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What do they expect from a platform based on Linux, that allows one to install apps from other sites and not just the official store?

There's really no "story" here, it's just a fact of life. I have had zero Malware and I've rooted/rom'd several android devices and install from other sites. You just have to be intelligent enough NOT to put absolutely anything on your phone.
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What do they expect from a platform based on Linux, that allows one to install apps from other sites and not just the official store?

There's really no "story" here, it's just a fact of life. I have had zero Malware and I've rooted/rom'd several android devices and install from other sites. You just have to be intelligent enough NOT to put absolutely anything on your phone.

really, not even security-related apps? wth.gif
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God, this isn't news. There are reasons that this statistic is true. Tell your friends and family with Android phones to stop downloading cheesy, shady-looking apps.
 
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really, not even security-related apps? wth.gif

Why would I want security-related software on my phone?

The 3-4 programs I use are available on the Play Store (Line, Adobe Reader, and Auto Airplane tongue.gif).

I fiddle a lot with ROMs and kernels oto, though.
   
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Why would I want security-related software on my phone?.

because it's connected to the Internet and to secure local data (see data encryption apps). And things like of course if you lose your phone, you can track it.
post #16 of 27
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that's because Google is a lot less strict than Apple on what third party apps they allow users to download, and spammers and others who make viruses take advantage of a user's stupidity.

Android isn't strict at all.
You just have to click the "download from third party sites" button in options and you can then download anything and everything.

The flaw is that if you don't have access to the Google Play Store for Android, or to an official store from say Verizon or ATT you must download apps from third party sites. These are the people that are most affected.
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Android isn't strict at all.
You just have to click the "download from third party sites" button in options and you can then download anything and everything.

The flaw is that if you don't have access to the Google Play Store for Android, or to an official store from say Verizon or ATT you must download apps from third party sites. These are the people that are most affected.

eh-smiley.gif that's what I said, and what android user DOESN'T have access to Google Play Store. Even the older versions of android have access to the play store (though your options are extremely limited)
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eh-smiley.gif that's what I said, and what android user DOESN'T have access to Google Play Store. Even the older versions of android have access to the play store (though your options are extremely limited)

There are KIRF phones in asia that run on android, but are stripped of a lot of google apps including the play store.

The statistics dont bother me at all, I sideload a lot of apps for different reasons such as needing an updated flash player, but I always make sure it comes from a reputable place and that others are using it without issue. Id gladly take the small risk of infection over using the safer ios (one of the reasons its more secure is because of its fake multitasking)
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Oh look, statistics on how many people download third party applications that contain malware, on the biggest mobile OS that doesn't prevent you from doing it.

RELEVANT.
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Guess this is why you can heartily recommend iOS to more people.. i.e. my aunt/mom and their co-workers xD

There's more non techies as well.
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