UPDATE: We have an updated Best Android antivirus app list, click here to see.
With startling headlines like “Number of malicious Android apps grows by 2200% year over year” and “86% of all malware delivered via repackaging of legitimate apps” it is worth looking at what measures you can take to protect yourself from malware. Besides common sense items like not downloading apps from an untrusted app store or not installing apps which ask for odd permissions (like a game wanting SMS permissions), there is the option of installing an anti-virus app for your device. There are quite a few big [...]
A month ago, we were unpleasantly surprised to learn that a report from Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center showed a 3,325 percent increase in Android malware over 2011. According to the report, Android malware samples increased from 11,138 in 2010 to 28,472 in 2011. And if that wasn’t enough bad news for you, a recent report from digital security firm F-Secure shows how Android malware is now dominating the mobile malware scene, as it overtook both Symbian malware and Pocket PC malware.
As malware popped out, we’ve seen the Android Market being populated with more and more anti-malware apps, up to the point where “uneducated” Android [...]
The threat of having a virus on your phone may sound alarming to many consumers considering the irreversible damage it may cause to your device, but according to Google’s Open Source Programs Manager, Chris DiBona, that sort of fear may actually be an unfounded one spread around by “scammers” and “charlatans.”
In a recent post on his Google+ page, DiBona lashed out at detractors of opensource software, antivirus developers, and security analysts:
Sometimes I read an article about open source that drives me nuts. A recent one stated, without irony, that ‘critics have been pounding the table for years about open source being inherently [...]
Lookout Mobile Security started out as an Android app and would later make its way into the iOS system as well. Lookout acts as an antivirus, like the one you might have on your computer, to help you block malware, spyware, and Trojans, and it can locate your phone (now your tablet as well) when it’s missing by activating a loud alarm even if it’s on silent. After creating an iOS app, Lookout still wasn’t satisfied and aimed to bring their ultimate security to tablets.
Despite the fact that there are more iPads than Android tablets, Lookout has returned to its native operating system (Android) to develop an app that keeps your tablet as safe as your phone (if you [...]
There are a total of more than 150,000 Android apps out on the market now. The overwhelmingly huge amount of application choices can be mind-boggling to a new Android phone user. Here is an attempt to make the decision a little easier. Presented below are some apps that by their features and popularity can be labeled as ‘must-haves’. They cover most of the common uses and aspects of an Android phone from basic operation to entertainment and security.Customization Apps 1. Free Advanced Task Manager
As the name says, this program enables you to accomplish the basic routines quickly without eating up your phone’s resources. These tasks include viewing system information, [...]
Malware and viruses run rampant in the modern digital age, so you’ll probably need a bit of protection. That’s why you use an antivirus. One of the latest antivirus software to hit the stands is Vipre Antivirus. First hitting the Windows platform, the guys behind it are bringing it to Android. Android may be a young OS, but it’s already plagued with malware – which is why it’s the perfect time for Vipre Mobile to set up shop.
So what does Vipre mobile have to offer? Other than your basic security features for software, there are also some interesting bits that are aimed at phone and text messaging – also for parental controls, if you happen [...]
Symantec rolls out Norton Mobile Security and delivers on its promise to provide security software specific to the Android platform. This new security app requires Android 2.x and later and at least 1.8 MB of storage. Despite being still freely available in beta, this new security app already presents practical features one would expect of a leading maker of security solutions.
There is the given virus and malware active protection with the extended option to automatically scan SD memory cards. To safeguard privacy and personal information, the app has anti-phishing for when users go online, and call and text blocking for more typical usage. Threats to mobile security [...]
It was back in March when the “DroidDream” epidemic started to infect the Android Market, causing privacy leakage, among other things. The malware was implanted in repackaged, authentic apps, and uploaded to the market by certain developers. During that time, Google removed over 50 infected apps from the market and deleted the infected apps saved in many devices remotely to inhibit further growth of the malware.
Even though Google has actively implemented measures to eradicate “DroidDream” malware, it still persists in the market and infected several apps last week. Once more, Google intervened to remove these infected apps, and was successful in this regard. [...]