02-05-2013, 06:10 AM #2
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For the foreseeable future, you do not need any kind of antivirus software. The platform doesn't really have any points to attack.
That could change in the future, but I don't see it happening any time soon.
- 02-05-2013, 06:24 AM #3
- 07-19-2014, 01:35 AM #4
Do you open email attachments on your phone? Do you visit web sites? Do you open JPEG or WMF images on your phone? Do you open PDF documents? There are lots of vectors for malware to get into your phone. The folks at hackers conferences pass time when they're bored breaking into each others devices, and Windows phones are not special.
Just because Microsoft says we don't need antivirus or firewall protections doesn't make it so, but opening the door to such protection would also allow us to control more of our privacy, and neither Microsoft nor mobile ISPs can't afford to let us do that. They make too much money off of knowing which finger we use to scratch our nose.
- 07-19-2014, 01:38 AM #5
07-19-2014, 06:03 AM #6
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- 07-24-2014, 03:44 AM #8
We can only assume that you do absolutely no web browsing at all -- either that, or you're a malware writer trying to talk people into being your next victims.
- 07-24-2014, 03:52 AM #9
Nokia says their Windows Phone OSes can't be over-written. Unfortunately for their credibility, that's exactly what updates do. The OS contains a mechanism for over-writing itself. In addition, there are other kinds of malware that don't have to over-write the OS but can run in user space. You can download an app that is vicious to you but that leaves the OS intact. In addition, there has never been a software application of more than a few hundred lines that has gone into production without bugs in it. Not ever. We're talking about millions of lines of code here. There are bugs in it that can be exploited.
It's foolish to think your phone is invulnerable. It isn't, and because we have no power to protect ourselves with third-party tools, we should understand the risks of keeping confidential data on our phones.
- 07-24-2014, 06:05 PM #10
Yes, the update can write over stuff, but has it been exploited? I don't know, do you?
OK, since its so easy, why don't you go find those bugs, turn them into something useable, and get us that Interop-Unlock some people have been waiting for! What are you waiting for?
Not saying Windows Phone is unhackable, Samsung ATIVs got a jailbreak when people got a handhold through one of Samsung's tools. But still, it's highly unlikely to impossible for a malicious app to come thorough IE or the Store. But hey, we had that jailbreakme website thing for iOS among others so its not out of the realm of impossibility.
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