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    Chris has got the new Samsung Galaxy S2 (which he loves so much he doesn't think he's going to swap to the iphone when the new one comes out ) - you've created a monster Keith

    Anyway he wants an security program for it, we use Kaspersky at home but their mobile version doesn't seem to get good reviews. Does anyone know of a good one he can buy?












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    I know Norton do one that is meant to be pretty good for Android tablets. Can't believe I'm saying that as I usually absolutely hate Norton, however after Mum & Dad installed it on their laptops and that version is pretty good and doesn't do any of the rubbish the old Norton did. I haven't used the android one, though.
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    I must admit I dont know the answer to this one ;( I tend to think a lot of AV products for phones are just jumping on a bandwagon and dont really do a lot HOWEVER on android, I suspect with the openess, there will be more malware if you install a lot of stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 270424
    I must admit I dont know the answer to this one ;( I tend to think a lot of AV products for phones are just jumping on a bandwagon and dont really do a lot HOWEVER on android, I suspect with the openess, there will be more malware if you install a lot of stuff.
    Although it's fairly open, from what I understand a lot of Android is still sandboxed, and most of the apps you install ask you for certain permissions. Is this correct? (I have never used Android to much extent!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh.p., post: 270425
    Although it's fairly open, from what I understand a lot of Android is still sandboxed, and most of the apps you install ask you for certain permissions. Is this correct? (I have never used Android to much extent!)
    They DO ask you for permissions but the sad truth is that although you look for the first few times, after a while you just say yes ok install even if they ask for permissions you should really wonder about.

    It's one of those things... everything seems to say "can make phone calls" "Can access contacts" and so on

    So you get used to just going yeah whatever....,
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    Ok so other than confusing me is it worth Chris getting one

    He's not one to download lots of apps, he wants some photo ones and a few others, but he is keeping his diary on there as well as some other things for work.












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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 270427
    Ok so other than confusing me is it worth Chris getting one

    He's not one to download lots of apps, he wants some photo ones and a few others, but he is keeping his diary on there as well as some other things for work.
    It's very hard to recommend NOT having good security because you know if you do that, the person will come back next week/month/year and say OI I lost everything!

    So hmmm :/ I think the risk right now is small, but if you can reduce it further by a good security app then why not
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    Just to update, Chris chose Lookout in the end.












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    I have an Android phone and yes, after a while i just say yes. Funny, I could be signing away my future pension and not even realize it.

    I'm glad he found something.

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    Thank you, he hardly speaks to me now when he is home, he used to be on his laptop, now he is on his phone all the time

    If I ask something simple, the next thing I know is that he's looking it up on his phone

    He keeps saying I should get one, but I only want a phone I can text and talk on he thinks I'm mad and keeps threatening to get people to nag me, they way I have about going on a cruise












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