The smartphone are very useful and efficient nowadays because they can do all sorts of tasks. They are mini computers, which can connect to the internet, send files, display videos, and so on.
Phones vulnerable to viruses
Computers, as you might know, can be infected by viruses. Because of this, the majority of the computer users have an antivirus installed on their PC. What many do not know is the fact that the smartphones can also be infected by virus programs. Despite of this fact, not too many smartphone users have an antivirus program installed. Because of this, it is very easy for the phones to be hacked, which can lead to lots of financial losses for the owners of the phones. According to Norton Security, 34 percent of the Americans report losing their phone, and thus putting their personal information and passwords at risk.
It seems that the Android operating system has seen the highest amounts of virus attacks. They are outselling the Apple, Windows 7 or BlackBerry models, and because of that, they are a very important target. The Android system is very vulnerable, because it is open base. This means that anyone can create an application and upload. Google does not scan the application as Apple does, and as a result, lots of malware could be uploaded. Anything can be uploaded on the Android Market, even if it is malicious.
According to Tim Armstrong a malware researcher at Kaspersky Labs, it is very easy to create a program that can infect the system. A hacker can download any regular application, make some modifications, and then upload it on the Android Market. Of course, the ones who make these malicious programs have some interests in it, which is money. One of the most popular malware programs signs up your phone to a very expensive SMS service. You have no idea about it, until you receive the bill. There are programs which send personal information to the hacker. As soon as you put in your password, he will receive it. He could read your messages, see your photos, and so on.
Many smartphone attacks are just like the computer ones. For example, there are the phishing e-mails, which try to trick you intro providing your personal information. In the majority of the cases, the message will ask you to provide information regarding your bank account. In case you do what the message says, you might end up losing all the money from your bank account. These types of messages are now also sent via the phones. People might receive text messages, or prerecorded calls which tell them to provide this information.
How to protect your phone
The phone can also be attacked through the Wi-Fi network. There are too many Wi-Fi networks to know which one is safe, and which one isn’t. There are also cases when a harmless link will send you to a website containing malicious content, and thus it will infect your smartphone. It is very important to be aware of these dangers, to have an antivirus program installed, and to set a password for all your important data.