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Antivirus For Cell Phones?

Post by Astronix on 24th November 2010, 3:23 pm

Hello! I found this topic via my AT&T internet, and while reading it, it's quite interesting! To think that technology is advancing to this. Anyways, enjoy!

Wise up, make sure your smartphone is protected

Published: 11/3/10, 4:39 PM EDT
By Claudia Buck,McClatchy Newspapers

With so many of us accessing the Internet or storing sensitive data on our iPhones, Droids or BlackBerrys, our mobile phones are increasingly vulnerable to cyberthieves.

The California Office of Privacy Protection is warning consumers to protect their smart phones against the same types of dangers hackers, viruses that can lurk within a big, bulky computer or laptop.

"We treat them like it's only a phone, but it's really a little computer that has the same kind of vulnerability as your PC," said privacy office chief Joanne McNabb.

McNabb said consumers download apps that may not contain enough security coding to thwart hackers.

Or smart phone users may be unaware they need the same type of anti-virus and anti-malware protections used on their home or work computers.

In one case earlier this year, a mobile game, "3D Anti-terrorist Action," inadvertently allowed hackers to rack up expensive, international phone bills on users' phones.

McNabb's tips:

Install the same type of software and security programs you'd want on your computer. There are mobile versions of security software from the same companies that offer products for your desktop. Or contact your phone service provider for guidance.

Check out apps before downloading them. Look on review sites, such as www.whatapp.org which rates some apps for privacy and security.

Be aware. Although it's a challenge on a small screen, read the app's privacy policy to be sure your data aren't being shared. Try to avoid or limit such sharing.



(c) 2010, The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.).

Visit The Sacramento Bee online at http://www.sacbee.com/.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.


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