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Re: [tlug] AV Preferences for Android

2012/3/30 Stephen J. Turnbull <>:
> I have seen several reports that free products for Android aren't
> worth the bandwidth to download them.

I wonder who wrote the reports? I've downloaded about 10
free apps, and I don't have complaints about any of them.
Excellent value given the price   8-)

> .... I don't know if Avast! was
> among the ones tested, though.

Did you mean anti-malware apps?

> ....The ZDNet report I recently read was
> that of about 25 such products applied to a sample of about 20 common
> malwares, the best (which also was a teaser for a commercial product)
> detected just over half, and the worst (complete freeware), *none*.
> None of them were trojans, at least. :-/

Ah, ZDNet. They've been churning out articles about Android
that look ghost-written by Apple.

> Is your wife in the habit of downloading random software?  Opening
> mail containing images or other attachments from unknown parties?  If
> not, I don't see why any CPU-cycle-eating warez are needed.

I think the main risk is in installing a dodgy app, especially if you
allow it to access sensitive data. I'm not sure how much at risk you are with
Android and mail attachments.


Jim Breen
Adjunct Snr Research Fellow, Clayton School of IT, Monash University
Webmaster: Hawthorn Rowing Club, Treasurer: Japanese Studies Centre
Graduate student: Language Technology Group, University of Melbourne

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