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Prevention is better than cure


From a functional point of view, there isn't much difference between cell phone viruses and computer viruses. Like any other computer virus, the cell virus is an executable file, which after attacking a device, often tries to copy itself with another program, then another and so on.

The bad news is that recently the rate of cell phone malware spread is increasing alarmingly. Almost all these viruses are prone to attack the most popular mobile OS on the market.

It is also possible for hackers to use similar vulnerabilities to spy on smartphone users, recording calls and text messages, for example to steal banking information. There are several companies that sell such services to law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including Andover-based Gamma Group International.

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In our world of corporate security where the threats are constant, most IT pros and administrators would not consider giving a computer to an employee without locking it down. Login systems, antivirus, network protection, and more provide a security-in-depth approach that is the norm for corporate life. Antivirus companies provide extensive suites to secure computers, networks, servers and more, with a central point of control. But what about smartphones? As iPhone and Android devices have become more and more popular, employees no longer consider their company-issued or BYOD phones to be just a communication device. Now, they use that phone to read email attachments, download documents, and even VPN inside the corporate firewall. So it’s no wonder that we often hear of the potential for security problems. Antivirus software on smartphones is now a growing sector of the market.