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Is There Really a Need For Antivirus Software and Services? PDF Print E-mail

Antivirus software and services are designed to help keep your computer safe. Businesses, large and small, are at particular risk. Most businesses have some sort of accounting records stored somewhere on their computers. This is typical to help keep track of payments made, payments owed, and to help determine the potential for profits beyond the current fiscal year.

This naturally puts them at risk for viruses used for the intention of breaking into the computers and finding this information. If you were looking to steal credit card numbers and other personal information, wouldn't you want to get the most information possible for your time and effort? It takes just as long to send out a virus and decode the information that it returns for a single individual's computer as it does for a computer operated by a business.

Viruses can be equally detrimental when it comes to your business computer's operational abilities. Picking up a virus that attacks the hard drive can wipe out your ability to operate, which usually means you need a replacement computer fast. This can be an unbearable additional expense for small businesses or businesses that are already looking at a financial hardship for other reasons.

Alternatively, any trade secrets that you might keep on a business computer can be stolen through a virus. This can put your business at risk for tampering as well as ruin your business' unique product or service line. It's really just not worth the risk to operate without being fully protected.

Antivirus software and services can help prevent the potential disasters that can happen from picking up a virus. While there are many viruses that are designed to simply track your online activities to help advertisers figure out what will appeal to you, there are others that are sinister in nature.

Think of computer virus creation very much like any other business. It's an illegal business designed to get the most information possible for as little time and effort. Daily, viruses are created to get around the old school antivirus protection. Installing last year's software just isn't enough. Criminals are thinking of new ways to get into computers all the time. You need a software company or service that stays on top of the latest viruses to help keep your computers safe from destructive uses.

There are things out there on the internet that can be placed in many files. Attaching them to those files and transmitting them to your computer, you can become infected by a virus. This type of thing can happen all the time. That's why you really should look into some antivirus protection as quickly as you can.

One of the main things that any good computer salesperson will tell you is to buy something to protect your investment. They are of course talking about antivirus software. So many files and web pages have these viruses located in them that it's hard to see.

In order to keep your computer and information safe you need to find something to help find those programs that will hurt your computer. In order to find a good program it will mean looking around the internet. Trying out free trials that are offered, and even downloading free programs.

Finding a program that will offer you a lot of protection at a decent price many seem a bit daunting at points. But they are out there, it just really depends on what you really need to protect. Many people will hook up using Wi-Fi hot spots; if that is you find something that will check those hot spots to make sure they are safe.

What about that secure information that is on your system? If you want it to be safe and not have just anyone get to it. That's when you look for a program that will either safely store that information in a place only you can access. Or even something that will erase all that information if you report your phone or computer stolen.

Getting a program that runs automatic updates is basically a must when it comes to keeping your information safe. So many new viruses are introduced all the time that you couldn't manually keep up to date. So having an automatic program run even daily to check for new information is a plus.

Don't let all those files and information that you've taken time to store be destroyed. Find a good antivirus program that will offer you protection all over. Meaning that it should allow you to keep track of all devices that you have connected as well.

Even something that will offer you the advantage of being able to store your important files somewhere online. Keeping them safe and sound in case your computer is attacked and you lose all the information from it.

Protecting your computer can be a full time job. This is why many businesses have IT departments with subdepartments solely devoted to security. Not all businesses have the room or the budget for a full department, which is where outsourcing services and maintaining high quality protection software comes in. There is no doubt that protection is required. Choosing the best protection possible changes everything.

 
What is SmartPhone Security? PDF Print E-mail

With that increased utility, though, comes more vulnerability. Having a wealth of information--personal and otherwise--in your device makes your phone a target, and as the bad guys ramp up their efforts to infiltrate it, the good guys are gearing up their efforts to keep the bad guys out.

Does Smartphone Security Really Matter?

The short answer is yes, absolutely, more and more. The degree to which it matters, however, depends on the individual user, or the individual company.

Threats to your mobile security are not always easy to see. They range from the simple (such as when someone finds your phone and reads all of your e-mail) to the highly complex (such as Trojan horses, viruses, or third-party apps that share your personal information).

Here are some common security risks, with tips, tricks, and tools to combat them.

