Is Mobile Antivirus Just a Myth? I’d say it’s more of a “legend,” where facts have been distorted or exaggerated to create a more sensational story. Let’s check this all out with some facts about Android for you to better understand these applications.
Antivirus does not exist on Android
A true “antivirus” for mobile devices is not possible given the developers’ planned development and access SDKs for developers on most mobile platforms. In the mobile security space there are more than a few companies that sell what they like to call “antivirus” applications for smartphones. The problem is that the term is being misused and it is not by chance.
With respect to any computing device, it is a form of software that can replicate itself through documents and executable files in order to infect other devices or automatically through a network or through a storage device such as a thumb drive . The ultimate goal of most viruses is data corruption and / or system corruption.
In order to detect and mitigate real viruses, a software solution that needs to be able to function as a root process in a system, something that is not only possible, most mobile platforms currently in applications normally run in a mode environment secure (without root).
Mobile antivirus solutions rely on detection of application signatures, at best. Take for example the Android antivirus apps on the market. The best they can do is to monitor a package to be installed and then do a simple signature-based check.
Antivirus propagates fear as a sales tool!
Applications that claim to be “antivirus” are only able to detect which applications have the potential to be malware, something that an application developer may have missed to code software that is used to steal data or interact with the device. a bad way. This application is more correctly defined as being a Trojan horse or a form of spyware (spying on your handset), but given the years of conditioning by security companies “Virus” sounds much more scary.
Antivirus are unnecessary when you have good judgment
Although these detection features may be marginally useful to the end user, they are unnecessary when the user has common sense ie he is cautious about which applications you download and then carefully reviews the permissions for each application that will be installed. Does that app you download really need to have access to your contacts, call history, and location.
App stores already do a good job filtering suspicious apps
There have been many suspicious applications that have been taken from the various online stores automatically. Malware and mobile viruses are deployed using reworked legitimate applications that are downloaded from outside of traditional application stores, but most phones have a configuration that blocks applications installed outside of online stores.
Anti-virus live marketing
Like all good social engineers, marketers know that the general population does not know the true definition of antivirus, nor do they understand that the access a developer has on a mobile device is quite different than on their laptops.
The term is rooted in our heads as meaning “protection” from security companies that push their “experience” to our handsets. To make matters worse, these companies tend to amplify the threats in their marketing materials by employing generous amounts of fear, uncertainty and doubt, often feeding themselves from baseless statistics of their own “research” to the press to generate hysteria, all the while waiting for journalists not to check their “facts” before writing a news, something that unfortunately happens with great frequency.
The reality is very different
Many of the “virus” reports on Android are less dramatic in real life than what you find in the media, but it sure makes big headlines. These reports once you search well are usually coming from companies that have a horse in the running since they offer a mobile antivirus product.
False sense of security can leave you with a virus after all
The false sense of security that these “antivirus” applications try to provide is irresponsible. Promising to protect us from “viruses” can be more dangerous than the “viruses” themselves as it may convince someone who does not need to install a critical security patch from their vendor as they may believe that a third party application is protecting them from malware, when in fact it is not.
I’m saying there is no such thing as a virus that affects mobile devices? No. In fact, the risk increases in parallel with the growth of the smartphone market. However, the current applications available in your traditional application store will hardly protect you from actual threats, such as a website that asks for your personal information to be accessed. Be careful, filter things well and so, you ensure that your smartphone or tablet continues to work perfectly.
Do you have an antivirus app on your device? How does it work? Has it helped you to get rid of some viruses?