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1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 14, 2011, 11:19 JoeNapalm

"Google Android More Vulnerable Than IPhone, Antivirus Maker Says."

Allow me to translate:

A company that makes money selling AV software says that one Linux-based device is more vulnerable to viruses than another Linux-based device because it is open-source.

Just ignore that Linux-based devices are not vulnerable to viruses and give them money.

*rolls eyes*

Yes, if you INSTALL something on your Android phone that does something bad, including agreeing to give it permissions that it should not have, then it can do bad things. This is NOT a virus - this is the user being careless and installing malware.

Not all malware are viruses. Viruses "infect" computers - Linux-based systems (including Android and iPhones) cannot be infected...they can only be compromised by users agreeing to install bad things.

EDIT: The iPhone App market checks each app to see that it's playing nice before they post it. The Android App market posts anything and relies on the user to actually READ what permissions the app wants and decide if they want to grant them.

So, based on that, you could argue that iPhone is a safer platform simply because it takes some of the control away from the end-user who might not make the right decisions.

Either way, AV software is sort of like putting wheels on a boat.

The Android AV software I've seen simply checks the software vs a known list of bad programs, with a few other features such as locating lost/stolen phones and such thrown in to entice people who know they don't really need AV apps.

Ifriti Sophist

This comment was edited on Jan 14, 2011, 11:25.
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