Don't Lose Your Phone:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but don't put your phone down on a bar (especially if you work for Apple and have a prototype that no one is supposed to see). If you're in a public area, don't put it in a pocket or an open bag where it's visible and could be grabbed easily. Obvious suggestions, sure, but these kinds of on-the-street situations account for most cases of phone theft.

Your First Line of Defense:

Set your phone to lock, or time out, after a certain period of inactivity, requiring a password to get back in. All of the major smartphone operating systems support this function.

You'll want your password to be something hard for you to forget and easy to type since you'll enter it frequently throughout the day, yet difficult for someone else to guess. Anything containing your name, information found on a driver's license, or a number as simple as "1234," for example, are not good passwords.

Here's how to find time-out settings on various smartphone OSs:

* Android:

Previously, Android supported only pattern unlock (in which you draw a pattern to access the phone), but with version 2.2 of the OS, it now supports PINs and passwords. From the home screen, press Menu, Settings, Location & Security, and under Screen Unlock you'll find many options for setting passwords. To set the screen time-out, however, you must go back to the Settings menu and this time click Display. (Hint: If you decide to go with the pattern unlock, create a complex one that crosses over itself, or someone might deduce your pattern from the repeated smudge marks on your screen).

* BlackBerry:

From the home screen click Options, Security Options, General Settings. There you'll see options to enable the password, set or change the password, and set the security time-out options.

* iOS:

Earlier versions of iOS allow only for a four-digit PIN unlock code (which isn't ideal). Luckily iOS 4 introduced the option to set a longer password. Open the Settings app, and then select General, Passcode Lock. Just above Passcode Lock is the Auto-Lock option, which controls the time-out.

* Windows Phone 7:

Open Settings, and then select Lock and Wallpaper. From there you can set or change the password, and also set the screen time-out.

Your Second Line of Defense:

Remote wipe, plus the aforementioned password protection, is the bare minimum that most IT departments will require, although the specific steps you'll need to take very much depend on the level of security at your company.

Remote wipe means that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can remotely clear all of your data--including e-mail, contacts, texts, and documents--off of the handset, thus keeping that information out of the wrong hands.

You or your IT department can set this feature up for any of the major OSs, as well as use Microsoft Exchange to wipe the device (provided that you have an Exchange account). Those people without Exchange accounts or IT departments have other, simpler options.

* Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7:

If your OS is among one of these, you're in luck, as you can find many fantastic third-party applications that allow you to remotely wipe your device. Lookout Mobile Security is just one example that not only enables you to wipe your device via the Web but also lets you track a lost device through GPS, back up your data over the air, and even scan for viruses. Its basic version is free, but to enable advanced features such as remote wipe you will have to pay for a Premium account ($3 a month or $30 a year). You'll encounter big players in the security-app game, too; for instance, NotifyMDM, Symantec, and Zenprise sell multiple-mobile-device management systems to companies.

* iOS:

iPhone remote wipe is a bit trickier. If you have iOS 4.2 or higher, you can simply download the Find My Phone app from the App Store, and enable it in MobileMe in the Settings app. If you lose your phone, you can log in using MobileMe via Apple's Website to track it, display a message, or wipe it. If you have an older version of iOS, though, you'll need a paid MobileMe account, which costs a steep $99 a year. Plus, you'll have to enable the function by going to Settings, choosing Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and clicking Fetch New Data then Enable Push. Afterward, return to the 'Mail, Contacts, Calendar' screen and select your MobileMe account.

Note that all of the apps and services mentioned in this section, as well as other tools (such as Mobile Defense and Where's My Droid?), can help you find your phone via GPS. These apps have drawn attention lately, as their usage has led to the arrest of several thieves and carjackers.

Trojan Horses, Malware, and Viruses

"As there gets to be hundreds of millions of smartphones out there, that becomes a bigger target for attackers," says Ahmed Datoo, chief marketing officer for Zenprise. His firm creates software that enables a large company's IT department to scan all devices in the system at once, remotely, to make sure no malware has snuck in.

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"We have seen a rise in malware across the board for all platforms. Lately it's been focused on the newer devices with greater adoption: iOS, Android," he says.

