Aspect IT: Do you need Anti-Virus for your mobile phone?

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By Peter Dorotiak, Director of Aspect IT

Do you need Anti-Virus for your mobile phone?

Our helpdesk team is asked this question quite frequently and the answer we give is ‘possibly’.

This is because it is impossible to give a definitive answer without knowing which mobile device you have and what you use it for.

Following are the main questions we would ask before providing advice. This should help you make an informed choice.

What type of phone do you have?

There is a big difference between the types of mobile phones and their security. We’ll stick to the main three: Apple, Android and Windows.

Apple are possibly the most secure mobile phone. This is because of the rigorous testing performed in the App Store. However, this doesn’t include any Jail Broken iPhones, which are very susceptible to attacks.

On a side note, Apple has recently been removing anti-virus apps from its store. Although there are quite a few remaining, there has been a notable decrease and Apple haven’t stated why. Maybe they consider their IOS to be secure enough?

Android malware attacks are on the increase and you should definitely consider anti-virus protection. The most common type of malware attack is on apps that run in the background to keep personal information. This is worrying as banking apps work this way.

Windows Phones are the same as Windows PCs; they are extremely vulnerable to attacks. You should always consider using an anti-virus product.

What do you use it for?

If you use your mobile phone to simply make calls, then there isn’t a lot a hacker could steal from you.

However, if you store sensitive information or use banking, PayPal, eBay or other similar apps, then you should consider using anti-virus. Also, business mobile phones may have confidential emails or data, so this is also a factor to consider.

Conclusion

There isn’t a simple yes or no answer when considering anti-virus for your mobile phone. All factors should be taken into account. But always remember the most common ways of a device getting a virus is by a user accepting something they see on a screen or downloading infected software. So stay safe and be careful what you install or the web links you click on.

 

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