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#1 cwbytez

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:03 AM

Hi :)

How can I keep my Android tablet or smartphone secure?
Thanks

My native language isn't English,so please point out to me out if I make any grammar mistake :P (i'm not really good at english)


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:06 AM

Hi cwbytez,

 

Keeping your Android device secure is pretty easy if you download apps strictly from Google Play and not other websites which will probably give you a nasty virus. You can install lightweight antivirus if you wish, if you want free go for Avast! or if you want to purchase then go for Norton or ESET. CleanMaster would be also great to have on your phone to keep it running faster .



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:14 AM

Hi cwbytez,
 
You can install lightweight antivirus if you wish, if you want free go for Avast! or if you want to purchase then go for Norton or ESET.CleanMaster would be also great to have on your phone to keep it running faster .


how about cm security? It is good?

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:22 AM

CM Security is also good as well if you wish. Great thing about it that you have app locker which will lock your desired app from preventing other people to open your apps.



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 05:58 AM

I would also highly recommend avoiding doing any financial transactions on your phone. There are many people who have lost their phone and the contents of their bank accounts at the same time.



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 10:52 PM

Malwarebytes is also a good product. You can download it on the play store. Also Bitdefender has a pin lock so you can lock apps like cm security

Also try to avoid torrenting sites or p2p apps for android, but if you have unknown sources unchecked that shouldn't be a problem.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 04:39 PM

To be honest, you do NOT need any kind of security software for your phone. It's just going to take up RAM and memory as well as drain your battery. A lot of the programs can be hard on your phone as well (depending on the kind of phone you have, the apps you have installed, how much memory it needs to secure, etc...).

 

You should download apps just from the Google Play store. Android is really good about security which means you don't have to worry at all about downloading apps or visiting websites that you might think will give you a virus or some kind of malware. Just be careful what you do with your phone, that's all I'm saying. If you're doing things that phone's a made for, not downloading or torrenting things you shouldn't be downloading or torrenting, then you'll be good.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 04:53 PM

I don't know where you got that idea Eddie but I can assure you you are mistaken. The internet is awash with malicious code that is targeting Android. Hackers target safe sites and embed malicious code for Android all the time. I regularly get warnings from my protection stopping me visiting safe sites that I was visiting previously without issue.

 

The only way the avoidance technique works is if you don't access the internet with your device and block multimedia messages.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 04:58 PM

I don't know where you got that idea Eddie but I can assure you you are mistaken. The internet is awash with malicious code that is targeting Android. Hackers target safe sites and embed malicious code for Android all the time. I regularly get warnings from my protection stopping me visiting safe sites that I was visiting previously without issue.

 

The only way the avoidance technique works is if you don't access the internet with your device and block multimedia messages.

 

Hey there TsVk!. Actually, if you're browsing the web with Google Chrome or some other very well known web browser for mobile, you're relatively on the safe side. I do programming for many different kinds of companies and when it comes to the Chrome department of Google, they do an extraordinary job as security the client's device as well as the client.

 

Now when it comes to multimedia messages and such, that depends.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:53 PM

I don't deny that Chrome is a great and secure project of Google.

 

But...

 

Unlike (most) desktop browsers mobile browsers are not updated constantly. This means there are vulnerabilities that are common knowledge amongst black hat developers that remain unpatched for many months (or commonly forever). The only protection most users have against these exploits is 3rd party security software.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:00 PM

I don't deny that Chrome is a great and secure project of Google.

 

But...

 

Unlike (most) desktop browsers mobile browsers are not updated constantly. This means there are vulnerabilities that are common knowledge amongst black hat developers that remain unpatched for many months (or commonly forever). The only protection most users have against these exploits is 3rd party security software.

 

 

Yes, you are totally right on that one!

 

Unless you're really looking at some naughty/bad things, you won't have a problem (unless you're really paranoid about it).

 

I also want to add in that I've been an Android user since the iPhone 3G and I must say that I've never came across any kind of virus, malware, trojan, or any kind of malicious activity or exploits, ever. Not saying I won't but I'm saying it's just something user's prefer. :)

 

Not to mension, I'm constantly on my phone downloading apps outside of the Google Play store as well as heavily browsing the web.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:33 PM

Malware writers do not target just porn/warez sites, legitimate sites are a far better host for their wares because people trust them.

 

For some time last year the mobile Telstra News site had repeated embedded malicious code/links. As soon as it was removed nefarious programmers were replacing it. These incidents alone potentially exposed more than 15 million people in Australia to Android malware. These people were (potentially) reading their mobile carrier embedded news on their devices, sounds safe enough... right?. Those who were not talking about this, patched or having these items blocked may well have been infected unknowingly. They may still be infected today. Well designed Android malware does not break your device. It waits for financial details, documentation, passwords and more. It steals bandwidth and subverts your traffic quietly. It just may be that your device is not actually as secure as you think it is

 

There are hundreds of thousands of unique Android malware packages out there, and then all of the variants. Literally millions of different malware packages. It is an amazing feat of luck that one would not come across a single one in years of Android use. But more likely that it has just gone undetected.


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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:41 PM

Malware writers do not target just porn/warez sites, legitimate sites are a far better host for their wares because people trust them.
 
For some time last year the mobile Telstra News site had repeated embedded malicious code/links. As soon as it was removed nefarious programmers were replacing it. These incidents alone potentially exposed more than 15 million people in Australia to Android malware. These people were (potentially) reading their mobile carrier embedded news on their devices, sounds safe enough... right?. Those who were not talking about this, patched or having these items blocked may well have been infected unknowingly. They may still be infected today. Well designed Android malware does not break your device. It waits for financial details, documentation, passwords and more. It steals bandwidth and subverts your traffic quietly. It just may be that your device is not actually as secure as you think it is
 
There are hundreds of thousands of unique Android malware packages out there, and then all of the variants. Literally millions of different malware packages. It is an amazing feat of luck that one would not come across a single one in years of Android use. But more likely that it has just gone undetected.


That's true but that can be said by almost anything nowadays. Even the GPS in my car that can connect to the internet.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 06:57 PM

So my point is that I disagree with this.

 

To be honest, you do NOT need any kind of security software for your phone. It's just going to take up RAM and memory as well as drain your battery. A lot of the programs can be hard on your phone as well (depending on the kind of phone you have, the apps you have installed, how much memory it needs to secure, etc...).

 

You have a good point about some security applications overdoing it here though. Some research should be done on the processing footprint of security applications before loading them on your handset. There may be some sort of compromise required to get the best protection, but others are unnecessarily resource greedy and system intensive.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 07:14 PM

So my point is that I disagree with this.

 

To be honest, you do NOT need any kind of security software for your phone. It's just going to take up RAM and memory as well as drain your battery. A lot of the programs can be hard on your phone as well (depending on the kind of phone you have, the apps you have installed, how much memory it needs to secure, etc...).

 

You have a good point about some security applications overdoing it here though. Some research should be done on the processing footprint of security applications before loading them on your handset. There may be some sort of compromise required to get the best protection, but others are unnecessarily resource greedy and system intensive.

 

You can disagree with it all you want but I'm trying to say that I haven't been using any protection for my phone and it's been going phone. It's been around 7 years.






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