And if you're thinking that kind of thing results only from installing pirated software from sketchy Websites, be forewarned that attacks can also occur in official app stores.

What should you do? Consumers should turn to third-party apps once more. If you're on Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7, again consider Lookout: It scans your phone for malware and spyware, even examining any application you download. That said, it could still miss a nasty SMS or MMS script, so think twice before you open an MMS item from someone you don't know. Symantec, which makes business-level products for virtually every mobile platform, also creates consumer-level tools for Android and Windows Phone 7; more software like Mobile Defense is emerging, too.

iOS doesn't really have antivirus apps available on a consumer level, relying instead on Apple's stringent App Store policies to keep out malware. Considering the scale and speed at which apps are submitted and approved, though, things are bound to slip through the cracks. The potential for human error is just too great to deny. On iOS you can use the Trend Smart Surfing app, which blocks access to Websites known to contain malware or potential phishing attacks. It would be nice to see more protection for various inboxes, though.

Third-Party Apps That Share Too Much

When you install a third-party app, you grant it certain privileges. Those privileges may include access to your physical location, contact information (yours and that of others), or other personal data. Most of the time an app will be fine, but how do you know what its makers are doing with those privileges and your information? The short answer: You don't.

Most phone OSs try to handle this problem with a centralized application-store screening process, attempting to weed out any bad eggs before they get in. Again, however, undesirable things slip through.

Android takes a different approach, having looser central control but providing the end user with more information. Before you install an application on Android, the app must ask you for specific permissions. Don't simply ignore such messages. If you're just trying to install a simple wallpaper, ask yourself why it needs access to your contacts and your location. Be judicious when granting permissions.

Additionally, with all platforms, always pay close attention to app ratings and read the comments to see what other users have said. If an app has merely 50 downloads and a two-star rating, do a little digging and find out why. The best protection here really is common sense. Failing that, Lookout Premium can provide you with an overview of the permissions you have granted.

Even major companies including Facebook and Pandora have been sharing (read: selling) more user information than was commonly thought. Your options are pretty much limited to avoiding these applications or starting a letter-writing campaign.

Which OS Is the Most Secure?

There is no easy answer to this question. All of the major smartphone OSs have made significant strides in the last year.

"From an enterprise control and security standpoint, BlackBerry is still the gold standard," says Khoi Nguyen, director of product management for mobile security at Symantec. RIM's phones also feature advanced, device-wide encryption--including for the SD Card--that's cleared for usage at some of the highest levels of government.

Yet in the last six months Apple and Android have expanded support for security management, and more companies appear comfortable using them, Nguyen adds. Also, to enable further security, device manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola have added proprietary software on top of the various OSs their phones support.

With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is following a similar strategy to that of Apple and Google in that it's starting out by keeping its mobile OS consumer-focused. The company is likely to add more business-friendly security in days to come, however.

One of the biggest holes in Android's security that's slowing its mass adoption in the business world is its lack of encryption, especially on the SD Card. That's a significant risk for business users, who save their e-mail attachments on unencrypted SD Cards.

BlackBerry phones offer the option to encrypt SD Cards, whereas iOS and Windows Phone 7 do not currently support removable storage. That said, many companies are willing to accept phones with unencrypted SD Cards, as long as remote wiping is set up. This arrangement will be fine for most consumers, too. It's important to note, though, that in order to wipe a phone remotely, it must be powered on and have a data connection. So if someone pulls the battery out of your Droid before you wipe it, you cannot erase your SD Card.

 
Best Antivirus Software to Buy PDF Print E-mail

You want to find best Antivirus software? Then you are wrong at the beginning. Everyone wants to gain best protection to his/her PC so the following topics are very hot: What antivirus protection/software should I buy, What is the best antivirus, best antivirus review...

In fact, all antivirus programs are all pre-defined solutions to deal with viruses so some latest viruses that are beyond antivirus programs' pre-definition can escape from the antivirus programs or even block/disable the antivirus protection. The prevailing and notorious av.exe virus and its variety are typical examples to show you the fact that you can't never dream of any so-called best antivirus software to let you be free from viruses all the time.

