Tips to Avoid Mobile Phone Viruses

By: Gary Parsons

Our own personal security has never been so important. We are all aware that if we don't have a virus checker on our computers then the likeliness of getting infected is high but have you ever given much thought to what damage a virus can do on your mobile phone?

Viruses on Mobile Phones are on the increase, particularly on phones known to us as 'Smart Phones' but include cheap mobile phones too. Since 2003, over 7.3million Smart Phones have been sold and experts believe that there are over 300 viruses out there waiting to take advantage of this surge in technology offerings.

The first virus materialised back in 2004; although it proved harmless it shown that it was a possibility. The worm spreading the virus was known as Cabir, infecting phones running the ever popular Symbian operating system. The virus began spreading via Bluetooth, instantly scanning for more phones to exploit when infected.

So, what can we do to avoid picking up mobile phone viruses?

As you can read above, the most popular way of spreading viruses it via the popular Bluetooth technology and although we cannot completely avoid infections, we should be suspicious of any file wanting to send itself to your phone.

Games for our mobile phones are also becoming popular, so a suggestion would be to ensure you're downloading your games from reputable firm.

Many companies are developing ant-virus software and anticipate this market to grow the more we become able to customise our phones. It may be worth considering installing this software as a way to keep out unwanted infections.

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