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    AV for Android phones

    Morning guys where are we these days with AV on Android devices?
    Something that's not too intrusive but maybe includes adblocking of some sort as well, if such a thing exists.

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    Re: AV for Android phones

    Ad-blocking - for the web I've got uBlock Origin on Firefox for the browser but nothing at a system level. I don't know how permissive Android is these days to DNS takeovers for that sort of thing?

    AV wise I don't, but then I don't like installing apps...

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    Re: AV for Android phones

    For adblocking I use uBlock Origin within the browser.
    In addition I use adguard's DNS (https://adguard.com/en/blog/adguard-...addresses.html)
    However, this DNS method will break some free aps with ads (mostly games for me), so I use a DNS changer app to be able to easily turn the DNS on & off as required.

    Cloudflare also have a DNS, but doesn't block ads, it only stops malware & adult content if you prefer a more respected brand
    https://blog.cloudflare.com/introduc...-for-families/

    My only experience with AV on Android was when I had an LG G5 with forced McAfee installed & Enabled. This was a complete nightmare, pop ups and very controlling, LG finally allowed us to disable the app, but couldn't uninstall it. To this day I've never had another AV on my phone. I don't download APKs on my daily driver and I'm happy with uBlock Origin/Adguard for what I do on the phone. I'd say implementing a backup routine is more important than an AV and where I'd spend my money/efforts.

    A few other things I do, I don't join anyones WiFi unless I have absolutely no data signal in that location, and I'm there for a significant period of time. Bluetooth off by default. Developer mode disabled.

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    Re: AV for Android phones

    I just use brave browser for adblocking. It's more or less chrome with a built in adblocker.
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