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    do i need antivirus??

    Sorry if this has been brought up b4... i searched and didnt find anything..do we need any antivirus with these android tablets? I have heard that they r not needed... Am i correct? If not what do people recommend?
    Thanks in advance..

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    You will get many varying reports on this. It is not really necessary as the root file system is locked down to outside influence. If you stick to trusted app sites, you shodnt ever have a problem. Android is based on Linux and very very similar (even uses a Linux kernel) and very few linux users use any antivirus.
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    Thanks for the quick response...that is exactly what i hve heard... and i only download from app market anyway..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bfmetcalf View Post
    You will get many varying reports on this. It is not really necessary as the root file system is locked down to outside influence. If you stick to trusted app sites, you shodnt ever have a problem. Android is based on Linux and very very similar (even uses a Linux kernel) and very few linux users use any antivirus.
    > If you stick to trusted app sites, you shodnt ever have a problem.

    Thank you, please say more. As a newbie, best I know is that Google's market.android Apps are not certified to be safe... Does your comment imply that that a malicious App could alter the root file system? If that were to occur, would it be possible to recover by simply restoring original settings? (... However one could do that...)

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    All, the forum has a FAQ covering this very subject. The link is in my signature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackc3 View Post
    Sorry if this has been brought up b4... i searched and didnt find anything..do we need any antivirus with these android tablets? I have heard that they r not needed... Am i correct? If not what do people recommend?
    Thanks in advance..
    only one you'd need is lookout.. it scans every app that's installed.. including apps from amazon market or your fav developers website

    and it can backup your files/apps via the cloud AND it can remotewipe/locate your prime if stolen

    there is a free version available as well in the android market
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    I am with the side you do not need even Lookout.

    Two things are important with Android battery life and memory.
    You run Lookout in the background you use both.

    Is it hard to avoid suspect Apps in the Market..?

    I do not think so,
    If you run Apps called Dirty Asian Pinups ..... Red Flag should go up .... maybe not legit, there maybe trouble.
    If you go to install an App and do not look at the permissions, there maybe trouble.

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    I think we are at the beginning of, nay, we are already in it, of the need for some kind of protection against malware for our Asus Transformars, tf300t, plus even all android tablets. I find "lookout" is prety good. I got the paying one. It works for my tablet and android smartphone, both gadjets included in the price. Re-newable each year. I think I paid about $26 for a years subscription, but I could have the price not exactly right, but I am close, it is not terribly expensive. Get it for one gadjet, you get it for the other included. So, I think price is do-able, once a year payment. Works very well in deed. My only downside, it does slow things up a bit, but not too much. It is doable, and works. enabugs. All in all, works well, and worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enabugs View Post
    I think we are at the beginning of, nay, we are already in it, of the need for some kind of protection against malware for our Asus Transformars, tf300t, plus even all android tablets. I find "lookout" is prety good. I got the paying one. It works for my tablet and android smartphone, both gadjets included in the price. Re-newable each year. I think I paid about $26 for a years subscription, but I could have the price not exactly right, but I am close, it is not terribly expensive. Get it for one gadjet, you get it for the other included. So, I think price is do-able, once a year payment. Works very well in deed. My only downside, it does slow things up a bit, but not too much. It is doable, and works. enabugs. All in all, works well, and worth it.
    While I have never used any malware protection software on my devices specifically since all Apps install are directly from the play store and controlled by Google, I do see a pot t in having something for Web traffic scanning.

    I only have one concern regarding how android works as a whole. Does the operating system give enough power over to Apps like Avast to do anything. Whereas Windows software can do a lot more with system files and resources, Android is pretty locked down so I doubt that these Apps have can do much other than scanning the app names you have (and checking with a database) and looking at files stored in the user partition like the downloads folder.
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    If you all take the time to read the Malware guide thread linked below, you'll see that there is plenty of point in having protection such as CM Security.

    1) New OS exploits are belong discovered all the time which need protection against because of the fragmentation of Android (who except Nexus owners has Lollipop?)

    2) Drive by (web based) malware for Android is now a reality

    3) Adware type malware (privacy issues) is a rampant issue on Android

    Sorry to say it, but those statements are not opinion, they are facts...

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