Malware on your Cellphone?

Cellphone apps are fun and can help you be more productive, but they also have the potential to be malicious. Make sure you use due caution before installing these apps on your phone (just as you should on your PC). Check out this article on  tested.com that gives some tips for spotting fishy apps: http://www.tested.com/news/how-to-spot-scams-and-malware-apps-on-android/862/

Android is the subject of the article, but there is a chance that this could happen to iphones or other smart-phones.

Remember, be safe out there… even on your cellphone.

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You’re not invincible ;)

A pet peeve of mine is when someone says such and such platform never gets viruses. There are actually malicious programs targeted at all platforms. But you don’t need to take my word for it:

A malicious spyware application is circulating on the… Mac OS X platform, distributed by Mac applications and screen savers found on Websites. http://www.crn.com/security/225300210

Share of the Mac operating system is growing, and with it the number of malware threats targeting the platform. http://m.news.com/2166-12_3-10318943-245.html

There is this rumor going around that Linux is virus free. http://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6229

And what of of all the smart phones out there. They just like computers, with their ability to run 3rd party software, why wouldn’t they be just as vulnerable.

…and we have a malicious iPhone worm that can steal data and even take control of the phone. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iphone-virus-botnet-bank-details,9136.html

…they discovered that malware was infecting Windows Mobile phones as well. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/malware_strikes_windows_mobile_apps

These are by no means isolated incidents either. Go ahead and Google it. So, don’t forget to practice safe computer techniques. Think before you click, stay away from shady parts of the internet, use a firewall, etc. You know the drill 😉