Cell phones forum: Should we be concerned about viruses on our smartphones?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) January 28, 2011 1:55 PM PST

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Should we be concerned about viruses on our smartphones?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 1/28/11 1:55 PM

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Should we be concerned about viruses on our smartphones?


My smartphone is my daily life line to cyberspace and it's with me at all times. As more people like me use their smartphones for their everyday tasks--surfing the Internet, e-mail, banking, running apps, etc., (and of course phone calls!), should we all be concerned with viruses, spyware, and other malware that can hurt our devices or tap into our phone to steal private data from it? I haven't really heard of such cases, but I want to be prepared for the worst. What's the chances of my smartphone getting infected by a virus or even someone hacking into it that could really mess it up? Are there already virus protection programs available for smartphones? Am I just being a bit too paranoid to something that is a non-issue? Any information or facts and advice would be very helpful. Thanks.

--Submitted by David L.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
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Smartphone security... --Submitted by John.Wilkinson
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7817_102-5073660.html

Should we be concerned about viruses on our smartphones? --Submitted by ajtrek
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7817_102-5073132.html

Adding to ajtrek robust response --Submitted by Charleseye
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7817_102-5073668.html

Be aware of geotagging in response to ajtrek-- Submitted by warpete
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7817_102-5074546.html

Smartphones can get viruses - but it's very complicated. --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7817_102-5073438.html

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