Google Could be Working on Android Malware Scanner

Status
Not open for further replies.

house70

Distinguished
Apr 21, 2010
1,465
0
19,310
39
Funny thing is, NO app can self-install on an Android device. The user HAS to give it permission first.
Another thing is, if the user does not heed the warnings, it doesn't matter how many warnings you give him/her. They'll go ahead and ignore them.
 

tomaz99

Distinguished
Jan 28, 2010
55
0
18,580
0
Recently, a major Android security flaw was discovered that causes all of the data stored on an Android-powered smartphone to be erased.

Why mention this? This wasn't malware but a security flaw (which was patched)...probably worse than malware.

Just don't see how it's related, unless you list all the security flaws...maybe it was an FYI "...plus some other bad stuff too".
 

house70

Distinguished
Apr 21, 2010
1,465
0
19,310
39
[citation][nom]tomaz99[/nom]Recently, a major Android security flaw was discovered that causes all of the data stored on an Android-powered smartphone to be erased.Why mention this? This wasn't malware but a security flaw (which was patched)...probably worse than malware.Just don't see how it's related, unless you list all the security flaws...maybe it was an FYI "...plus some other bad stuff too".[/citation]
[citation][nom]aftcomet[/nom]Two things Android needs to improve upon:1. Optimization2. Security[/citation]
Android by DEFAULT has very strong security measures in place, ranging from no root access to disabling third-party app markets and requiring users' authorization for every permission and install.
Once you change things, you step on unstable ground, and one should not modify their OS unless one knows exactly what they're doing.
Optimization: improved long time ago since 4.0. Now on JB even better. You need to use them.
 

rosen380

Distinguished
Mar 17, 2011
162
0
18,630
0
Well, there are cases where people think they are installing one thing and it turns out to be something else. Even when it asks for permissions that 'Angry Birds' wouldn't need, I'm sure some people are in a rush to get to their game and might just agree to anything.

Sure, most of the Tom's readers are less likely to be affected by such a thing, but more and more Smart Phone users are just those people who click on every link in their email and every pop-up on their PC.

 

house70

Distinguished
Apr 21, 2010
1,465
0
19,310
39
[citation][nom]rosen380[/nom]Well, there are cases where people think they are installing one thing and it turns out to be something else. Even when it asks for permissions that 'Angry Birds' wouldn't need, I'm sure some people are in a rush to get to their game and might just agree to anything.Sure, most of the Tom's readers are less likely to be affected by such a thing, but more and more Smart Phone users are just those people who click on every link in their email and every pop-up on their PC.[/citation]
Rule of thumb: never use a device that's smarter than you. Like an old say goes, "can't fix stupid". Some people out there could knot up a flag pole.
 

rosen380

Distinguished
Mar 17, 2011
162
0
18,630
0
Well, a calculator is smarter than most people, and you'd use it *for* that reason. I don't know what the square root of 1158763 is... but I can use a 'smart' device to figure it out for me.

By your rule-of-thumb, I suppose the market for smart phones should be *maybe* a couple hundred thousand... but a billion or so people have one.
 

dalethepcman

Distinguished
Jul 1, 2010
542
0
18,940
2
"Google is Malware lol"
and
"Two things Android needs to improve upon"
obvious troll's are obvious....

What Google needs to improve with Android, is forcing manufacturers to either use Vanilla Android, or actually update the OS of their phones.

The whole "we know how to make it better than Google" crap from all the different vendors is the biggest thing that upsets me about any Android phone.

 

sam_p_lay

Distinguished
Mar 26, 2010
81
0
18,580
0
[citation][nom]house70[/nom]Optimization: improved long time ago since 4.0. Now on JB even better. You need to use them.[/citation]

Yeah, if you can. You do realise how few devices are supporting them? If you buy a new high-end handset now you should be OK, otherwise, odds are you're still on Gingerbread. You can root the phone and install Cyanogen Mod 9 (I think 9 is the Android 4-based version) but not everyone will want to root their phone. So a huge number of Android users have to continue to put up with 2.3 for the time being.
 

ojas

Distinguished
Feb 25, 2011
370
0
18,940
2
Funny. Unix/Linux/Mac OS is supposed to be super safe, but Android, with a linux kernel, isn't (supposed to be).

Trust the media and anything is possible.
 

rosen380

Distinguished
Mar 17, 2011
162
0
18,630
0
I think most of the issues aren't about the security holes of the OS, but the security holes of the users. There isn't much Google can do about that :)
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
Adom Streaming Video & TVs 2
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 1
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 4
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 7
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 26
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 20
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 8
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 11
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 10
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 18
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 19
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 16
G Streaming Video & TVs 24
Marcus Yam Streaming Video & TVs 45
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 8
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 19
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 16
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 12
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 23
JMcEntegart Streaming Video & TVs 4

ASK THE COMMUNITY