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Mobile anti virus

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by rfrf, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. rfrf

    rfrf

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    I am aware of the need for anti virus on a PC. Is there such a need for anti virus on a smart phone ?

    Thanks in Advance,

    RF
     
  2. Danariel

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    Not sure of a "need" per se, but I have a Droid Incredible, and I'm running Lookout on it. Mainly for the backup and location abilities (though I've got Tasker for the location now...so do I really need it?)

    I have read about the first Android virus:
    http://pocketnow.com/android/first-android-virus

    I'm keeping Lookout.
     

  3. ZTucker

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    I've often worried about the iPhone 4 being able to catch viruses now that it can multithread. I know it's apps run in their own sandbox, but it still makes me worry. Anyone heard anything about the security on the iPhone 4?
     
  4. rfrf

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    Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out.
    rf
     
  5. cgwahl

    cgwahl Sheriffs a near

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    This is just my opinion, so take of it what you will...there are viruses out there for phones, but there are not enough or they are not a big enough of a threat to worry about it.

    If you can find a free antivirus for your particular phone OS, maybe it is worth putting it on your phone. Although even free I wouldn't even bother. But paying for one I believe to be a big waste of money.

    Having said that, things could change in a few years as smart phones get more popular not to mention the market of who is more popular changes and a clear winner emerges to make it worth writing a virus other than to see if you can. Just to give an example, I think I recall Android only being about 20 or 30% of the market. iPhone is probably around that number, not to mention the other phones (Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, etc.).



    Again, take my opinion with a grain of salt...if you're super paranoid about it, then go for it, it's your money. But I wouldn't bother.
     
  6. I would assume anything that is capable of surfing the web, is also capable of becoming infected.