Happy Friday! Hope this newsletter finds everyone well! This week's topic is on security around smartphones. If you're a person who is dependent on a smartphone for work and personal use or possibly moving on to one in the near future, I would highly suggest paying attention to this topic.
As more and more people like you and I adapt to a lifestyle on the go and smartphones becoming an integral part of our life, you should be concerned about viruses, spyware, and other malware that can hurt our devices or compromise our personal data. Simply put by member hgilreath1: "Any device that connects to the Internet is susceptible to viruses, malware, and potentially hackers." And you can bet as the masses continue to adapt to smartphones, there will be more and more attacks on them. As a couple of members pointed out, you should treat your smartphone like a computer and not only protect it from the harmful elements of cyberspace, but also be smart about using the phone and not being reckless by visiting harmful sites, downloading suspicious or untrusted apps, etc. With that said, this week many of our members have shared their knowledge on what smartphone threats that they can face and many tips on how you can keep your smartphone from being compromised or tainted by viruses and other nasty elements. So please read up and get protected.
If you are looking for mobile security apps, don't forget to check out CNET Download mobile apps section, as they have plenty to go around for all types of phones. Thank you everyone for your contributions. If you have a story about your smartphone being compromised or infected by malware, please share your story in the discussion. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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.
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