Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by TheKid7, Jun 25, 2012.
New Trojan spy steals short messages on Android devices
There's no substitute than a good lightweight mobile anti-virus app.
Or avast antivirus (avast Mobile Security)
I guess not installing weird or unknown apps works too. (Not 100% fool proof but it definitely works)
Good advice. but personally I find on android the threats are over blown. Don't install 1-2 star apps and your fine. I haven't used an AV in months and I'm fine. I only use LBE privacy guard to revoke permissions from apps that I don't trust 100%. I've also noticed many times that people have adware installed and these AV's don't catch the majority of them. They catch a few but not they newer ones. The definitions lag drastically on mobile at least for now.
I would beg to differ on Android threats, if you see fit not to use protection, that's your prerogative. I generally double-bag it in a place that is generally new frontier, like Mac exploits, but that's another thread, eh ?
Most have no or little clue (general statement for the largesse of Mobile users) that, rated apps can be reviewed, etc. There is little information on the Net regarding these steps, btw.
Be warned that revoking permissions from apps may and probably would void the Warranty on your device if not brick your phone. !! This article, among other things, shows the permissions required to run Facebook on your Mobile device. One of the findings that surprised me and the presenter | researcher was what was required for complete functionality, few of which, are required when accessing Facebook via the Web.
True and as I said it's sound advice. However you can't brick your phone by revoking permissions. You do need to root it first but worst case you soft-brick and can flash back. It's next to (if not) impossible to perma-brick a phone these days. They almost all have hardware level recovery modes that you can access even with out an OS installed (Download Mode, Fastboot etc.) That said it's not for the average joe. But most threats are indeed over blown for android. The worse you will find are annoying ads and apps that sell your personal info in the wild. Most trojans are not commonly found except outside the market/Playstore.
If you could fill us in on how to revoke app (application) permissions in lay terms for us regular folk, it would be appreciated as I know many who run so many than are invasive.
The thing about rooting is that even if it voids the warranty you can flash back with ease and there's no way they'll know.
I believe Cyanogenmod 7 ROMs come with the revoke-permissions feature by default. Flashing is (or it used to be) a per-phone process.
What Google fanboys think of this Trojan: NO TROJANZ!!! WE HAZ TEH IND3STRuCTIBEL LINUX K0RN4L!!!!!!
What Apple fanboys think of this Trojan: We told you so, suckers! Everyone knows Macs don't get viruses, I read it on MacWorld!!
What Microsoft fanboys think of this Trojan: YES! Maybe all the Android users will switch to the super secure Windows Phone built on a super secure Windows core that has never had malware problems ever!!
What Most CIOs think of this Trojan: I knew I shouldn't have allowed Androids on the corporate network! BLACKBERRY 4 LYFE!
What I think of this Trojan: Use common sense and you'll be fine!
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