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Anti virus on nexus 5?

30th January 2014, 05:25 AM |#1  
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Are there really viruses in android? If yes do i need anti virus?

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30th January 2014, 05:31 AM |#2  
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Are there really viruses in android? If yes do i need anti virus?

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Honestly I've never gotten a virus on any of my Android phones and I've owned many but I guess you can never be safe. If you're worried then maybe you should download an antivirus software to be safe. I never saw the need an I've never heard of anyone having one.

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30th January 2014, 05:35 AM |#3  
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the best anti virus is common sense. ive never used anti virus on any computer or phone and i have never gotten any viruses.
30th January 2014, 07:22 AM |#4  
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just don't try pirate apps or download from unknown sources etc and you'll be fine.

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30th January 2014, 07:28 AM |#5  
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Google has hardened the security a bit on android 4.4 so it's safe to say you don't need one also apply some common sense And don't download pirated apps only download from Google play

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30th January 2014, 02:12 PM |#6  
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Viruses are not really a problem in Android, but spyware definitely is. If you are a person who doesn't worry about privacy then fine. But otherwise you need to protect yourself.

A firewall helps to control what goes in and out of your device. I use Avast Mobile Security (free) which combines a anti-virus (probably unnecessary) with firewall, anti theft and other security tools.

If you want to see some of the spyware on your device try "logging test app" (from play store, needs root). You'll see how your activity is logged and sent out.

Also check out XPrivacy
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1574401

And similar threads. But, if you live on Facebook and the like, then privacy is not a concern for you and you can ignore all the above.

(all the above is not unique to Android and is also true on Apple products too)
30th January 2014, 02:29 PM |#7  
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Are there really viruses in android? If yes do i need anti virus?

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I am sure there are viruses out there...... the likelyhood of you actually getting one is slim to none. You might increase your chances if you used warez or installed some goofy apk from a website that nobody has ever heard of. Common sense is your best defense. There are anti virus programs out there but I have never used one.
30th January 2014, 02:43 PM |#8  
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Are there really viruses in android? If yes do i need anti virus?

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Hi mate,

If you feel that you are vulnerable to viruses , install free anti-virus applications form play store like AVG, avast etc
My suggestion would be to install avast and be secured
There are many malwares on Android :-|

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30th January 2014, 02:51 PM |#9  
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I think there could be some, but generally speaking, if you don't go on a download frenzy on every app you see, you wouldn't run into any viruses.
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