Google and Android - 21 April 2011
Author: Doug Simmons

lego_ninjaDiogo Ferreira, author of Penetrate and an authority on the Android Market, a man who’s seen it all, has issued an incendiary statement exposing the truth behind antivirus crapware, stirring up a whirlwind of controversy across the Facebook and the Twitter.

A snippet from his press release:

Soon enough, several antivirus applications for Android started flagging Penetrate. Why? I will never know, I tried to reason with them and went as far as decompiling their code to know what was going on.

My conclusions were the following: People who buy antivirus apps for Android are being robbed. The only thing this app did was store a list of hand-written application package names, performing no active detection whatsoever. Android Antivirus apps are a joke, do not buy them, do not use them. They give you a false sense of security.

The Man has declined to comment.

About Author

Biographical info.. hmm. I have a history of not being able to strike the balance between what is "safe" to put into these forms and what is, in my mind at least, funny. Can't do it.

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