risk with the sourcing of apps. Those are the only two places I get apps from - I like to be very safe about these things.

    One final point - many free apps rely heavily on advertising & some of them use very "aggressive" forms of advertising - to see those, you need an additional app that identifies that sort of thing. See post #6 for more on that.

    As an afterthought, malware is not simply a matter of typical "PC style virus type infections" - there is also the matter of the permissions that each app has. Pay as much attention to that as anything else, as it is just as important.
    Last edited by janner43; 03-30-2013 at 11:04 AM. Reason: Added an afterthought

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