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    Anti-Virus for Phones - Worth It?

    What are people's thoughts on anti-virus on mobiles? Worth getting or not??

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    Okay, so which product(s) would people recommend? I'm happy to pay for the right one, if need be.

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    Lookout is free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    otherwise I have yet to see anything that requires me to use an AV on my phone
    So, you'd advocate me waiting until after my phone has been bricked/my details stolen by a virus before getting protection? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Okay, so which product(s) would people recommend? I'm happy to pay for the right one, if need be.
    Oh come on now... you're on tech forum. What's your phone? We can't recommend without knowing the OS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Lookout is free.
    Is it any good, or do you get what you pay for, as it were?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Oh come on now... you're on tech forum. What's your phone? We can't recommend without knowing the OS!
    Ha, fair point - HTC Sensation, running Android 2.3

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    It seems to do what it claims to and it was highly rated on some of the droid forums:

    https://www.mylookout.com/

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    What are people's thoughts on anti-virus on mobiles? Worth getting or not?
    Non-jailbroken iPhones and Windows Phones do not get viruses, so your question only really applies to Android smartphones.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Non-jailbroken iPhones and Windows Phones do not get viruses, so your question only really applies to Android smartphones.
    Incorrect. There's plenty of unpatched holes that would let a virus in.

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