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Old 27. Aug 2013, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 360 Mobile Security - Antivirus

Hello all and thanks for having an informative site. I'm new here so bare with me. I noticed your selection of "360 Mobile Security - Antivirus" being your favorite choice. I tried it on my Android Samsung Galaxy Reverb and found it did the things you mentioned. After a few days of use, my phone was not acting right. So i did a search on the company and software and came up with this article i felt i should share.

Privacy issues with China's Qihoo 360 Technology are becoming more public:

Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/773944.shtml

China's Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq:QIHU), whose free antivirus software has captured more than 80 percent of the market -- estimated at about 1.5 billion people -- is being accused of stealing confidential information from hundreds of millions of users.

Early last month, National Business Daily, a Chinese economic news outlet, published a story titled "The Mystery of 360 Black Box," accusing Beijing-based Qihoo of inserting illegal software into its antivirus software and Internet browser and stealing users' private information and business secrets to gain more market share and serve its own interests. The report described the conduct as "cancerous cells of the Chinese Internet."

The National Business Daily article cited a third-party programmer who goes by the name "Independent Investigator" as saying that Qihoo 360 used the backdoor of its software in conjunction with its cloud service to steal user information and uninstall competitors' software from users' computers. The article said Qihoo has for years been using its products to gather personal information such as email addresses, medical records, financial information and passwords.

The ensuing discussion and public attention saw users abandon Qihoo's antivirus software in droves. In the city of Nanjing, one user even took Qihoo to court, alleging that its 360 Internet browser uploads users' surfing history to the company's server.

The news story reflected concerns that date back several years and have in at least one case resulted in a lawsuit. The plaintiff in that suit said consumers' suspicion and anger at Qihoo are well justified. The company's explanations for having collected private information without consent have been unsatisfactory.
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Old 28. Aug 2013, 12:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just more scaremongering IMO.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showp...&postcount=934

If you read the whole thread and links contained therein it will give more of an insight into both the company, the product and what it's capabilities are. eg.

"Couldn't agree more. This privacy issue thing is been beat to death in this thread and frankly everyone gets it and have their own choices free to make.

Time and replies IMHO are better spent focusing on the ins and outs, features and suggestions, and errors or mechanical issues in helping users of Qihoo 360 better and helping Qihoo 360 make this awesome Triple AV/ProActive masterpiece even better!"
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Old 28. Aug 2013, 07:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright Midnight, i appreciate the feedback. In the famous words of "Colombo", just one more thing. At the bottom of article, it mentions Apple pulled it from it's App Store. I guess i'll be doing the same. Thanks again.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/773944.shtml

Concerns about privacy with Qihoo products led Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) earlier this year to remove Qihoo apps from its App Store, including core products such as 360 Mobile Phone Guard and its Internet browser.
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Old 28. Aug 2013, 09:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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LOL, Apple caring about privacy? That's like the pot calling the kettle a whiter shade of pale.

http://digitaljournal.com/article/348312
http://readwrite.com/2013/05/02/appl...ou-should-care

Still, as with everything, individuals are free to choose based on their own convictions.
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Old 30. Aug 2013, 05:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have to agree with MC about this issue.

If you feel like the an app doesn't suit your needs or you simply don't trust it, then don't install it.

If you read 360's permissions, you'll see it uses the same ones most security apps require, with "Your personal information" being the most sensitive one, even though apps such as Avast!, Lookout and TrustGo use it too.

I don't think 360 is a bad product at all, however that's just my opinion.

Maybe you can share a good free security Android app with us? That would definetly help us to improve our current Best Free Antivirus App for Android list.
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Old 12. Jan 2014, 10:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default why the 'Why '360 Mobile Security - Antivirus' app wants you to 'Signup'

I've searched and could not find any reason given as to why the '360 Mobile Security - Antivirus' app wants you to 'Signup'.

Are then pros or cons to this?
Does the app work fully it you don't sign up?

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Old 05. Feb 2014, 09:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I tend to agree with ECOOP0601. Recently I started to check into the 360 Mobile Security. The Chinese origin app 360Safe has great reviews. However, correct me if I'm wrong in having some reservations:

1. Why does it have access to camera? IMHO, it should just scan stored or downloaded files including any .jpg, .png, .gif, etc.
2. Modify my contacts list?! That is my job.
3. Why does it directly call phone numbers? So it can send my contact numbers and maybe content to China? It should just stop the <blocked> incoming calls.
4. Why does it read and write web bookmarks and history? If to protect from dangers of browsing it should just warn me of dangerous sites while I'm browsing
5. It is an ad free app! How the designers recover their investment -- from Chinese government for all the info?

Here are some highlights on permissions and app descriptions:
Camera:
take pictures and videos
Your social information:
read your contacts
write call log
modify your contacts
read call log
Phone calls:
read phone status and identity
directly call phone numbers
Bookmarks and History:
read your Web bookmarks and history
write web bookmarks and history
360 Security is lightweight, agile and ad-free. With just one click you’ll get the most advanced security features that the other guys make you pay for.

More info on this application is available at the following link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...qihoo.security

Other apps doing the same? That is not an excuse to send my private info to China. It is bad enough to share it with the Big Brother.
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Old 08. Apr 2014, 03:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've used Qihu 360 Software on both my computer and phone with no issues or performance lag. I currently use 360 Mobile Safe since it offers more options including Anti-Theft, System Clean, and SMS & Call blocker. Both 360 Mobile Safe and 360 Security are from Qihu and both offer great security. Your choice on which you want to use.
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Old 28. Apr 2014, 07:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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User EricCRZ posted an official link regarding the permissions 360MS needs in the best antivirus for android review: http://360safe.com/permissions-and-usages.html. It looks like not many people tried even reading it. Each is explained in a clear way. Hopefully, it will clear things up for users who would like to try it, but got scared by some of the biased comments posted here. No one is forcing people install this app or that one, it is just that the decision must be made based on real information rather than speculation.

Also, I find funny that the users who made the comments have just one post here and nowhere else on the site...

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Also, I find funny that the users who made the comments have just one post here and nowhere else on the site...
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