In addition, like a double-edged sword, antivirus software will sometimes cause trouble to you. The cases are possible like the following:

1) The antivirus tool slows down your PC greatly;

2) The newly installed antivirus tool is not compatible to your PC and it causes blue screen of death or make all shortcuts on your desktop disappear;

3) there used to be an important event that a famous antivirus program in the industry falsely recognized a core system file as a virus and killed the file so many software users' computers crashed at that time;

4) Every antivirus tool has false positive rate so it is possible that the antivirus tool will make your safe and useful application not work smoothly and bring panic to you...

 

A virus can infect your computer from basically anywhere at any time if you're not careful. But how do you know which antivirus software will work the best and do the right things for you? It's about shopping around and finding a product that offers great protection, but isn't too darn expensive at the same time.

When looking for antivirus programs you will find many that are offered to you free of charge. At times these are a great thing, but they may not offer you as much protection as something you've purchased.

While a free trial download is a great way to find out about a product and if it will work well in your daily processes. Looking at a product that may offer you everything that is needed and still not be too expensive, it's the Trend Micro Internet Security program. Not too expensive but offering a lot of protection too.

Offering you the safety of securing files that are confidential or considered to be secret just in case your computer happens to be stolen. Checks those hot spots if you're on a Wi-Fi network to make sure they are safe. Helps in preventing viruses and so much more from attaching your Smartphone program.

Plus you can even have that information on your Smartphone erased by this program if it was every stolen. Each web page that you head to it will inspect to ensure that you are on a safe page. Plus allowing you to backup 2 GB of information to a site that is online for safekeeping.

This program runs automatic updates to keep all virus information up to date for your computer. Keeps out a person who are not authorized to access your information and doesn't hurt how you're PC will perform while doing so. If you have to give a presentation the program will pause those updates until you are done.

Many other great options come along with this software for your protection. When you plug in USB devices it will automatically stop anything that is suspicious from beginning or being opened. Plus you can easily keep track of all devices that you have connected to your network.

Even allowing you to install any type of parental controls that you want in place to keep children away from certain websites. Check out the Trend Micro site and you can find many of these are offered as a free trial download for you to try out.

Based on the above facts, it can make a conclusion that antivirus software doesn't mean safe always. Every operating system is unique inside so the best antivirus to others may mean worst to you. Fortunately, almost all antivirus applications offer free trial version and you can test them first and then decide which one is suitable to your PC. That is the reason why we said Not Best but Suitable in the title.

Don't put your computer or data at risk protect it the right way today!

 
Tips For Securing Your Smartphone PDF Print E-mail

With the continued increase in the uptake of Smartphones you should consider the security issues. Smartphones are like mini computers. They have the ability to hold data which is accessible via email, a cloud based web app or some sort of internal or external memory storage.

Smartphones are valuable and you need to consider what would happen should your mobile device fall into the wrong hands. Here are five tips on how you can secure your Smartphone

Tip 1: Yes "Password Protection"

It is easy to set password protection on your phone. It is most likely under your phones security settings. If you cannot find the option check online or your phone's manual to see how to enable this. Most people password protect their computer but do not feel the need to for a mobile device however this is the first security step you should take.

Tip 2: Yes "Wipe Phone Data"

After you have secured your mobile phone with a password or pass code you may still want to further protect the data stored on your phone with remote wipe. Remote wipe will wipe the data on your phone and restore all the factory settings. This is not something you would want to do unless you are certain you have lost your phone.

In order to set up remote wipe if you have an iPhone you will need to sign up for a paid account with MobileMe. Then you must set up your phone to enable the wipe should you need it. Android phones running 2.2 have remote wipe built in, but you will also need Exchange. Because remote wipe using Exchange can only be done by an administrator of Exchange a better option would be to use the Mobile Defense app. It's a free app from the Android Marketplace which will allow you to perform the wipe from the Mobile Defense website.

If your phones uses Windows 7 phones it can be remote wiped using Outlook Web Access.

Tip 3: No "Sensitive Data"

If you use your phone to access your internet banking or log in to all your favourite sites do not set your Smartphone to auto-remember passwords. Should your phone get lost or be picked up by someone else your account can be easily accessed.

