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Offline chochichek

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Nexus 7 and anti virus
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:06:28 PM »
Hi,  do you guys recommend installing an anti virus app on the N7 and if so,  which one..?
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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 01:36:35 PM »
No and you should avoid them. Its unnecessary and you just need to watch what apps you download. Don't download an app if it doesn't have many downloads and read the app permissions. If it sounds suspicious it probably is.

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 01:45:48 PM »
Hi fxsarge,  thanks a lot.  That is exactly what I thought.  What made me ask is that theres a lot of talk about  anti virus apps for Android and I thought I was missing something.

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Re: Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2012, 02:09:48 PM »
Hi fxsarge,  thanks a lot.  That is exactly what I thought.  What made me ask is that theres a lot of talk about  anti virus apps for Android and I thought I was missing something.

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Not missing a thing. Its a topic that has been on the rise although there hasn't really been any issues with viruses.

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2012, 03:23:17 PM »
Hi Cho.
It seems that a virus is a pretty rare occurrence while playing in Androids sandbox. I have tried a few of the apps out there and I really never found any real use for any of them. I do however like the idea of a security app that in case of theft can take a picture of the culprit and give you a GPS fix as well. Those options are sometimes bundled in some of your "higher end" anti virus apps.

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2012, 07:09:17 PM »
Call me old-fashioned, but IMHO, there are only two kinds of users - those who've had their devices infected with malware, and those who will have their devices infected with malware.
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Re: Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 11:00:11 PM »
quoted by Birdman
Call me old-fashioned, but IMHO, there are only two kinds of users - those who've had their devices infected with malware, and those who will have their devices infected with malware.
so you and redtube have a good relationship?:)
Seriously. Can you get a virus on this tablet?

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2012, 11:13:55 PM »
Lol ^

But I have not personally seen one but you cannot get one from just browsing the web. You will actually have to download something. So keep that in mind.

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2012, 11:18:30 PM »
Uhoh.:o

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2012, 04:32:29 AM »
Personally I don't use an Anti-Virus app on my devices, personally I don't think they work on Android as they do on a PC.
There are three main types of malware floating around at the moment, the annoying but not so dangerous ad push malware and the premium rate phone number apps which as Wi-Fi only tablet owners don't have to worry about.
There are also malware apps that can root your device but as mentioned above, you'd have to install that in the first place. There's been a recent case of Android tablet/phones that are infected whilst browsing the internet, coming across a page that claims the content cannot be viewed without the installation of an application, whether download authorization is required or not the user would have to confirm installation of this downloaded app...
Another recent attack has been due to the lack of a Flash on Android 4.1 or above, a Google search will reap many hits while looking for a Flash apk but some of those could be malware and most of those are supposedly Russian in origin but nonetheless, the lack of Flash support on 4.1 devices has left an opening for unscrupulous people.

A user on here recently posted how he/she was using one of the big name Anti-Virus apps and installed a battery optimizer application, this supposed optimization application was in fact an ad push application, therefore ads were pushed to the notification screen...
A friend had the same thing, some of those ads were most certainly not child friendly...

If a big name Anti-Virus application cannot detect an ad push application, what else can it not detect?

My personal opinion is as fxsarge stated, be mindful of what you are installing. Unknown sources is there for a reason, it's a security feature to protect you installing dubious apps from outside Google Play. Yes malware apps are found on Google Play but rarely and Google does act pretty quickly when they do appear.
Bottom line is, be aware of an apps permissions, if you don't think an application needs the permissions it is asking for then don't install it.


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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2012, 05:07:10 AM »
Thanks JayJ. Very informative post.

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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2012, 01:33:16 PM »
Im glad I asked this question. Thanks to all.


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Re: Nexus 7 and anti virus
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2012, 01:56:49 PM »
Your both welcome... ;)

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