How Important Is Antivirus For A Smartphone?

Have you installed anti-virus software in your phone? Wondering whether installing such software in your phone is really necessary or if the mobile security companies crying wolf? Then you must read on to know whether there exists any real virus threat for smartphones.

A new study by mobile security company NQ Mobile found that mobile malware grew by 163 percent by the year 2012. The Android platform is the most vulnerable for such threats. Today, cybercriminals have found out creative ways to break into smartphones and mobile devices. So, you do need a good antivirus application for your smartphone. But, what are the available antiviruses in the market? How effective they are against all types of malware attacks? And, whether you are right in choosing a particular anti-virus application? Let us see…

How does a modern smartphone work?

Modern smartphones do not typically work like computer systems. In smartphones, each application is given its special work environment. Unlike a computer, every app is incapable to access other apps’ data. This is a highly secured practice as compared to computers. No malicious software can actually do any harm by simply being installed.

If you install an application in iOS from the App Store, you can be sure of it being safe and secure. But in case of Android phones, Google introduced “Bouncer” to help scan for problem apps before downloading. However, still problems sneak in and you need to be careful.

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So what can an anti-virus do?

It is not possible for such software to scan any other apps owing to the unique functionality of smartphones. But if you jailbreak or root your phone it is possible to scan mobile apps for malicious software.

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How do available anti-viruses in the market work?

There are quite a few anti-viruses available in the market for iOS and Android. For example, VirusBarrier is an iOS app that is available at the App Store for $2.99. However, it cannot actively scan anything! If you want to scan your email or any attachment, you need to send it off to the anti-virus app from within the mail for scanning.

In case of Android, a popular mobile anti-virus is Avast! Mobile Security. It is a good software, but works to its full potential only in a rooted phone.

What is the real threat to a smartphone?

There are some applications that are not detected as “viruses”, but they manage to leak important information from your smartphone, like your contacts. These applications send such details from your phone to an undesired third-party. There are also applications that send SMS messages to unknown, foreign numbers thus, raising your mobile bill in the process.

What should you do to prevent viruses?

The most important thing you can do to avoid viruses is to be careful. Make sure you are not downloading apps from just any website. In addition to that, you should use phone’s security features to make it secure from hackers in case of phone theft. Furthermore, you can also stop sending and receiving important documents using your phone. Instead, you can use your computer for doing such important tasks.

If you use your smartphone carefully, you can prevent problems like hacking and virus infection. Cyber criminals will think of innovative ways to use important information stored in your phone. You need to be a smart user.