Many people have their home and address stored on their phone this information could be used fraudulently if your phone was lost or stolen. However using a password or remote wipe tools, as described above, you can prevent your details being leaked.

Tip 4: No Simply "Click"

Smartphones like computers can be affected by malware, computer viruses and phishing scams. If you receive a suspicious email or SMS do not click on any links, just as like you would on your computer. Phishing scams can be used to steal your passwords and important information and are often very cleverly disguised as being from your bank.

Tip 5: Be Careful What You Install

If you download or install a new app make sure it is from a trusted source. The benefit of Smartphones is that there are thousands of applications and games available to extend their functionality. Only use official app stores otherwise you may find some malicious code injected into your app which will pass a virus onto your phone. only ever download or buy apps from official and reputable app stores. This will help dramatically reduce the likeness of becoming a victim of any kind of scam, since this is one of the easiest ways for hackers to access handsets.

Tip 6: No " Jailbreak"
Never attempt to jailbreak the smartphone at any time, doing so can help anyone run unauthorized software on the handset but this unauthorised software may be infected with malicious software. Usually from an unknown source. Not forgetting that it will null the phone's manufacturers warranty.
Tip 7: No unknown " Hotspot"
Unknown or unsecured WI-FI hotspot to access personal or private information and be wary that by using these hotspots every smartphone may be vulnerable to hackers trying to receive data from the handset. And remember to always turn of the WI-FI and Bluetooth whenever not in use as not only will this prevent access to hackers but will also greatly increase the phones battery life.

Lastly, always remember to view each monthly bill to ensure there is no suspicious activity that may be similar to that of any malicious activity being present.

Just remember to keep it secure and free from any attempt of hacking.

 
Remove Antivirus 7 From Your Computer PDF Print E-mail

Are you looking for an Antivirus 7 removal guide? You are probably experiencing a lot of headaches because of this virus. Fortunately, Antivirus 7 can be removed from your computer without resorting to a clean reinstall of your operating system.

Antivirus 7 is being distributed through a Trojan. You can accidentally get the virus if you download a malicious toolbar, a peer-to-peer freeware, or an infected music file. Some attack sites can trigger automatic downloads or you will be tricked to perform an online scan of your computer. So it is always best to practice caution when downloading anything from the web.

This virus is what's known as a "rogue antivirus program", as it shows itself as being an official antivirus solution for your PC, but is really a fake virus threat. This infection typically installs itself on your computer and then works to show a series of false virus alerts for your PC. These alerts will then start to show in pop-ups and other annoying ways to try and get you to purchase the full version of the program.

You need to be very careful with Antivirus 7, and the tools that are similar to it, as it's often the case that they actually have a lot more problems than just a fake antivirus application. Apart from the main rogue application, Antivirus 7 will also try and steal your passwords & banking details by using a series of malicious codes on your hard drive. This basically means that if you're trying to remove this virus infection from your system, you need to be able to remove all elements of it - not just the rogue program. Many people try and "manually" remove it - but this is inadvisable as it will just leave the infected files that will steal your details.

Antivirus 7 is one of the most virulent forms of virus infection that can infect your computer. Not only does it install an annoying application on your PC, but its also got a lot of "hidden" dangers inside, which can cause a lot of different errors on your system. If you want to remove this virus from your PC, you need to be able to completely get rid of all the infected parts of it, allowing your computer to run as smoothly and effectively as possible again.

To end your computer troubles, here is a simple Antivirus 7 removal guide. Always remember that a virus or a spyware should be removed by a reliable anti-malware program. This is the safest approach and recommended for most computer users.

It is true that you can remove Antivirus 7 manually. However, the process of manual removal requires expert skills. It involves modifying your registry entries and deleting files hidden in the system folders. If you make a mistake during the removal process, then your computer can be damaged permanently.

That is why you have to remove Antivirus 7 automatically with the help of an anti-malware tool. The first thing you need to do is to download a malware remover program. Some of these programs are free while others are commercially available. Just make sure that you are getting your anti-malware from trusted security websites.

After downloading the program, simply install it in the infected machine. The software can automatically scan, detect and delete all traces of the virus. In most cases, the entire removal process will only take a few minutes.

