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Android phones now face 70 types of malware, Kaspersky reports

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Android phones now face 70 types of malware, Kaspersky reports - read the full textOpen-source Android OS is potentially vulnerable to malicious apps, sounds like common sense. According to Kaspersky though, the mobile OS is currently invaded by no less than 70 types of malware apps and there will be a lot more very quickly. Google has banned from the Market and remotely...

 

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As someone that makes his living with smartphones I couldn't have put it any better then Stuntman... the sooner people realize that a smartphone is a pocket PC (not refering to the Microsoft disaster of a P/PC) and needs to be handeled as such the better... if you don't like it you can always go to Stevie theguythattellsyouwhattodoandyoudoitwillingly+yo­upayalotofmoneytodoit and buy one of them fancy iPhones - do you want an electric car that does everything for you or do you want a Mustang GT500? I prefer the Mustang... 's got soul, 's got heart and 's got muscle...

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  • 2011-04-28 02:09
  • nUv2

i had the nexus one and downloaded a game for my son to play. after an update, the game activated some information malware and sent my name and phone to some server. nex thing i know, i'm getting spam sms, and phone calls for various things. about 30 per day. no more android for me. moved to iOS and blackberry.

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  • 2011-04-28 01:40
  • qiNd

> In reply to [deleted post]Or Iphone users...

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  • 2011-04-28 01:09
  • Ix9j

I've never even heard of Kaspersky before this article. As a user of computers for decades, I'm used to taking the responsibility myself to ensure that my computer doesn't get any viruses. Smartphones are just like computers to me. Is he suggesting that all computers in general should have a centralised vetting process that ensures programs contain no viruses before they are allowed to be installed?

I agree that one benefit of the tightly controlled iOS platform is that it makes it more difficult for malware to get on iOS devices if you go through the app store only to get your apps. Android phones as I understand it allow you to install apps from multiple sources. The Amazon app store is one such source that is an alternative to the Android Market. In order for this checking process to work, all programs from all sources need to go through it. I don't know if this is something that is Google's responsibility. I don't feel that it is Microsoft's responsibility to ensure that my Windows PC has no viruses. If I had a Mac or Linux PC, I don't feel that it is the OS vendor's responsibility to ensure no viruses get on my PC either. Why should this be any different for phones?

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  • 2011-04-28 00:52
  • NGfv

Is there a free AntiVirus, that isn't a trial, available on Android Market, for my HTC Wildfire running version 2.2.1?

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  • 2011-04-28 00:40
  • pKIA

> In reply to Gary @ 2011-04-27 21:29 from fw7G - click to readN98?? seriously? is it a phonekong?

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  • 2011-04-28 00:31
  • xByF

Google Android is a buggy trojan crap, everyone knows it) no need to repeat it twice! however, what is more fun here is that Google remotely removes apps from user devices, the apps Google doesn't like are removed, no matter whether you like/need them or not ;)

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  • 2011-04-28 00:24
  • Lg8y

Ps. This is a massive publicity stunt for kaspersky, i bet there sales on android market has gone up since this statment, kaspersky on pc is rubbish so y would anyone buy kaspersky for there phones, when android is in major threats for viruses i hope bitdefender have made a mobile virus protection as they thats who i will be goin with straight away.

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  • 2011-04-27 23:25
  • n5Pn

p.s I do agree with how google needs to start checking apps b4 going into market. It was good they had it at the start to start getting numbers up, but not i think a quality standard should be put in places

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  • 2011-04-27 23:06
  • uKfX

You can also say earth faces up to 1 billion asteroids to be hit by.

Also this coming from kaspersky probably wants to advertise it's app as most people are you using alternatives such as lookout.

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  • 2011-04-27 23:02
  • uKfX

I'll change my Galaxy S for a iphone if this problem continues to grow. I will not spend my money on a mobile that stress my life.

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  • 2011-04-27 23:01
  • PYKV

> In reply to D79_ @ 2011-04-27 22:35 from n5Pn - click to readThat´s exactely it.Most of the times ppl don´t want to buy apps from the market so they get them in other sites without cheaking them for malware of viruses and then get screwed

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  • 2011-04-27 22:36
  • MA%X

All apps from android market should be safe and if not they will lose alot of customers, coz alot of ppl out there dnt no how to protect there pc let alone there phones. If anyone gets app from pirate sites then before u install on to ur phone, scan the app from ur pc virus protection as it will be much stronger than mobile virus protection.

Just like others said... symbian has always had malware issues, its not a new thing, just viruses on mobiles aint very affective just yet. Android rocks and the sales prove it.

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  • 2011-04-27 22:35
  • n5Pn

> In reply to Nagol @ 2011-04-27 21:50 from k7PV - click to readIf a phone needs recharging twice a day then there is a problem. I have used 2 and currently own 2 Droid devices. The one with the poorest battery life is the HTC Wildfire with 2 days. I use my phones for business. So they get used all the time

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  • 2011-04-27 22:00
  • fw7G
  • The Ex-Nokia Fanboy
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> In reply to Gary @ 2011-04-27 21:49 from fw7G - click to readA rooted Galaxy S Captivate with FF 3.0 custom ROM and Onix 2.0.5 Kernel.

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  • 2011-04-27 21:52
  • IDkH

> In reply to Gary @ 2011-04-27 21:29 from fw7G - click to readThe problem I have is that people act as if Symbian can't do with Android does. The only Android phone I liked was the MOTO Droid Pro. I'm not expecting a Nokia to last 10 days.

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  • 2011-04-27 21:50
  • k7PV

> In reply to The Ex-Nokia Fanboy @ 2011-04-27 21:47 from IDkH - click to readOnly widget/app i realy use is yahoo messenger and that´s it

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  • 2011-04-27 21:48
  • MA%X
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-27 21:32 from MA%X - click to readI use a lot of widgets namely Pure Messenger, Go SMS Pro, Palmary Weather, Last Call, PlayerPro, Widgetsoid, and Folder Organizer and my battery drops just 25% in 10 hours with moderate use. I have JuiceDefender installed, a task killer, and widgetsoid to turn off data, gps, and wifi when not in use. I also have WP Clock as my live wallpaper. My CPU's lowest clock setting is 200 MHz and maximum is at 1.4 GHz.

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  • 2011-04-27 21:47
  • IDkH

> In reply to Mobilemaster @ 2011-04-27 19:35 from La5U - click to readYes Android is dangerous, it will hunt you down and prod you in the eye!!

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  • 2011-04-27 21:35
  • fw7G

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