October 29, 2019

12:58

Stop telling me, I need an anti virus app…

Guys, computer viruses were a MS DOS phenomenon: code fragments that basically just scanned the filesystem for executable fiels (COM, EXE, Bootsector) to implant a copy in. There were two preconditions for a virus infection:

  1. The user needed full read/write access to the whole filesystem.
  2. Users had to carelessly swap infected floppy discs.

Android apps are sandboxed from each other and the app store concept ensures that you are no longer share infected binaries with each other. You don’t need anti virus apps and you should not install them either.