The way to remove this virus properly is to use what's known as an "anti-spyware" removal program. These programs are scanning applications which are able to scan through your computer and fix the various infected files that are inside it. It's strongly recommended that you use one of these tools, such as "MalwareBytes" or "Spyware Doctor" to get rid of the infection your system has for good. These tools will scan through your PC and locate all the elements of the infection, and remove them from your system.

After using an anti-spyware program, it's then advisable that you use a "registry cleaner" to scan through the registry of your PC and fix the various errors that are inside there. The 'registry' of your computer is basically the central database of Windows which stores all the files & settings that your computer requires to run. It's one of the places where Antivirus 7 likes to store a lot of files and settings it requires to run. Anti-Spyware programs do not touch the registry database, making it essential that you're able to use a registry cleaner to remove any of the infected settings that might still be inside it.

 
Mobile Malware - Protect Yourself and Keep Your Information Safe PDF Print E-mail

Imagine your closest friend standing next to you. Now imagine your closest friend betraying all of your secrets. And making a handsome profit whilst doing so. Now picture your smartphone inside your handbag or pocket. Picture your smartphone sending your passwords, banking information, e-mails, and private information to some stranger. And picture that stranger making a handsome profit. That is mobile malware.

What is mobile malware, really?
In more technical terms, mobile malware is the spread of malicious software (hence "mal-ware") among wireless devices. Mobile Malware is unpleasant stuff. It could compromise the information on a mobile device, and there have even been cases of compromised devices used to pull information from Personal computers (hijacking USB synchronization). Mobile malware is yet another growing fraud category which involves infecting mobile devices with viruses and Trojan horses that may force a mobile phone to do unauthorized activities,like making phone calls and deleting or stealing information.

Once installed on a device, mobile malware replicates itself and performs undesired activities, such as using network services like SMS or voice to make calls to PRS numbers or to subscribe to unwanted billing schemes; data theft, where the user's personal phone records such as contact lists and account details are stolen, sent to a third-party, and erased on the handset; and launching distributed DoS attacks intent on forcing a legitimate service to fail.

Not only is mobile malware a threat to individuals, it is also a huge security risk to businesses. It has the potential to commandeer a corrupted smartphone and use it as a proxy or gateway into an organization's central network. By commandeering a handheld device, cyber criminals can waltz past a standard firewall program and make their way onto a company's email server, client database, Customer relationship management tools, and other essential parts of the network. Damage of this magnitude can grow from something very small, such as a member of staff getting a message to download a free game or software update.

Mobile Malware is rapidly increasing

Mobile malware is on the rise for several reasons and it is following the Law of Computer Virus Evolution:

The Law of Computer Virus Evolution
In order for malicious programs targeting a particular operating system or platform to emerge, three conditions need to be fulfilled:
1. The platform must be popular
2. There must be well-documented development tools
3. The presence of vulnerabilities or coding errors

The widespread adoption of 3G (and soon 4G) and Wi-Fi connectivity and huge hard drives are other factors contributing to the increase of mobile malware infection. In fact, malware activity in 2010 increased 46 per cent over 2009.

The good news is that practically all mobile malware threats call for some type of effort on the part of the user. Malware can't magically appear on your phone. It usually happens after a user downloads a malicious app and the recent DroidDream incident reveals that mobile malware is more advanced than ever before.

How to stop mobile malware and protect yourself
Keeping a close eye on the app stores is a must, as Google proved. Google banished about 50 free applications from its app store immediately after it was found out that the titles hid a Trojan horse designed to steal users' information. The applications, which included pirated and copycat versions of legitimate Android titles, had been downloaded tens of thousands of times before Google took corrective action.

The best way to protect your mobile device (and yourself) is to take a layered approach to mobile security. Before you download that shiny new app, look at its permissions. An app shouldn't receive more permissions that what it needs. For example, a simple notepad app shouldn't need unrestricted access to the internet. Also, don't download apps from unauthorized or illegitimate app stores.

The second layer should be a very good antivirus app on your phone, and the third layer should be a firewall. If you choose wisely, the second and third security layers can be found wrapped up in a mobile security app.

