Do Smartphones Need Antivirus Software?

Wondering whether you need an Antivirus for your phone?

The days when mobile phones were used only for calls and text messages have long gone. Mobile phones now have become smarter and more efficient, hence the name “Smartphones”. These days being able to handle or monitor your work on the go has become an important feature of many jobs and positions. Many of our work relies heavily on our smartphones. From bank accounts to online wallets, from social media to instant messaging, from keeping documents to storing confidential messages, all of these things can be done from this palm-size gadget. Now, because of the sensitivity of it all, many of us ask questions like – do I need to secure my mobile phone with any external antivirus software?

Whether or not you need an antivirus for your mobile phone will depend on which device you are using. The answer is simpler for Apple users, they simply do not need any external antivirus for protection. This is because the Apple iOS runs a closed system whereby app developers have no access to the source code of the system. The owners of iOS devices are not able to modify any code themselves either. This makes Apple devices secure.

Android devices on the other hand run on an open source program that is why it is considered to be less secure than iOS devices. Running on an open source also means that device owners can modify the source code and make changes as they see fit. That is not all, Android also sources apps from developers and doing this means that the system security  is more prone to malware. 

How Can My Android Device Get Viruses?

Most malwares are designed for either controlling your device, or accessing it without your permission. The most prominent android virus is Triout, initially discovered in 2018. This virus hides in the Android device, then tracks the activities of the user, like recording phone calls, saving text messages, and tracking the location. 

Many of the known android malicious software and viruses are usually installed at the back of suspicious applications. 

The good news is that you won’t find these suspicious applications on the official Google Play store, because the apps there have been verified by Play Protect. Android does not allow the installation of unknown apps by default, so it is also very less likely that one will install any suspicious apps. 

However, if you plan to install any apps outside of the Google Play Store then  I recommend installing an Android antivirus app just to be sure of an added layer of security.

Some of the known Android antivirus software include AVG, Bitdefender and Avast Mobile Security.

Security Tips You Should Keep in Mind To Secure Your Smartphone Device.

Securing your device is essential in case it gets stolen or in the event it is infected by viruses.

  • Keep your device locked
  • Always set secure passwords
  • Keep your device OS up-to-date.
  • Only connect to secure WiFi
  • Beware of downloads
  • Do not jailbreak or root your phone
  • Encrypt your data
  • Install an Antivirus software

Conclusion

Using an antivirus is not required, only recommended. The choice depends on how you use your device, the kind of information that is stored in that device, and the level of security you want in your device. Keeping all these factors in mind, you can then decide whether you should have an Antivirus software installed or not. 

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