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MWC 2105 Smartphone Virus

Users warned to be more vigilant than ever

At the 2015 annual mobile jamboree, MWC, mobile vendors warned users of the relentless increase in malware, phishing and virus attacks aimed specifically at smartphone and tablet users. Throughout 2014, 99% of all smartphone malware was aimed at the Android platform. This is clearly a huge issue for users since its market share in 2015 is now at 84.5%.

Real financial threats

If you can protect the hardware from damage, do not forget the inside too. Android is more open than iOS, and even if you stick to the Play Store, malware can still infect your device. All is not lost, however, as Samsung has wisely partnered with Intel Security to pre-load its anti-malware solution, McAfee VirusScan Mobile, on its phones.

Serious disruption

James Lyne, global head of security research at anti-virus firm Sophos, said phone makers must do more to warn customers of the risks of attack on their unencrypted phones.

Most consumer smartphones are not designed primarily with security in mind, with the exception of certain specialised models.

PC use fall further behind smartphones and tablets

The exponential increase in the ownership of mobile devices with internet access in the last couple of years triggered a rapid increase in the amount of mobile internet users worldwide. The two devices that have seen the most explosive growth in use are the smartphone and the tablet computer.

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 Security experts issued the following advice:

  • Do not download and install applications from untrusted source.
  • Install applications downloaded from reputed application market only.
  • Run a full system scan on device with mobile security or anti-virus solution.
  • Exercise caution while visiting trusted/untrusted sites for clicking links.
  • Avoid using unsecured, unknown Wi-Fi networks.
  • Make a practice of taking regular backup of Android device