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Avoid Android Viruses on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

How can you tell which apps are legitimate and which might be viruses or evil apps that do odd things to your phone? Well, you can’t. In fact, most people can’t, because most evil apps don’t advertise themselves as such.

The key to knowing whether an app is evil is to look at what it does. If a simple grocery-list app uses the phone’s text messaging service and the app doesn’t need to send text messages, it’s suspect.

In the history of the Android operating system, only a handful of malicious apps have been distributed, and most of them were found in Asia. Google routinely removes these apps from the Android Market, and a feature of the Android operating system even lets Google remove apps from your tablet. So, you’re pretty safe.

Generally speaking, avoid “hacker” apps and porn and apps that use social engineering to make you do things on your Galaxy Tab that you wouldn’t otherwise do, such as text an overseas number to see racy pictures of politicians or celebrities.

Also, you may want to abstain from obtaining apps from anything but the official Android Market. The Amazon Market is okay too, but some other markets are basically distribution points for illegal or infected software. Avoid them.