You probably heard and you are aware – yes, there are viruses for your mobile phone. And yes, you need an antivirus as protection, as well.
Is it that hard to believe that mobile phones can be infected as well? First of all, there are hundreds of millions of mobile users who have Internet access on it. The mobile market is the electronics segment with the biggest increase over the past years. The operating systems have become more and more complex and the Internet connection speed and number of applications used have increased at a rapid pace.
Obviously, a mobile device is harder to infect than a PC but we must be aware of the fact the majority of Android and iOS applications are created by the users, therefore they could contain exploitable security holes.
What would you lose if your mobile phone got infected?
The problem could become even worse than a PC infection. You could lose access or the total data:
- Contacts (phone numbers, e-mail addresses, important notes)
- Information about credit card
- Important E-mail passwords
- Passwords of social network accounts
- Internet access
- Access to the mobile network based on your phone plan.
Well, if we sum up all these elements we realize that you could easily get infected by using an unverified application. The situation could get worse and that application could trigger SMS sending to numbers with preferential tariff; copy smartphone’s inside information; infect socializing network accounts.
If you are luck and your mobile operator “cares” about you, it will inform you beforehand of the unusual high costs. But, if this will not happen, you could end up with a 200-300$ bill or even more.
We are not trying to scary you here make you drop your smartphone and never use it again. But, in order to protect yourself, you first need to understand the risks and acknowledge the worst possible scenarios. Here are some advices to protect your mobile phone from such undesirable happenings.
- For each type of phone/type of operating system there is also an applications store where applications are gathered, cataloged, verified for them to be safe for you to use on your phone. Use that one and avoid installing individually downloaded application from other sources.
- The 3G Internet connection is safer than the WiFi one. Wireless access points, especially those that are unsecured, can be easily controlled by somebody that is connected with the same network. Avoid as much as possible that type of networks and if you find yourself inside an internet café, better ask for the password first.
- Try not to use third-party services of which you are not sure about. These services could include instant messaging or social media accounts. It’s better to use the official version of the developer.
- The password is a very important aspect at a mobile phone. Don’t use common words or easy deductible number combinations. A password like this one “john12345” is weak and could be easily broken. Try to use, instead, a longer and more “tangled” password, such as “x2<d(22?z<c>221>”.
- In the end, use an anti-virus program. Of course, there is a possibility that your Internet access could become slower. But, it’s better to protect yourself and make that type of concessions than to eventually lose important things.
Smartphones are slowly becoming our day-by-day companions and portable offices. It is advisable to keep them secure and safe for work.