A couple of days ago I was witness to an argument between an Androidian and an iPhonian. Part of this was the iPhonian pointing out how dangerous Android apps could potentially be as you are never sure what you are downloading.
The Androidian replied, ‘Yes, but you just get an Anti-Virus.’
My reply was ‘Why? Why should you have to? Why can’t the phone just WORK? Why should I have to worry? And do you honestly think the average person knows this?’
A point made even more strongly as I then watched a lady in her late 50’s be guided gently into getting an Android phone by a rep after admitting she had ‘no idea how these things work.’
And then today an article comes out that blows that argument even further out of the water (if possible).
You see, it seems that not only are you left swinging in the wind by Android in terms of knowing what’s safe and what’s not, even the things that are SUPPOSED to make you safe are as useful as wet paper pants.
Here’s the article in full from ITProPortal…
Insanely Popular Android Antivirus App Does Literally Nothing
‘The Virus Shield for Android app shot to the top of the Google Play store earlier this month. But the app, made by Deviant Solutions, didn’t exactly work as advertised and has been removed from the store.
It turns out the popular, well-rated, easy-to-use application, which promised to prevent “harmful apps from being installed on your device” for just £2.40, is nothing more than a scam.
According to Android Police, Virus Shield is a fake security app: Instead of scanning apps, settings, files, and media, like the service advertises, its shield icon simply changes from an “X” image to a check mark after a single tap.
For confirmation, the tech blog decompiled the app and mirrored the java code; programmer Zhuowei Zhang tweeted about the scam, writing that “it’s literally a single activity that displays a picture,” and calling Virus Shield the “crap app of the week.”
The application can be traced to a Live.com email address, though no further details are available. ITProPortal reached out to the given address, but did not immediately receive a response.
The issue highlights the ease with which developers can add apps to Android stores like Google Play. That makes it more open than Apple’s tightly controlled App Store, but users have to be much more vigilant when downloading apps than iOS users.
“Perhaps a more hands-on approach to monitoring apps that rise as rapidly as Virus Shield (which we’re almost certain did so with less than genuine downloads and reviews) is called for,” Android Police recommended.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.’
Full article here: Insanely Popular Android Antivirus App Does Literally Nothing
What a heap of scrap this old 2011 OS is. Seriously, If you thought about it from the outside, who on earth in their right mind would want anything to do with this Wild West approach to an ecosystem?
Buy a BlackBerry…