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How to Protect Cell Phone from Viruses - Security & Safety Tips

Updated on August 4, 2014

The first known cell phone virus-Cabir.A- came to our notice in 2004. That year, only a few Blue-tooth enabled mobile phone were affected, without causing any major damage to handsets. In fact, the first cell phone virus was not designed with any malicious intention. Mal-ware developers wanted to show the world that mobile phones are also vulnerable to virus attacks as like as computers. After this incident, virus researches have been developing anti-virus software with significant success.

How dangerous these viruses are?

Though cell phone viruses are neither wide-spread nor capable of causing severe damages to handsets, yet in future, there is no guarantee that any dangerous and destructive virus code won’t be developed that will be copy your secret talks and transmit it to the eavesdroppers, the same privacy violation can happen with your SMS as well, so, stay alert and updated about the safety of mobile devices.

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cell phone antivirus

Types of cell phone viruses

For the functional point of view, there are not much difference between cell ph. Viruses and computer viruses. Like any other computer virus, this cell viruses is an executable file, which after attacking a device,  tries to copy itself with another program, then another and so on.. Mainly, these viruses spread through three cell phone applications

  •     Internet downloading
  •     MMS-multimedia messages
  •     Bluetooth data transfer

Note-if you can control the usage of the above mentioned applications, with a certain level of safety measures and pre-cautions, then the likelihood of your mobile getting hacked or affected by viruses reduced to a minimum level.

The bad news is that in recent times, the rate of speeding cell phone malwares is increasing at alarming numbers. Almost all these viruses are prone to attack Symbian Operations System-specially designed OS solely for mobile devices.

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mobile phone safety

Symptoms of Cell Phone Viruses

  • Disable all the cell phone functionality except call sending and receiving.
  • Your mobile may send auto-SMS to everyone listed in your phone book.
  • Cell phone memory might be crashed

Mobile Phone Virus Files

Most of the virus codes attack specific types of files such as games, security patches, Ad-On functions, free-utility software etc. Sometimes, infected SMA text files might carry viruses, but the received SMS does not affect your mobile, until you open and install the attached files or programs- normally, cell ph. Viruses do not have the ability for auto-installation-certainly a good news.

How to Protect your Cell Phone from Viruses?

Viruses are always evolving, by programmers with evil intentions, and thus virus programs are unpredictable until their symptoms are studied properly by the antivirus programmers.But as you know that everything else of this world follow some basic rules and there are some basic preventive measures, which are likely to increase the safe operation of mobile handsets.

  • Always keep disabled or hidden the Bluetooth discoverable mode of your mobile set
  • Keep updates about the security features of the cell phones. For latest security updates and developments, keep your eyes on F-secure, McAfee or any of your preferred anti-virus software sites.
  • Use mobile security software. Presently, Symbian software has developed an anti-virus for their Symbian OS-which can safely transfer data to and from any Bluetooth devices.

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To make sure, your cell phone remain virus free, the first preventive is making sure that you transfer data from your mobile from virus free devices, and second prevention is not to install any unknown software attached to incoming SMS into your phone. This safety measures are really helpful for those who want to maintain privacy, because some highly developed viruses might even steal your private messages or even leak your SMS to any of your business contenders. Stay alert of mobile viruses and have a safe digital life.


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      thata kenosi 3 years ago

      iwant too flash my phone blackberry but i follow the step no progress

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      raj 5 years ago

      thank you on product of china mobile

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      Mphatso 6 years ago

      These virus can destroy my device indeed.

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      emmanuel 6 years ago

      well written and very informative. I bet you not many cellphone users have thought about their phone or other hand held devices falling victim to virus infection, yet these devices are but mini computers.I usually think twice before I download anything from the internet to my computer but not my cellphone

      Thank you very much.

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      Virus Protection Sydney 6 years ago

      Wow... This is certainly and eye opener,

      i Hadn't really thought of a virus infecting my Mobile phone, But is suppose when you think about it, it's on the Internet, and therefore By Networking Definitions, it is a NETWORK DEVICE, that is interconnected with other network devices. SIM cards only control Decryption of the Phone Providers network, but browsing on the internet via Mobile Phone, is essentially like doing it from your computer without Antivirus Protection,... Scary thought

      It makes you think, to say the least

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      zoya khan 6 years ago

      the matter really helped me in mah projct wrk:) thnx!!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      @honeydel-You can either buy a cell phone anti-virus and download only from the trusted and recognized websites.Also you may contact your mobile phone service provider to know if they provide any data scanning facility before it get downloaded to your cell phone.Otherwise, just follow the mobile phone safety instructions give on this hub. thank you so much :)

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      honeydel 7 years ago

      hello andromida..

      how to protect cellphone from virusis when we are downloading from Internet? can you help us? whats the process?

      we choose the Internet Downloading as our study..

      thanks if you have time to help us..:-)

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      H P Roy-surly, cell virus are very dangerous,thanks :)

      Wren-my friend,thank you for your generous comment and support :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Another informative and well written hub andromida, keep up the good work. :)

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is dangerous to hear about mobile virus.