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Your data is the target

Most of the virus codes attack specific types of files such as games, security patches, Ad-On functions, free-utility software etc. Sometimes, infected SMA text files might carry viruses, but the received SMS does not affect your mobile, until you open and install the attached files or programs- normally, cell ph. Viruses do not have the ability for auto-installation, which is certainly good news.

To make sure your cell phone remain virus free, the first preventive is making sure that you transfer data from your mobile from virus free devices, and second prevention is not to install any unknown software attached to incoming SMS into your phone. This safety measures are really helpful for those who want to maintain privacy, because some highly developed viruses might even steal your private messages or even leak your SMS to any of your business contenders. Stay alert of mobile viruses and have a safe digital life.

So right away, the potential for trouble from a single app is fairly limited. But it also means that there’s not much an antivirus could do either. Any antivirus software you install on a phone would not be able to scan any other app, or any data used by those apps. There is antivirus software out there for iOS and Android, but unless you jailbreak or root your device, their abilities are limited. For example, VirusBarrier is a $2.99 iOS antivirus available in the App Store. But it doesn’t actively scan anything, because it can’t. Instead, if you want to scan an email attachment, you have to send it off to the app from within mail. This makes the process fairly annoying, and is of minimal use.

On Android there are more active scanners such as Avast! Mobile Security, where you can set up daily or weekly scans, but again, some of its functions only work on rooted phones. Besides, right now there hasn’t been any real virus on modern smartphones. Instead, the threat is usually different. What we’ve seen are apps that can read and transmit information from the phone. There have been cases where rogue Android apps managed to get into the Market and would read all your contacts, sending them off to a third-party. Other apps would start sending SMS messages to a foreign address in the hope to raise your bill. So far, we haven’t seen much malware that would somehow manage to read confidential data from other apps; however, they’re always evolving, as in this report, “Remote-controlled Android malware stealing banking credentials” by ZDNet’s Ryan Naraine.