Virus Threats on Smartphones May Be Over Inflated

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MacAfee reported that Google’s mobile platform is the most vulnerable and the company believes that malicious codes aimed at the OS have increased by about 37 percent. In general, security analysts have examined trends on cyber attacks on mobile devices and signs are clear that, more hackers are making Android their primary target. Even so, users are asking whether the threats are as bad as those software security firms are making it seem. Security warnings can make us scared and leave us quaking in our boots, consequently many users of Android smartphone are buying antivirus and anti-malware software in droves.

However, it is important to remember that security companies may play on our fears and they simply try to sell us protection package for Android, iOS and RIM. Some of them are in fact scammers and charlatans. If sales numbers are going down, a security company may have no other choice than spreading misleading news.

Vast majority of security warnings in the smartphone industry is “possible, but not certain”. Unlike PCs, barriers between smartphones are quite wide and it is more difficult for malware to traverse them, unless it can gain legitimate access. Of course, there is some truth to what these firms are telling us; smartphones, regardless of what the platform is used can be infected with viruses through careless use. Fortunately, there hasn’t been a serious epidemic of viruses that spread from phone to phone. However, if smartphone and tablet is very important to you, it never hurts to exercise extra caution.

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