Honeycomb Security

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  1. 2wheelsagain

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    OK so I'm pretty new to Android so please forgive my noob question but can someone please recomend a security app designed for HC. I'm hidden behind my routers firewall but I would like some virus protection. I've hapily paid for PC protection for years and am willing to do so for the tab.
    There are several in the market but they seem to be phone focused.
    Recommendations please.

    Thanks in advance too:)
     
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    Norton has a nice Android app, or Lookout which is free.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Android Tablet Forum
     
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    to each his own, I find virus protection a waste of time on android since one has to commit to the installation of any app, no silent install like windows. with the ease of backup and restore who what is the purpose of a virus protector on a tablet, my first computer was a ibm 386 and present a windows7 dual booth with Jolicloud and none ever had any virus protection and will never get..
     
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    My fear is what may be hidden inside a legitimate looking app.
    As you say each to their own but my first PC was a Commodore 64 and to declare you never have/will use AV is mind blowing to me................
     
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    omg a commodore 64 those were the days lol.avg also has a free android antivirus.
     
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    Unless your planning on browsing hardcore porn sites virus protection on android is not really a necessity.
     
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    Well, if you download only from apps store, probably your fine.

    But I attest that my Archos was littered with spam from apps I downloaded from the Archos app store.
    Every couple of hours a video would pop up and play. Not a big deal, but there is stuff out there you don't want.

    I use Lookup. Hasn't found anything, so who knows. It does scan all downloads.
     
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    What if it's not hardcore porn????
     
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    I'm using Lookout and AVG Free, both free from Amazon. Here's why http://www.androidtablets.net/forum/nook/15947-android-malware.html . As for going on the internet with an unprotected Windows PC, I can't even imagine it. Why would you put your data,
    passwords, contacts, identity etc. at risk for no good reason. There's good free protection available and I've noticed no noticeable performance hit whatsoever. The mantra of avoiding porn sites is definitely out of date, there are many reputable sites out there that have been infected and will in turn infect your PC.
     
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    How did you guys get lookout through the market? When I search for it, there other products come up but not lookout security. I have it on my phone and it comes up in my phones market...????
     
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    It's not in the store thats available to Aussies either. :(
     
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    Um, lets not get ahead of ourselves and start hyping FUD just yet.

    All of the malware discovered to date as been from extremely dodgy chinese download sites.
    Google has blocked these from the market.

    But most important: NONE of the existing antivirus packages detected ANY of these malware installs. They sailed right thru.

    If you buy from the Google Market you will be as safe as you can expect. There is no reason to start bogging down your
    tablet with crap from AVG. Turn off the option for untrusted sources and nothing you get via an email can infect your tablet.

    Android is from the Linux world. Take your Windows World FUD somewhere else, and don't install pirated apps.
    You will be fine.
     
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    @Icebike, the part of my post you quoted was in answer to the OP who stated "I would like some virus protection." and then "Recommendations please.". The remainder which apparently was "Windows World FUD" pertained to tumpy's post about running a Windows PC without any protection. Those two people obviously disagree about the need for firewalls and AV. What's really great is that each can do what they're most comfortable with, just as we can.
     

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