Do We Really Need to Install an Antivirus on Android?

A couple of weeks ago I explained why must not install system RAM and battery in an Android smartphone. In some of the comments that you publicasteis also mencionabais the antivirus as a problem for the performance of the device, but is it really necessary to install an antivirus on Android?

In this article I am going to address the reasons for why it is not advisable to do so, despite the fact that the companies behind these products do not stop perjury us is required (logical if you comercializas it). And, despite the bad reputation that was created in the beginning, Android is one of the operating system more insurance at present.

Statistics say that Android is safe

But the malware or phishing also affects you equally?
Yes, Android is no exception and is at risk of being infected, but the probability is really low. And descends the more updated is the mobile or the tablet in question.

In the latest report of security Android, Google published only 0.15% of the users who downloaded this software application of Google Play Store became infected by 2015. The percentage increases up to 0.50% for people who installed apps outside the official store, being still a figure really low for the amount of phones and tablets with Android globally.

Each year is more difficult to get some kind of malware directly from Google Play: data collection is down more than 40% to the 0.08, spyware fell 60 per cent to the 0.02 applications and hostile discharges decreased by 50% to 0.01%. The data contrast comparing it directly with the facilities outside the Google store, being higher and increasing up to 2.60% in specific cases.

For Android to be safer, Google checks applications 6.000 million daily and analyzes over 400 million Terminal looking for apps that are infected by malware. In addition, the Mountain View company Checker applications, improved double letting us know if we can get some risk, and publishing monthly security patches to cover all kinds of vulnerabilities.

Therefore, if you’re like most consumers who downloaded their apps in the Play Store (or official repositories such as the Amazon store) practically there is no risk of becoming infected. On the other hand, if you install APK from external sites the probability is higher, but not be many less worrisome. In fact, Google blocks access on Android apps with ‘Unknown sources’ by default, and lets the user to take the risk of making it or not.

Yes there is more exposure to the adware, platforms of advertising that are behind other approved apps and clouded you experience with ads without control. In addition, the antivirus not tend to detect them as danger, so they are not effective against them. This month have appeared SpeedCharge and BoostCharge, but they should not last too.

Then, what good is an antivirus?

Taking advantage of its leading position in the market for PC with Windows, plenty of companies focused on computer security like AVG, Avast, Avira or Norton have developed its own anti-virus suites for Android. In spite of these programs copan tops of Google Play, are in most cases unnecessary.

How do they work? They are basically dedicated to analyze every application or file downloaded in your device, detecting if it includes malicious code or not. But in Android, to be able to infect you you must manually run the infected application, She alone, can not do so by itself. Therefore be reducien to minimize the chances of being exposed to this type of risk.

To perform this function, the antivirus force to have services in the background that eat a significant amount of RAM memory, so if your smartphone or tablet is 1GB or smaller, you will suffer from significant lags. Even so, and as in the case of RAM optimizers, in general consume many resources that, for example, will prevent have more apps in multitasking. Antivirus greatly hurt the performance of your Android and have more disadvantages than advantages.

Over, virtually no antivirus incorporates exclusive this feature, but it over dozens of optimizers and “miracle functions” are integrated to accelerate your terminal, being a total drag.

Your great ally: common sense

The best way of not getting any malware on Android is the common sense. If you have given permission to install programs outside the Play Store from the settings, it monitors what you install on it. Everything that is lowered automatically after opening a page full of advertising, the APK free of payment applications in many cases or “magic tools” (such as spying the WhatsApp someone from your mobile) are a hotbed of malware, so you can do better is to ignore all those listings.

But as I explained before, the Play Store did not escape these problems by scarce to be the percentage of affected. How to fight it? It monitors the permissions that ask for apps to download them. It is extremely suspicious that a flashlight application asks you for permission to send SMS or make calls. So test with another one that does not have such access or, If you have a Marshmallow, it blocks all those you consider unnecessary since own permissions control panel.

And I don’t say this only. Adrian Ludwig, Chief Engineer of Google Android security, said during an interview at Google I/o 2014 that “I don’t think that 99% of the users need the benefit of an antivirus. If because of my work, you will need an extra protection would make sense to do so. But the average Android user would need to install an antivirus? “Absolutely not”.

Therefore, and unless you see it strictly necessary, It is not recommended to install an antivirus on Android. The disadvantages are more numerous than the benefits, and in the great majority of cases not compensates the loss of performance. In the event of need location or backup tools that are integrated into the antivirus, it is better to install an application dedicated exclusively to this.

Do you use any antivirus in your terminal? Are you in favor or against them?

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