These days, most everyone knows they must protect themselves from viruses, Trojans, worms, and other types of malware on their home computers and laptops. But few people have given much thought to protecting themselves on their mobile devices, including cell phones, iPods, and other notebook or tablet computers.
Mobile device virus and malware problems are still in their infancy, but the first cell phone virus was found in 2004. And mobile devices have vulnerabilities that are just as problematic as the problems found on laptop and desktop computers. And in some ways, these vulnerabilities are made more serious because these devices often contain sensitive information. Given that these devices are easily left behind, easily misplaced, and subject to falling into the wrong hands, users should consider ways to protect both their data and their identity Living Tired.
Cell phones and other devices have become more than just ways of making phone calls, and they function as more than just electronic address books. They contain photos, mp3s, sensitive business information, and a vast array of other private data. Emails that come to mobile devices often contain sensitive attachments. Losing one of these devices brings up privacy concerns and concerns about data loss that is of a sentimental rather than private nature.
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Antivirus software for mobile devices takes into consideration all of these things. It can protect from viruses, Trojan horses, and malware and help protect from the data and privacy concerns due to losing or misplacing a device and even from the device becoming damaged. Most of the antiviruses for cell phone applications also protect personal data.
When seeking solutions to these problems, look for these features:
1. Look for software that uses a minimum amount of resources since you don’t want to slow your device down
2. Find a solution that scans incoming email, MMS, SMS as well as your email attachments
3. Protects against network attacks
4. Automatic virus protection updates
You can also find anti-virus solutions that provide even more robust protection against the consequences of lost devices, including features like these:
1. Parental controls
2. Help to locate a lost or stolen cell phone (using Google map coordinates)
3. Prevent unauthorized spam MMS and SMS
4. Hides contacts or other information from unauthorized users
5. Block calls and texts from particular numbers or users
6. Anti-theft protection, which blocks unauthorized users from using your phone if it was stolen
Some anti-virus for mobile applications will let you turn on privacy control remotely if your device is lost or stolen. The same technology that can help you find your phone when lost can help you track your child, which is an essential safety feature for parents.
Though mobile worms and viruses are still relatively uncommon, there are many reasons why you should set up your cell phone and other mobile devices to have protection against data loss, device loss, and other potential problems that could arise.