How to choose an effective mobile security app
An typical mobile security solution will have capabilities that assist in operating the program and efficiently protecting the device. A very good mobile security application will include things like antivirus, antispam and firewall protection with realtime security. An exceptional mobile security application will have all of the preceding, as well as sms protection, remote wipe (in case your smartphone is stolen), and gps location (again, in case your smartphone is stolen).

What is the best mobile security app?
Ask ten experts and you'll get ten different answers. This question is almost as hotly debated as "what's the best antivirus software for my computer?" In order to narrow down my choices, I used the criteria mentioned above to come up with a list of mobile security applications. As you can see, many of the desktop giants of antivirus software have developed mobile versions of their software. The list isn't comprehensive, but it will give you a good starting point.

AVG

AVG Mobile Security is specifically available for Android. It comes with anti-virus and SMS anti-spam features that give protection to your mobile against all unwanted messages and advertising.

ESET

ESET Mobile Security brings a new level of protection to Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones, so you can be confident in the safety of your device -- even if you lose it. Price: Free for thirty days.

Dr. Web

Dr Web Mobile Security Suite is an anti-virus security solution for Android, Symbian OS, and Windows Mobile. However, they aren't sold separately and are bundled with Dr. Web products for workstations.

Lookout

Lookout mobile security is also a multi-platform mobile device software that has a user-friendly, simple and in-depth virus scanning abilities. Lookout Mobile Security is currently available on Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

F-Secure

F-Secure Mobile Security allows smartphone users to experience the full potential of their devices without the fear of mobile threats. F-Secure Mobile Security automatically retrieves the newest updates whenever any data connection is used. An additional SMS update mechanism patented by F-Secure ensures that critical malware fingerprints are received even when a data connection is not available.

Kaspersky

Kaspersky Mobile Security is currently available on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1, 6.5 and Symbian OS (Nokia smartphones only).

BullGuard

BullGuard Mobile Security is one of the better mobile security applications. It is one of the very few that supports all major mobile OSes like Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile.

Mobile malware is a scary thought, and the problem is likely to get worse, especially since smartphone adoption is skyrocketing. Using the tips and advice in this article you can protect yourself (and your personal information) against the rising tide of mobile malware.

 
Why Are Their More Viruses on Android Then iPhone? PDF Print E-mail

Computer viruses are everywhere these days; not only is they costing businesses and individuals millions of pounds annually in expenditure in antivirus software and malicious software detectors. In the United Kingdom, cyber crime and computer viruses costs the UK economy a whopping £27 billion per year according a report that was released by the UK government and these numbers are actually greater than the toll drugs are causing the British economy in the past 7 years.

The Android platform has more malware than the iPhone. It's a statement of fact. But why? What facets of Android phones make them seemingly less safe than iPhone? Are they really more dangerous, or is the Android platform really just a victim of its own success, and perhaps suffering from a bit of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

I often hear these sorts questions from co-workers and friends about which device is safer, or why Android seems to be more prone to malware. To be honest, it does seem that the iPhone is a safer device to use, but in actuality it can be just as dangerous, if not more, simply because Android has taken on the stigma of the more "dangerous" mobile phone platform. Why is that?

First, iPhone seems safer because Apple has imposed some rather stringent controls over what software makes its way onto the Apple App Store. The open source style of Android and its App Market does enable the malware writers, but it also means that software submitted to it's directory has millions of eyeballs looking at, vice just the select few at Apple. The same can be said with regard to firmware and O/S type vulnerabilities, which research shows that the iOS platform might actually have more of. While Apple does a good job of fixing these security problems, it goes to show that iPhone isn't necessarily safer than Android, it simply has less publicized vulnerabilities, and vulnerabilities which are harder for people outside of the IT industry to understand. The Android platforms open market model makes it easier to distribute malware, and unfortunately for Android, malware is something that even the least savvy technology journalist can write about.

