www.spywarenews.org – Smartphones have been popular technological gadgets since the launching of the Apple iPhone in 2007. They have features that fuse computer and a telephone (or sometimes TV) as one. These communication devices have become a vital staple for the modern culture of the 21st century. Internet search giant Google has joined the smartphone market through collaboration with the Open Handset Alliance, which resulted to the creation of a smartphone operating system (OS) called Android.
This OS applies a modified variation of the Linux kernel, which makes it secure to hold various applications, wherein there are more than 150,000 of them. However, some of these apps are capable of harming the operating system by gathering information like personal data such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and even social security numbers. One of them is a text message Trojan known as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, which has impacted various mobile devices. This malicious software appeared in August 2010 as a harmless media player, although if installed, the application sends text messages without warning and consent of the users. This has affected Russian Android smartphone users, who lost money through this malicious app. In March 2011, Google has revoked 58 malicious programs from the Android Market, wherein they have Trojans that were kept in pirated versions of genuine apps. Because of this, software security firms like Kaspersky, AVG, and Symnatec have developed solutions to function as antivirus for Android OS for smartphones.
AVG Antivirus for Android OS – AVG has recently released various antivirus applications for Android phones at Safer Internet Day 2011 on February 8, 2011. First off is the AVG Anti-Virus Free. This software inspects emails, SMS and websites for suspicious software and can monitor applications for malware prior to downloading them to the handset. Anti-Virus Free also detects your lost or stole phone through Google Maps using its Phone Locator feature. You can also backup your phone numbers, call logs, and messages to your SD card, although this feature is currently in Beta. The Task Killer feature eliminates phone tasks that slow down or freeze your smartphone. This antivirus system can be installed for free its security software AVG Mobilation. AVG Anti-Virus Free has its standard counterpart, the AVG Anti-Virus Pro. This software is a major improvement of the Anti-Virus Free, which has similar security features, although the Anti-Virus Pro has an actual VIP tech support.
Hopefully, these options of antivirus for Android OS from AVG help you learn about the importance of keeping your phones protected. AVG and Google’s Droid Security is a defensive combination that can keep your smartphones running.