05-17-2012 08:58 AM
05-17-2012 09:21 AM
I don't know the games or the malware you seem to be referring to but I would say that if you stick to loading apps from Google Play and have Norton Mobile Security (NMS) loaded then you should be as safe as you can reasonably be. It will always be possible that someone gets malware past Google and Norton but I'm fairly sure that they will quickly pick this up and notify you if there is a problem with anything that got through. Also given the way that Android works I am not aware of any malware to date that it is not easy to uninstall, so the risks are not of the same level as they are with, say a PC.
Not sure if that helps but I hope it does.
Others may know more about the games etc that you refer to.
All the best.
06-22-2012 04:06 PM
To expand on the above point: The difficulty in identifying Android malware is the very very fine line between malware and non-malware.
One could write an otherwise perfectly legitimate piece of software that has a tiny line in it which requests permission to the user's "phone" state and identity and then use that information maliciously. The act of getting phone state and identity isn't malicious, and many legitimate apps do it. it's a metter of what's done with that information.
It is however true that more obvious malicious apps exist, but even those apps still look and play like normal apps, except for what's being done in the background. It's a matter of looking at what it's doing on your device which is difficult on an encapsulated virtual machine like Dalvik (which Android apps run in).