15 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2011 9:19 PM by Mark_OB1

    How secure is the Nook Color .

      How secure is my Nook Color from attack by Trojans etc.?

        • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
          Don't download the big wooden horse and you should be ok. :smileywink: great question. I have not heard a lot about virus' on android. I know there are virus protection apps out there.
          • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
            mariel9898

            That's a reason I rooted - I have anti virus and anti malware apps. I was wondering if B&N will have them available on their market.

            • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
              After I got home with my new NC I called customer service and was told that it did not have windows, therefore was not open to viruses. This is what I was told, and please correct if this is not true. Thanks
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                  > After I got home with my new NC I called customer service and was told that it did not have windows, therefore was not open to viruses. This is what I was told, and please correct if this is not true. <

                   

                  This is not true, sewread.  Though the NC is safer from viri than a general Android tablet would be.

                   

                  The fact that it doesn't have Windows is completely irrelevant, as others have pointed out already.  So that bit of info was bogus.  However, there are quite a few bits of malware in the Android space, and growing.  Which is why you will see Anti-virus apps in the Market there.

                   

                  However, the NC (unless rooted) does not have access to the Andoid Market, and you can't just sideload apps you may have found somewhere on the web.  Your choices there are limited to what's in the B&N AppShop, and those should never have an infection.  So that's a positive benefit of B&N's closed ecosystem, with many fewer choices.  It's safer, and you need no Anti-anything software, which always shows things down.

                   

                  AFAIK, all of the Android malware has been 'active', as in Apps that have been modified to splice an infection on, and released to download sites.  They also seem to be confined to phones, and taking advantage of capabilities that the NCs do not have.  So still safe there.  But I'm not an expert on the subject of data file infections, and even if no one has hacked some document format yet (or a Javascript or Flash exploit), it's not impossible they could someday do so.  So for example a random web page or file you accessed, or an e-mail could potentially contain an exploit some day.  (Which would also likely try to use some phone capability, simply because there are 100x as many Andoid phones as tablets.  And fail.)

                   

                  When that day comes (or even before) I'd expect to see one or more anti-malware Apps appear in the B&N Shop.  But so far I'd consider my NCs without any Anti-malware apps to be safer than the rest of the devices out there are, even with their protective apps.

                   

                  - Mark

                   

                • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .

                  If you are not rooted and the Apps from B&N are clean, there is very little chance of infection. In addition most of the malware I've seen for Android tend to do stuff like SMS or phone calls.

                  • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
                    Umm, thanks for setting me straight, I think. Sooo what does one do--please advise.
                    • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
                      I just finished reading all the posts so I should be ok as I have not rooted my NC. Is that what you all are saying.
                      • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
                        mariel9898

                        Malware exists on many web sites. It's one of the reasons I dowloaded Firefox on my rooted NC which seems to have more built in security than other browsers but it's still a bit buggy so I'm not using it all the time.

                         

                        I'm hoping the update will allow the use of VPN but I'm not holding my breath on that one. For now I make sure I don't do any banking on the NC unless it's from my own home or the cable company hot spots since I don't trust any public WiFi areas.

                          • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .
                            I second that about using secure networks! Since this device is very good at keeping me logged in to sites and storing my password, as well as credit card information for my B & N account, anyone peeking through an unsecure wifi network could get lots of info. Also, I would hate to lose it, that would be a big security problem. u

                            mariel9898 wrote:

                            Malware exists on many web sites. It's one of the reasons I dowloaded Firefox on my rooted NC which seems to have more built in security than other browsers but it's still a bit buggy so I'm not using it all the time.

                             

                            I'm hoping the update will allow the use of VPN but I'm not holding my breath on that one. For now I make sure I don't do any banking on the NC unless it's from my own home or the cable company hot spots since I don't trust any public WiFi areas.


                          • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .

                            While any OS can have security threats, the risk is about as minimal as it can get for all practical purposes... it's hardly like a PC or even a Mac where AV/Security solutions are a virtual necessity.

                             

                            I am completely comfortable rolling with no anti-virus or malware stuff whatsoever on either my nook or my Android phone. If you do not surf p*rn/warez sites with it or try to install pirated apps, you should be hovering real close to zero risk wise. As noted, legit market apps have to tell you what permissions/data they access on Android.

                             

                            The only real security measure I take is, since I'm rooted, I do a full backup of my current ROM about once a month or so (but that's mostly in case B&N tries to stealth update my device rather than worrying about a virus or trojan :smileywink: ).

                            • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .

                              My credit union warned us about the malware problem with Android smartphones. The Color Nook also uses the Android system, but I don't know how susceptible it is to malware. I wondered about how secure it was to order e-books when I was at B&N and using their public wifi.  An employee there steered me to a secure computer to sign up for a B&N account (where I entered my credit card info) to order e-books, but he didn't say how secure subsequent orders via their wi-fi would be.  An InfoWorld article about the rampant malware hitting Android devices is here: http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-malware-cesspool-and-users-dont-care-006 . 

                              • Re: How secure is the Nook Color .

                                Someone sneezed on my Nook when I wasn't watching. I handled it and then got sick. I thought it was the flu but it turned out to be a virus. I took some meds and now I'm ok :smileyhappy:

                                 

                                 

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                                    > Someone sneezed on my Nook when I wasn't watching. I handled it and then got sick. I thought it was the flu but it turned out to be a virus. I took some meds and now I'm ok <

                                     

                                    I'm glad to hear that you're better, japerry. 

                                     

                                    In the meantime, while you were having problems with Sneezy, the rest of us here have been dealing with Grumpy and Dopey, over in the 1.4 Update thread.  :smileyvery-happy:

                                     

                                    Happy holidays!

                                     

                                    - Mark