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PC Security - Cell Phone Viruses

You've probably installed the latest version of virus and malware protection software on your personal computer, whether it is ZoneAlarm Security Suite, Norton Antivirus, Mcafee virus scan, or another antivirus solution. Hopefully, if you run Norton, you've upgraded from Norton Antivirus 2005 to Norton Antivirus 2007. You have also hopefully locked down your firewall system as tightly as you possibly can. You've taught others who use your computer in your home about using the computer safely. You've taken all of the proper steps to secure your home pc. But have you thought about securing your cell phone?

Cell phones that connect to the Internet are just as vulnerable as pc's. The class of people out there that will maliciously hack and create viruses are never ending. Today, we have cell phones, PDAs, and other mobile devices, and these hackers and creators of viruses have more to play with. Think about this: there are more than 500 million people in China alone who have some type of mobile device. Don't think for a minute that malicious people are not going to tap into that market.

Now, while a mobile device doesn't usually use Microsoft Windows, they do have an operating system, and they do use various applications. These operating systems and applications are usually provided through a chip that is inside the device. Obviously, it would be very hard for someone to plant a virus on such a chip - but these days, we have the ability to download music and games and such to our mobile devices, which in turn opens us up to security threats.

If you downloaded a picture, such as a .jpg to your cell phone, and then in turn uploaded that .jpg from your cell phone to your computer, you may very well have just infected your own computer with a virus! Viruses can be stored in just about any type of file. This is one way that cell phones are used to break security. However, there are also viruses that affect the cell phone itself. For example, the .jpg in our example may not have had an effect on the cell phone, just on the computer the picture was uploaded to. However, had the virus been designed to affect the cell phone, it could have erased files, grabbed information stored on the cell phone, or scrambled or erased icons.

If you access email from your cell phone, there is even more risk. There are viruses that are designed to only affect cell phones, and not pc's. If you downloaded a harmful attachment with your email on your cell phone, that attachment could be designed to infect your cell phone or mobile device.

There are so many ways that mobile devices can be infected. Mobile devices are designed to be wireless, and to interact with other wireless and wired devices. They often use Bluetooth technology to do this, and they often use either Windows Mobile or Symbian operating system. Even sending and receiving simple SMS text messages, which is quite popular, can infect your cell phone. Someone can easily infect your cell phone just standing thirty or forty feet from you - they don't have to call you!

To prevent this, make sure that you keep your mobile anti-virus software up to date, and close or disable open Bluetooth ports as well. When you purchase a cell phone, ask the distributor for more specific security tips as well, or contact the manufacturer.

  PC Security: Index
  PC Security: Internet Browsers
  PC Security: Spam
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 1
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 2
  PC Security: Spam Scams
  PC Security: Email Security and Spam
  PC Security: Email Security
  PC Security: Computer Viruses
  PC Security: Protecting Computers From Viruses
  PC Security: Worm Viruses
  PC Security: Trojan Horse Viruses
  PC Security: Rootkits
  PC Security: Removing a Virus
  PC Security: Virus Hoaxes
  PC Security: Server Viruses
  PC Security: Home Network
  PC Security: Cell Phone Viruses
  PC Security: Spyware
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 1
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 2
  PC Security: Parental Control Software
  PC Security: Malware - Spyware and Adware
  PC Security: Data Backups
  PC Security: Pop Up Windows
  PC Security: Safe Public Computer Use

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