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Fri Oct 12, 2012, 06:15 PM

Smart phone question

Is it necessary to install a security app on phone?

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Response to randr (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 07:12 PM

1. Are there any security apps for phones?

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 07:20 PM

2. Yes Apps claiming to protect against other apps

such as Lookout Mobile Security

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Response to randr (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 07:44 PM

3. Necessary? Not really. Nice to have? Yes.

Two reasons if you have Android to have a security app...

1) Since Android is "open", malware is more likely to appear on the Android platform.
2) Android on its own doesn't have a built-in "find my device" app.

An app like Lookout Mobile Security fills both voids - checking out for bad apps and gives you the ability to locate a misplaced device.

iphone & ipad users don't generally need a security app because the Apple system is a "walled garden" and bad apps generally don't get into the Apple App Store. These devices also have location apps that help you find a lost iphone or ipad.

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