Avast! Anti-Virus for Android in the works, Rooted users will get extra funtions

June 27, 2011
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Avast! one of the most popular and widely used anti-malware program for Windows will be releasing for Android soon. This app will help secure your device safely and if you’re a rooted user, you’ll be granted extra features. Avast recently announced that the app for Android was in the works but the surprise is they will be allowing those extra features for those that root.

Avast's own Chief Technical Officer Ondrej Vlcek said, “rooted phones are more prone to certain kinds of attacks […] We consider people with rooted phones high-risk users, and so they need more security“. This may or may not be accurate and even though I understand his view, many rooted users tend to know what they are doing and are pretty careful. Then you do have those newbies that need the extra protection i guess.

The Android app will include VPN access allowing users safe access to the internet using insecure public Wifi networks, the company’s antivirus engine, anti-theft and phone tracking, as well as parental locks. No pricing or release date has been set or mentioned, and we still don't know what advanced features rooted users will gain access to. More details should emerge shortly and we will update when we hear more.

[via Makeuseof]


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  • Peter

    I beg to differ. Historically about 5% of the users of electronic devices have a clue about what they are doing. Let’s assume that all these 5% bought an Android device. With a 35% to 50% market share that leaves between 30 out of 35 and 45 out of 50 a.k.a. way more than 80% of all Android users of which we know that they root their device because it’s fancy (“the internet says so”) and they absolutely don’t have a clue what they are doing or what their device is capable of.

  • Peter

    I beg to differ. Historically about 5% of the users of electronic devices have a clue about what they are doing. Let’s assume that all these 5% bought an Android device. With a 35% to 50% market share that leaves between 30 out of 35 and 45 out of 50 a.k.a. way more than 80% of all Android users of which we know that they root their device because it’s fancy (“the internet says so”) and they absolutely don’t have a clue what they are doing or what their device is capable of.

  • Peter

    I beg to differ. Historically about 5% of the users of electronic devices have a clue about what they are doing. Let’s assume that all these 5% bought an Android device. With a 35% to 50% market share that leaves between 30 out of 35 and 45 out of 50 a.k.a. way more than 80% of all Android users of which we know that they root their device because it’s fancy (“the internet says so”) and they absolutely don’t have a clue what they are doing or what their device is capable of.

    • r5edneck

      amen to that