Why Your Smartphone May Need Anti-Virus Software

Touch screen mobile phoneIphones, Blackberrys and other types of smartphones are just small, handheld computers.  In fact, many of today’s phones have computing power that far surpasses that of the earliest microcomputers.

Increasingly, we use our phones to do more than just talk to clients and read e-mail.  The newer phone applications let us store passwords, do banking transactions, manage our prescriptions and medical records, and handle other sensitive data.  As a result, our phones are a perfect target for hackers.

Cell phones are easier to hack into than our laptop or desktop computers. In addition, most of us know not to open suspicious files or e-mail when we’re using our computers.  But we’re not so vigilant with messages we get on our phones.  We’re much more likely to click on an odd-looking link or open a questionable message when it pops up on our Iphone.

The good news is, there aren’t a lot of cell phone viruses out there–at least not compared to the number of viruses aimed at our computers.  The fact that there are several different carriers and many different mobile phone operating systems makes it tough for hackers to mount a massive attack against smartphone users.  But as the number of smartphone users grows, the number of criminals writing malicious code for them will probably also grow.

Right now, there’s not one anti-virus product that will protect every phone.  Again, that’s because we’ve all got different phones from different carriers.  Check with your carrier about anti-virus software that will keep your phone running smoothly.

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