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Is there a doctor in the house?

Are viruses on smartphones real, or just the latest media hype designed to make a quick buck for those pushing their solution?

Worm: usually transmitted via messages SMS or MMS, and do not require user interaction for execution. Its main objective is to reproduce and spread to other devices, so it can be copied endlessly to collapse itself operating system of terminal and infect as many terminal is as available at your fingertips. They may also contain harmful instructions.

Trojan: usually appear in format executable or applications downloaded in the device, seemingly harmless and attractive to the user to be executed by it. When activated, the part of malware starts and can generate a lot of damage from the infection and deactivation of other applications itself phone leaving it unusable until the usurpation data (spyware) syncing with calendars, email accounts, notes and any other source of information before being sent to an remote server. In this case, the user interaction is essential for the activation of the virus.

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From desktop to mobile

There’s a scam criminals love to pull, one adapted from the desktop: bogus antivirus apps. Think about it: You’re browsing the app store when you see Malware Killer Pro Free, which looks totally legitimate and promises complete, real-time protection from viruses, spyware, phishing, the whole enchilada. And maybe that’s exactly what it does—or maybe it’s a fake, an app that gathers up your private data and sends it off to the bad guys.

Among the new threats discovered last year was a malicious Google Android application that once downloaded would use a security vulnerability to take control and quietly begin sending premium rate text messages. The number was set up by the malware developers, netting them instant profits.

The relative vulnerability of Android phones and the iPhone is a major advantage in the corporate market for the BlackBerry. It can be easily set up by IT departments to use strong encryption and so that users cannot download applications.

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Should I be worried?

Your data is the target

Most of the virus codes attack specific types of files such as games, security patches, Ad-On functions, free-utility software etc. Sometimes, infected SMA text files might carry viruses, but the received SMS does not affect your mobile, until you open and install the attached files or programs- normally, cell ph. Viruses do not have the ability for auto-installation, which is certainly good news.

To make sure your cell phone remain virus free, the first preventive is making sure that you transfer data from your mobile from virus free devices, and second prevention is not to install any unknown software attached to incoming SMS into your phone. This safety measures are really helpful for those who want to maintain privacy, because some highly developed viruses might even steal your private messages or even leak your SMS to any of your business contenders. Stay alert of mobile viruses and have a safe digital life.