Smartphone viruses and malware

Tablets & Smartphone Viruses

The use of tablet computers and smartphones has risen so much in such a short time – it’s been quite a phenomenon. Reports are also increasing – as you would expect – about viruses and malware exploiting this new technology. And what happens if you lose your tiny little portable device and someone else gets hold of all your personal information? Is there any way to protect your personal details and yet still enjoy the freedom of our portable communicators?

Here’s some tips to help keep your Smartphone safe from Viruses:

They are computers. They can get viruses.

Some people might not be aware that their devices are just as susceptible to viruses and malware as their PC. Apple customers are even starting to be targeted with malware as iPhones & iPads take a large share of the market – even the Apple iStore recently had its first app containing malware. Portable devices are a real target to cyber criminals exactly because these are more personal devices: users are very likely to be conducting personal business on them (like internet banking) and more likely to be storing personal information on them (account numbers, addresses, phone numbers etc).

You can (and should) install antivirus software on them.

All major antivirus companies have a version of their software for all the major portable operating systems – Android & Windows. Apple has such tight control over their app approval process that there generally isn’t a need for antivirus unless you have JailBreaked your iPhone (installed software allowing your iPhone to use non-approved apps). Use a reputable antivirus company’s product – it’s such a new industry that many of the free antivirus apps, simply don’t pick up most of the malware!

Protect your information in case you lose it or it gets stolen.

Backup your Data A no-brainer, really, yet still amazing how many people don’t.

Lock your smart phone when it’s not in use

Treat it just like you would your email account – close it with a password when not in use.

 Use a Security App based

There are also apps which allow you to remotely control your device – specifically, allowing you to lock or wipe the phone if you lose it. For example, the best Anti-Virus Apps allow you to:

  • makes your phone let out a loud alarmsmart-phone-viruses
  • take a photo of the thief
  • track your phone’s location so you know where the thief is
  • wipe all the information
  • lock everyone else out
Know what you’re installing. Read the fine print.

The popularity of a huge range of apps available cheaply makes them seem harmless, even disposable. Yet you can usually find out at your app store what areas of your device’s system the app accesses. Make sure that it all makes sense – many apps won’t need access to your contact list or browsing history, so be sure to check what you’re installing! Also take a few moments to read some reviews of the apps you’re thinking about – one of the great things about the internet community is that there are always people ready to warn others about dangers.

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