ADVERTISEMENT

Can My Smartphone Get a Virus?

Tech Talker: Quick and Dirty Tips to Navigate the Digital World
Tech Talker, Quick and Dirty Tips, Eric Escobar



Quick and Dirty Tips

Scientific American presents Tech Talker by Quick & Dirty Tips. Scientific American and Quick & Dirty Tips are both Macmillan companies.

Can my smartphone get a virus?

I hear this question a lot. It seems odd that we hear all the time about computers getting viruses or malware, but it isn't too often that you hear of a mobile phone getting a virus. But it happens. Phones are not immune to viruses.

That's why today, I'll be talking about phone viruses and vulnerabilities that affect the major phone operating systems such as AndroidiOSBlackBerry's QNX, and the Windows Phone.

Hopefully, you've listened to my episodes on how to remove viruseshow to prevent them, and the different types of viruses your computer can catch. If you haven't, go ahead and do it now, I'll wait....

Why Are There So Many Infected Computers and So Few Sick Phones?

OK, so the main question is how could there be so many viruses infecting computers, but so few instances of infection when it comes to phones?

The answer lies in how you install software onto your device.


Continue reading on QuickAndDirtyTips.com

Share this Article:

Comments

You must sign in or register as a ScientificAmerican.com member to submit a comment.
Scientific American Special Universe

Get the latest Special Collector's edition

Secrets of the Universe: Past, Present, Future

Order Now >

X

Email this Article

X