Worried about security on Android? Afraid that malware might leak into your G1? Think you need some antivirus software? SMobile Systems has announced that they're releasing SMobile VirusGuard for Android to protect your G1 "from the attack and proliferation of mobile viruses, spyware and other malware". Currently, VirusGuard for Android is available either at their website or through Handango for $9.99. When Android Market supports paid apps they'll move VirusGuard over there (Q1/09). 

In the coming weeks and months, SMobile plans to adapt the remainder of the SecurityShield suite to offer firewall, anti-spam and lock, wipe and backup for the Android platform. SMobile will also be able to offer parental controls that will allow parents to closely monitor their child’s cell phone voice and messaging activities to ensure they are safe. 

As crude as it may sound, we at Android Central doubt that the G1 and Android will need any sort of antivirus software. We're fairly certain that the foundation of Android is sound and the marketshare of Android is too small to warrant any attacks. Who knows, maybe we're wrong but we're going to pass on this.

So what do you think, is anyone going to buy antivirus software for their G1? Who's really worried about security on Android?

[SMobile Systems via Android Community]


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SMobile Systems to Provide Security for Android

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It's hard for me to believe that in this day and age that there are companies selling personal computers and will tell you that you don't need to protect yourself from viruses, spyware and other malware. Yet they tell you to use their product for your vital computing functions.

My question is...would you take this advice with your home computer? with your laptop? Yet you'll use this device for transfer of the same information.

To do nothing doesn't sound like a solution at all!