Should install antivirus on Android?

we are often asked about the need for an antivirus for Android smartphone, and for good reasons. Apple has tried to discredit Android as a system infected virus and malwares. Android flaws discovered in recent years have not helped to reassure users. Finally, those who used their computers without antivirus will testify, the results can be dramatic, except for connoisseurs who can get by without. So should also be wary of malware, viruses, and Trojans in any genre on our Android device? 

is there a risk do not install anti-virus on Android?

Until today, few Android devices have experienced real virus, at least if we compare the number of infected computers. But this does not mean that a smartphone or a Tablet is invulnerable: mobile browsing on the internet knows an unprecedented growth, and we know how all navigation on the internet may involve risks. But recently, the risk of infection by a virus is amplified with Trojans like Obad which was quickly considered the most dangerous ever listed. It won’t be the last.

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this type of blackmail is never pleasant. © Sophos

Android is more vulnerable than Apple’s iOS?

We often hear that Apple has no worries of virus and is not necessary to install an antivirus on Android. It is both true and false: Apple is a much more closed than Android system, so it is more difficult to enter and develop viruses. In view of this difficulty, so it makes sense that the malicious people are turning to the open system that is Android. The intrinsic functioning of Android gives her flaws: it is these flaws that are used by the virus. However, iPhone users are much less vigilant than others against the virus, but they are also vulnerable.

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antivirus and Android, a history. © AndroidPIT

what is the Store is a sure value?

Yes, and no. In theory, Google is supposed to remove and prohibit any application containing viruses or any spybots. Unfortunately, this filtering is not infallible: they saw him with the impressive number of false applications iFruit (GTA V) when Android users were waiting for the release for their devices. We can therefore not entirely trust Google Play store. A tip: before installing an application, make sure to look at the number of downloads and the number of positive comments that are related to him, but also claimed authorities. Nothing better than to other Android users to gain confidence in an application.

That being said, the new algorithm implemented by Google is now able to more effectively comb the Store, so that users have less surprises. Yet once again, beware of what you install. Sometimes, a malicious virus can be hidden in an application that seems safe, while no. It is important to check also the name of the developer or the company which publishes the said application. And this, in addition to the number of download, comments and permissions requested by the latter.

Google does more household in its app store. © AndroidPIt

– what am I risking if I come across a virus?

The main risks are not very serious, but can be an issue for some: the collection of your personal information to then redistribute them. This, in the best cases. You lose all your data, recover an application who empties your battery or be in possession of corrupted files. And considering the fact that our phone contains much more personal information that our computer (phone numbers, email addresses, photographs…), there is no doubt that the risk of attack is growing.

How can a virus infect my device?

Many daily actions for you can be dangerous to your Android device: this will download an application from reading your emails, through navigation on the Internet. But everything does not go on the Internet. It is also possible to get a virus by Bluetooth or infrared, if you find yourself in the presence of another infected device: in any public money or even where between you and your neighbors. The spread of the virus can be much faster than your computer: we carry this virus in our pockets everywhere we go. It is therefore worthwhile to check with antivirus frequently.

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security is important on Android, especially when using the smartphone to pay. © AndroidPIT

what are the disadvantages of an antivirus on Android?

Antivirus programs are often criticized, because playing on the fear of the virus, they ask the user full access to all data from the device, as in reading and writing. Basically, she do exactly what she want to exterminate… Therefore really have confidence in its antivirus. Some antivirus also have the defect of being energy: they always run in the background and are not always optimized for battery. Sometimes it is the price to pay to be protected… Finally, an antivirus is not always 100% effective: If some find 90% of viruses like Avast, Kaspersky, or Lookout, others such as McAfee detect only some of the dangers.

Which antivirus to choose on Android?

This will depend on the use of your device, even if overall protection and antivirus services are the same. We can advise you Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus , AVG Mobilation ( smartphone and Tablet ) or Avira Antivirus Security . Here is a list of the best antivirus for your Android smartphone coming very soon! Remember that an antivirus that scans continuously consumes energy. You may have to adapt your use, or at least check that your antivirus is not greedy. Feel free to try different applications to find one that suits you the most. 

And you, you chose to use an antivirus? If Yes, which? If not, why?

Article originally written by Joséphine Dusol

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