At the moment in the smartphone market Android is king. It is currently the most used operating system by some margin and most analysts expect this to continue. In some ways this resembles the rise of Microsoft Windows in the early nineties and like Windows Android’s popularity is coming with a big price tag – viruses. If you don’t believe me then check out the shear number of antivirus providers who are offering apps for Android.
Viruses on a smartphone? Yes you can get viruses on a smartphone just as easily as you can get viruses on Windows and usually it is down to the user. Let me explain. A lot of Windows users will go online looking for a specific package and just download it without really caring about where they get it from. It just so happens that when they download their package “added goodies” will be attached and downloaded too.
It is the same with Android. As Android has gained in popularity so these same users are using the same tactic to download their apps. If you use Google’s Play Store then you can generally be satisfied that the app you are downloading is free from viruses as Google does check all the apps in the store. Apple also does this with the App Store but they are generally more rigorous than Google hence the low level of viruses on iOS. But what about apps outside the Play Store? Here you are own your own. Some of the websites will be legitimate and you will have no problems while others will not be. It is a minefield waiting for you to trip up.
So what should you do? You could swap to another operating system (iOS, Windows Phone or Blackberry etc). You should only get your apps through the Play Store which minimises the threat but most importantly get yourself some decent antivirus for your phone. As said earlier there are plenty of antivirus companies providing Android apps.
So do you have an Android phone? Are you worried about viruses? Let me know!!
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