It seems every time you visit a tech website these days, there is a story about Android viruses and malware. This has created a great deal of concern to many Android users. It presents an important question. Should Android users install an anti-virus app on their devices? Personally, I don’t think one is necessary. These are 4 reasons why.
The news of viruses on Android is overblown
Bloggers and news sites only care about getting the most visits to their sites. What better way to get those visits than to post a headline that contains the phrase “Android Malware”? If you read some of the news articles and blog posts, you might get the feeling that every Android phone is infected with a virus. I have yet to meet a single person who has been infected with an Android virus. Heck, I even went looking for an infected APK file once for test purposes and couldn’t locate one.
Monitored app stores
The people at Google and Amazon do a pretty good job monitoring what goes into their app stores. The future of their business model depends on it. Sure, some apps slip by sometimes, but misbehaving apps are usually quickly discovered and removed. Reading user reviews can also help tremendously in identifying reliable apps. This leaves a user with an almost 0% chance of downloading an infected app.
Anti-virus apps never catch anything
Even when their is a legitimate virus discovered, anti-virus apps often don’t catch it in time. What you’ll often see is an update to the anti-virus software that addresses the problem, but the updates are often released well after the virus has done most of its damage. What’s the point?
It will slow down your device
Anti-virus apps have a look at every action you perform on your phone. This requires the use of memory and processor resources. Resources that are precious on a small device. Why waste those resources on an app that only protects you from a minimal threat? It’s just not worth the time lost.
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