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Do you really need an anti-virus on your Android phone?

There's no clear winner in the never-ending battle between Android and Apple, though some users can take their passionate support for one brand or the other to ridiculous levels. But if you're an Android fan, here's some more handy ammunition. Google is now claiming that  anti-virus protection is not needed on your Android phone.

Lead engineer for Android security, Adrian Ludwig, claims that the company scans for malware so often that fewer than 1% of Android devices have a malware problem. You're also more likely to have malware if you live in Russia or China, not here in the U.S.

Ludwig says the problem usually involves problematic apps, not the operating system itself.

"I'm conflicted about antivirus [for mobile]. It's tremendously valuable that all these security companies are doing this research, but for the end user the potential increase in value from a security standpoint is very small relative to the costs of space and storage and battery," Ludwig told The Register. ... "That said, some people really want to run it and if it makes you feel better then by all means do it."

Evidence also shows that in the last year, spyware being installed on Androids has fallen by 90%, while SMS fraud installs have decreased more than 60% and malware installs have fallen by more than half.

If you aren't convinced by this Android bigwig, click here for my 7 essential steps to make sure your Android gadget is secure. 

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Source: The Register
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