I Just Bought An Android Smartphone Do I Need An Antivirus?

A question I am asked all the time is , I have just bought an Android smartphone do I need an antivirus , and my answer is generally , no. The Android operating system is safe as long as you follow the basic rules of : Only getting apps from the Google Play Store – this is the default now Keep the operating system up to date – don’t ignore those updates when they pop up on the screen  Stay away from the ” too good to be true ” websites – free movies , music etc If you still feel that this is too hard then install Lookout which does a good job and does not take over your device. Stay clear of the Windows based antivirus solutions.

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So You Think Your Android Phone Has A Virus – What Can You Do ?

First of all you probably dont have a virus on your Android phone and what you’re seeing is an ad that tries to convince you that your Android device is infected and you need to download an app or you have dodgy pop-up. If it is a dodgy pop-up just look at clearing your cache. All Android viruses are delivered via apps installed on your device, so the best way to avoid it is to be very careful which apps you install and really never install software outside of the Google Play app store and by default your phone or tablet settings will be configured to prevent this , so do not alter this. Start your Android device in Safe ModeThis should prevent any third-party apps running, including any malware. With many devices can press the power button to access the power off options, then press and hold power off… Read More

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What Did I Talk About On Radio w/c 14th April

Heartbleed Security Only change your passwords if you know the site you use has been patched  Consider changing to a password manager Turn on 2 factor authentication if it is available for your site , check if your site is available here  More details on Heartbleed and whether your site has been patched can be checked here  Install A Password Manager Lastpass  Security On An Android Device Concerned about security on an Android device , what do you need to do ? Make sure your device is running the latest version of Android that it can , check in settings in case it has not updated automatically Only download apps from the Google play store  Install Lookout which will tell you if you are downloading a suspect app  Lookout will Protect your device from malware Scan every app to ensure it’s safe Block malicious websites See which apps access your private… Read More

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