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14th October 2011, 06:43 PM #1
Anti-Virus for Phones - Worth It?
What are people's thoughts on anti-virus on mobiles? Worth getting or not??
14th October 2011, 06:48 PM #2
If you can get it bundled in with your home AV or work AV then why not, otherwise I have yet to see anything that requires me to use an AV on my phone
14th October 2011, 06:55 PM #3
At the moment there isn't that much of a problem, but then there wasn't much of a problem with PCs 10 years ago.
Things are changing rapidly and I think phone AV will become essential in the next couple of years
14th October 2011, 07:05 PM #4
I have Lookout on my HTC Desire. Not essential just yet but trust me a delving into some of the darker areas of the net turns up what we shall be facing in the not too distant future as more and more of us use our phones to make epayments. There's some pretty scary stuff being cooked up.
14th October 2011, 07:34 PM #5
Okay, so which product(s) would people recommend? I'm happy to pay for the right one, if need be.
14th October 2011, 07:37 PM #6
14th October 2011, 07:37 PM #7
So, you'd advocate me waiting until after my phone has been bricked/my details stolen by a virus before getting protection? :-)
Originally Posted by nephilim
14th October 2011, 07:37 PM #8
Oh come on now... you're on tech forum. What's your phone? We can't recommend without knowing the OS!
Originally Posted by enjay
14th October 2011, 07:39 PM #9
Is it any good, or do you get what you pay for, as it were?
Originally Posted by tech_guy
14th October 2011, 07:39 PM #10
Ha, fair point - HTC Sensation, running Android 2.3
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
14th October 2011, 08:35 PM #11
It seems to do what it claims to and it was highly rated on some of the droid forums:
14th October 2011, 09:15 PM #12
Thanks, I'll give Lookout a try. Don't think I'll bother with the premium one just yet, as I hardly ever browse unknown sites, but the malware scanning of the free one sounds like a good idea.
14th October 2011, 11:58 PM #13
Non-jailbroken iPhones and Windows Phones do not get viruses, so your question only really applies to Android smartphones.
Originally Posted by enjay
20th October 2011, 01:16 PM #14
Just seen this thread, so I'd like to throw in another vote for mylookout.
Had it on both my phones since the day I got them. Have never had any problems, but it's always worth remembering the old maxim....
Better to be safe than sorry!
20th October 2011, 01:21 PM #15
Incorrect. There's plenty of unpatched holes that would let a virus in.
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