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effie c
14-10-2013, 09:37 AM
Hi all,

I am using my recently acquired smartphone more and more of late, but internet/online banking is not what I dare install, seeing as there is no antivirus apps that I can see

Can anyone comment on this and suggest an answer, so I can bank with a smartphone?

My desktop is used less and less of late-but certainly used for banking etc

Effie c

pcuser42
14-10-2013, 09:41 AM
Don't bother. As long as you stick to apps installed from its store you'll be fine.

Chilling_Silence
14-10-2013, 09:54 AM
As long as you stick to apps installed from its store you'll be fine.

Sound advice. I agree, the AV stuff is largely a hoax across all 3 popular mobile platforms (Windows Phone / Android / iOS), it's not worth bothering with.

EDIT: BTW - See here: http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?135216

dugimodo
14-10-2013, 12:58 PM
Also if your bank has an official app on the store use that instead of the website, it's generally a lot easier.

Webdevguy
14-10-2013, 02:23 PM
Also if your bank has an official app on the store use that instead of the website, it's generally a lot easier.

Totally agree, and all the major banks now have iOS and Android banking apps that are free.

1101
15-10-2013, 07:57 AM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/08/android_ad_peril/

That is the sort of thing that worries me , 'legit' apps getting access to everything on the ph,
slurping
eg apps accessing contacts, camera, email, photos , apps can have the ability to send txt's to your contacts & take over the camera & mic for no good reason(not sure that any do, yet)

My Android ph is clean now, after a factory reset/restore. I got quite a shock will all the ads after in 1st installed just a few games from the app store.
If it was a PC with all those ads popping up, it wouldn't be tolerated & would be called out as malware , not just accepted as it is with Android etc

dugimodo
15-10-2013, 09:37 AM
Depends, many free apps and games are add supported and it's in the fine print somewhere generally so you've technically agreed to them.
It does bother me a bit when apps want access to all those features and it seems unjustified, why does a map app need access to my contacts for example, but I'm fairly trusting of official bank apps.

I don't have any pop up adds on any of my 3 android devices and have installed plenty of free apps, a few have adds within the app itself but that's not so bad. Maybe you just need to be a bit selective, always a good Idea to read any negative comments to see what issues others have with an app.

Chilling_Silence
15-10-2013, 11:16 AM
As mentioned in the other thread, apps can no longer display Ads in the notification bar:
https://play.google.com/about/developer-content-policy.html

To find out more about the ad networks on your phone that are used for displaying ads within apps, you can use Lookout Ad Network Detector:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lookout.addetector

No virus, no malware, just Ads... and a storm in a teacup.