So many people still think that anti-malware is necessary for Linux desktop users. It simply is not.
Windows Phone 8 is also very secure as a mobile OS, for not dissimilar reasons. It has nothing to do with user base and target size. It has everything to do with how these systems work. WP8, like Linux, requires something similar to "root" access, for instance and, how it handles media devices and data itself, is why it is so immensely secure compared with iOS and Android.
As Android is the most common mobile OS, I think that it is in every Mint user's interests to secure his/her phone first and the read below may be helpful.
Now to your Android phone or tablet:
Android phone manufacturers: Acer, LG, Samsung, Huawei, HTC, Nokia (yes!), Zest, Sony, Motorola, Prestigio, HiSense, Huawei - to name but a few.
Android phones are nice but I think it would be good if you read up on this.http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/flow/item/19149_Mobile_malware_almost_exclusiv.phphttp://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2222370/windows-phone-safest-mobile-platform-but-android-security-epidemic-spreads
Good advice: like I did, install and run a combination is Eset Mobile Security and Malwarebytes. Then also install and configure NoRoot Firewall. Allow or Block apps individually. I do not even install Skype as it wants access to types of information that it really does not need it. Ask yourself what Skype wants do be doing with that?
Never download and install apps from unknown sources. Android is the most secure mobile OS, but there is a BUT: unknown sources have infected millions of these devices and malware/spy ware has become a major issue. Two years ago, some 2000 malwares existed for Android, with only 80 for Windows phone. Android malware grew 640% during the next year and, as we Linux geeks know, downloading from unknown sources is where trouble comes from.
Did you know that your Android phone could be reporting your sensitive data to 350 servers around the globe no less than a thousand times per day? Harden you phone, do not ever compromise upon system security.
Here are more good reads:http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2222370/windows-phone-safest-mobile-platform-but-android-security-epidemic-spreadshttp://www.tech360ng.com/heres-how-to-really-keep-your-android-phone-clear-of-malware/
I hope that this may help to prevent heartache in future!