Antivirus Protection for Mobile Phones

This week I’m shifting my attention from computers and onto those smaller ‘computers’ which many of us use and call ‘smartphones’ or just ‘mobiles’. It seems that many of us who are used to using antivirus software on our larger computers have completely forgotten or not even considered protecting our mobiles.

The fact is, is that they are becoming increasingly targeted by virus creators, and for obvious reasons – we internet bank from smartphones, text personal information to our loved ones, pay for online goods via Ebay and Amazon as well as many other important things – essentially much of what we would utilize a fully fledged computer for.

I’m going to probably surprise you with this but I actually tried more than a few antivirus programs on my mobile for comparisons sake and decided to eventually STOP using one for a while! The result when I scanned my mobile for viruses after a few months with NO PROTECTION was that the phone appeared virus free! Now maybe I was just lucky but what I know about Android phones is that when you attempt to install new software you are given a list information/permissions for what that software requires of your phone. I simply refuse to install anything that asks for too many permissions or permission to do things that seem unnecessary for the programs needs. This is how myself or whoever the user happens to be, becomes almost like an antivirus or firewall. We become part of the phones security and this is an attitude I suggest adopting for when also installing new software on your ‘larger’ computers.

The mobile antivirus that I most wanted to try out was Emsisoft Mobile Security. Regular readers will probably know why, and it’s because Emsisoft’s track record with producing excellent Microsoft Windows antivirus software is exceptional and among the best in the World.

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My first impressions of Emsisoft Mobile Security was that it seemed to have many of the features other mobile antivirus already use. I even became unsure that it was effective at all so decided to test it’s effectiveness with using a ‘fake’ virus that is used to test antivirus detection capabilities. The ‘fake’ virus was detected and blocked immediately. I have been surfing the web and the antivirus is very quiet so I can’t be sure of how well it works in-the-wild, but rest assured knowing Emsisoft’s record of quality products my mobile is now back in safe hands 🙂

Smartphones and Tablets: Two Suggestions That May Help You Stay Secure

Even if you check the permissions before installing an APP they can still send you unwanted advertising in the form of adverts to your messaging service which of course is a form of privacy violation. A way around this can be to use Webroot SecureAnywhere which should detect and quarantine them before they cause too much trouble.

To use your mobile at an airport or similar public WIFI spot safely it’s possible to use Hotspot Shield VPN. It is however likely that even though it protects your data from theft at a public level the Government would still have complete access to your data.

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by Stephen Bryen

Smartphones and tablets are great! Unlike desktop computers and “schlep-tops” (laptops that you have to haul around), the smartphone can be attached to your waste or wrist or dropped in your coat pocket or bag. It is super-transportable
–and powerful.

The average smartphone today has all the computational power of a computer, a slimmed down operating system, rapid loading of countless APPS (the majority of which are free), and connectivity almost anywhere in the world.
What’s not to like? And like them we do, as does the world. Even though the pace of adoption is just starting to slow, the number of smartphones passed 1 billion units in the third quarter of 2012. That’s a lot of smartphones which have been sold far more rapidly than the PC.

So we should be happy as a lark, or at least as happy as the telecoms who sell us…

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