YES!!! MIUI is concerned for security.
While most of these tips will apply to any of the new app stores and markets now available for Android, this guide is written specifically for Google's original Android Market.
Also, while this guide attempts to be as comprehensive as possible, there may be errors or misjudgments, or just opinions that are subjective. Please read it with the idea in mind that it's just a part of the information you may want to consider when downloading your apps. Note that nothing in this world is Safe or perfect. It's the efforts we colate and put it together takes us apart from normal crowd. Hence we aer MIUI 'ians
Although, what to download is ultimately up to user, but that's the most important thing one will need to remeber.
The first thing when understanding the security of your phone is to know a little bit about what makes it tick. Android is a 'lite' version of Linux with most applications that you download from the market are written in Java.
This is important to know because it means Android is very unlikely to ever get a 'virus' in the traditional sense. Part of the reason is because Linux is a fairly secure operating system that protects various parts of itself from other parts. This is similar to how Windows has admin accounts and limited user accounts. Because of this protection, applications downloaded from the market do not have access to anything by default. You must grant them permission for each activity they want to perform when they are installed. This is a very important point which we will address a bit later. Also due to some bad choices by Google, there are a few exceptions to this rule that we'll talk about in the permissions section.
Nevertheless,while Android is very unlikely to get 'virus', that does not mean you are completely safe from 'malware', 'spyware', or any other harmful types of programs.
The efficacy of anti-virus apps on Android is a controversial subject on even the best of days. Needless to say, there are some very differing opinions on the necessity of having anti-virus software protecting your phone. Both sides of this debatehave some credible and respectable reasons for their choice, so I will try and present both sides as objectively as possible. In full disclosure though, I personally do not use anti-virus on my phone. That's just a personal choice ofcourse, Plenty of security experts whom I respect do chose to use anti-virus on their smartphones. So nevertheless, this will be a choice that is your's alone to make and not something where you should take cues from other people. That said, here are the pros and cons of each side as best as I learnt over the years.
One thing more member though, is that each side may have some irrational or sensational arguments. These stem from either a sense of emotional justification or avested interest in selling software. Put simply, neither side of the debate is above bad arguments and unintentional or intentional faulty logic.
- Will protect you from all past threats
- May protect you from a future threat
- Often can have additional features for privacy and data protection
- May have features to protect your phone if it is lost or stolen
- potentially consume system resources like battery and memory or resource hogger
- It's hard to protect from future/unknown threats unless cocnstant udpates from the provider
- Can potentially cause serious harm to the OS (very rare but not unheard of)
- May provide a false sense of security and encourage risky behavior
It is recommended to buy Legit mobile/tablet security licenses.