How does your smartphone or tablet get a virus?

Find out how they can become infected so you can stay one step ahead.

Find out how they can become infected so you can stay one step ahead.

Smartphone and tablet viruses can slow down your device and compromise your personal information. In part one of a two-part article, Ryan explains how your smart device can become infected.

Dealing with computers over the years has made most computer users knowledgeable when it comes to avoiding malware or viruses. However, many people still think of smartphones and tablets as impenetrable. While viruses and malware are certainly less likely to infect your smart device than your PC, they’re still out there.

Here are the most common ways your smartphone or tablet can become infected:

Downloading apps from unofficial app stores
When downloading apps for your devices, make sure you stick to official app stores, such as iTunes or Google Play. Employees monitor these locations and attempt to ensure that malware doesn’t appear, but malware can still slip through the cracks. Downloading apps from third-party stores isn’t always a death sentence for your device. It’s just important that you weigh up the risk before proceeding.

Downloading untrustworthy apps
As malware can still be found on official app stores, another way malware can find its way into your device is through official app store purchases or downloads. Sticking to apps with good ratings that have been on the app store for a little while will greatly reduce your chances of downloading malware.

Suspicious links
Clicking on suspicious links can lead you to malevolent websites with viruses and malware. You should keep the same level of vigilance you use on your computer to avoid malware, and this includes recognising suspicious emails and websites as fake.

Tomorrow, we’ll tell you how to get rid of a smartphone virus, should your device become infected.



    To make a comment, please register or login
    22nd Mar 2017
    That is only part of the story!
    Regular anti virus scans as well as regular updates of your anti virus software.
    Never enter any suspicious or strange looking email address that do not have the http type of format or no dot coms.
    Do not enter any pop up ads nor gaudy or sleazy looking ads.
    Do not share Facebook requests when instructed to no matter how important it appears to be.
    Never follow the advice nor instructions of a sudden website that popups in the middle of your browsing saying that you have a virus or malware but RESTART your phone or computer immediately!
    I know that there would be more as I am no expert at this .
    I am merely passing on advice given to me and from my experience, both good and bad.

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