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Should You Have Anti-Virus on Your Cell Phone?

Posted on April 13, 2017.

Everyone knows that with computers it is best to have antivirus measures in place because there are a lot of malware and infections out there that could harm your system.  The same can be said about your smartphone.  Most people probably don’t know that their phones can become infected. However, it is recommended that you probably need some sort of security application on your smartphone or tablet because there are security vulnerabilities in these devices, just like those in computers.  How likely you are to be infected with malware and your options for protection depend greatly on your device.

Android app stores, including Google’s own store, have a history of being lenient when it comes to screening the apps that are available for download.  They have a history of letting in quite a few apps that contain Android-specific malware.  Ransomware is another threat that has been on the rise over the last few years and protecting your phone against it could save you a lot of trouble if you accidently download one.  Applications such as Norton Mobile Security and Kaspersky Lab will help protect your Android device from possible infections, and have a minimal impact on battery life and performance.

The antivirus situation is a bit different on iOS from that on Android.  Apple is much stricter with its App Store than Google and other Android app provides, which means you’re less likely to download an infectious application from the App Store.  For this reason, Apple doesn’t even allow true antivirus applications in its App Store because they are just not needed.  Also, iOS is very secure from the ground up so the security apps that you do find only have a limited scanning ability.  Malicious advertisements from websites is still a possibility on iOS, but using an adblocker will help in that regard.

Contact Computer Solutions of Freehold if you need to secure your cell phone!