Why Your Smartphone and Tablet Need Antivirus Protection

article by Hector A. author
There is a universal consensus that antivirus software is essential for PCs and laptops. However, it is less clear how important antivirus protection is on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, the internet is awash with malware.

This takes on many forms including adware, pop-ups, worms, Trojans, keystroke loggers and more. Mobile devices span the full spectrum with iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, and there is little clarity about the need for antivirus software on these mobile devices. Did you know that Google doesn’t screen apps for malware? That’s why so many Android devices become infected with malicious code.

One of the most common examples of malware to infect Android devices is ransomware. For many reasons, it is vital that Android devices are protected against such threats, since malicious apps can do terrible damage. There are many examples of ransomware on Android, including Svpeng. By the time he was apprehended, the creator of Svpeng was found to have stolen approximately $930,000 and infected 350,000 Android devices.

Can Apps Install without the User’s Consent?

It’s possible for users to be tricked into installing apps without their express consent. One such example of this is a universal cross-site scripting attack. Once the user clicks on a malicious link, the cybercriminal can easily execute an attack on the device via JavaScript. This bypasses all antivirus protection currently in force on the computer. The user is then ‘hacked’ by the cybercriminal who installs whatever apps they want on the smartphone or tablet.

Another common form of malware is the Android PowerOffHijack. This intercepts the shutdown process of a mobile, but the device remains operational. Hackers can implement a wide variety of functions on the phone including taking pictures, making calls, sending messages and downloading apps. One of the leading antivirus programs for Android devices and Mac devices is Panda.  It offers Wi-Fi protection, data protection and backups, a password manager, and a free trial. The malware scanner is adept at blocking most major threats, and it updates constantly to provide security against new threats.

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iOS Smartphone Malware to Guard Against

iOS devices are not immune to threats. Research has discovered several new types of malware especially harmful to Apple iOS devices. The malware recently discovered is known as AceDeceiver. What is particularly troubling about this malware is that it infects non-jailbroken devices. Hackers have figured out a way to bypass the strict security protocols of Apple iOS devices. The rising popularity of iOS makes these smartphones and tablets a prime target for hackers.

According to the security company Bit9 + Carbon Black, the number of infected iOS devices in 2015 exceeded the total number of infected iOS devices for all five years before that. The malware infects iOS devices when they are connected to a Windows PC. The corrupted apps require users to enter their Apple IDs and password information, which then puts the device at risk. Users are encouraged to install antivirus software such as McAfee. It offers VirusScan for Mac, which is a complete anti-malware protection system against Trojans, adware, malware, and spyware. It is also capable of guarding against email threats.