Second, what is it about the Android platform, that seems to be ringing the dinner bell as far as cyber criminals are concerned. Well, apart from the open market which enables the bad guys to more easily distribute malware, how bout the meteoric rise in popularity of Android? Cyber criminals are in it for financial gain, and they are going to operate where the money is. While Apple may be the world's wealthiest company currently, Android is the top mobile device platform in the world. Just as Microsoft Windows is the dominant desktop platform, Android is going to receive an unfair amount of attention from the criminals, simply because the number of potential targets is so much higher. Again, the open approach to the way Google handles the Android App Market does make it easier to distribute malware, but such is the cost of having the freedom of an Open Source platform. This isn't to say that iPhone users have no freedom of choice, nor that Android is completely open to the wolves, but in general, the Android platform lends itself to more techno savvy individuals. The open source structure of Android allows developers and handset owners to do nearly whatever they want to the platform. Does this make Android more dangerous? Perhaps. But it also allows malware and vulnerabilities that are discovered to be identified by the community, and fixed by Google, very quickly.

How does this all relate to Android having more malware? Android has more users. More users means more targets, and more opportunities to make money. So if you're using an Android phone, does that equate to swimming in a sea of sharks? Maybe. But, the tools exist to protect yourself, you just have to remember to use them.

 
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The common cold is probably one of the better known viruses to hit the human population. Despite various attempts to weed it out of existence, it continues to stuff up noses and tickle throats at every opportunity. As the computing environment move from dumb terminals to thin and fat clients, these devices in the hands of end users become empowered due to applications installed within. By transferring a load of responsibility from server to client, risks in terms of viruses also make themselves seen, heard and felt in the lives of unsuspecting users.

Since a phone is no longer a device to make calls and SMS, smart phones make a debut as the next best thing to electric typewriters. Able to do a myriad of actions, these devices come with strings attached. Mobile antivirus is fast becoming a staple in every phone owner's portfolio of applications as it serves as a shield against wily intruders. Taking the forms of worms, Trojans and other unassuming likeness, these invaders seek to wreck havoc within one's address book and calendar.

As simple as the doctor's order to take two aspirins and go to bed, the average user is offered a choice of selections to download into his or her phone. Although the task promises to be friendly to the average Joe and Jane, one still needs to select the suitable platform as well as a version compatible to one's device. Failing to do so may entail a worse fate than a virus attack as an incompatible mobile antivirus is thus treated as a potential virus. Upon jumping from the frying pan into the fire, life proves to be cynical regardless of status.

To ensure one is well protected, smart phone manufacturers and sellers are able to point one in the right direction. At a small service fee, they may install a free antivirus on the owner's behalf.

With mobiles becoming a device that is being used everyday, the amount of use has become equal to a computer. Also, mobiles nowadays are being used not only for communication, but also to interact and chat with friends, relatives and business contacts. Therefore, the mobile has also become a bag of knowledge of personal information about the person.

This has given rise to several identity snatchers, mischievous coders, and other unscrupulous characters who wish to harm people and their digital identities. Of course, there are several  anti malware and spyware software that stop these culprits in their tracks. However, before you decide to invest in a mobile anti virus software, you need to keep in mind whether you really want a security software. Here are three instances in which you would need to invest in mobile antivirus.

If you browse the Internet a Lot:

If you are using the Internet for anything, whether it be browsing emails or listening to streaming music, you should invest in mobile anti virus. The Internet is one of the most common ways through which you can get virus into your mobile. You device can get affected even if you are on just checking your email.  The most common way for a device to get affected is through the widgets and applications that the device user uses.

If you use Bluetooth to Transfer Data:

If you are using bluetooth to transfer data, you should use mobile anti virus to safeguard your mobile against anti virus, malware and spyware.  Also, when you are using Bluetooth, make sure that you accept data transfer from only those individuals and numbers whom you trust. Do not, under any circumstances, accept connections and data transfers from people whom you do not know or trust. The most common way to get a virus on your mobile is to put on your Bluetooth while in a public place and accept chat invitations or data transfers.

If you  use a Flash Drive with Your Mobile:

IF you connect your mobile to the computer and use the computer to send or receive data from your mobile phone, there are chances that your mobile might get a virus during its connectivity to the computer.

That said, mobile viruses cannot get into your cell phone unless you have a data transmission going on. Keep these tips in mind if you are wondering whether you should opt for a mobile anti virus.  There are several anti virus for the mobile available. You would need to check which anti virus works the best for you. The best way to look for anti virus is to search the various online shopping portals for the best anti virus.

 
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