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Should you Worry About your Mobile Device Getting a Virus?

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Is malware lurking on your mobile device?

We’ve talked a little about how to tell whether or not your PC has a virus, but what about your personal or company phone? You may not have thought much about this, but it warrants a little bit of your time. After all, if you use a company phone, or even a personal phone, for your job then your information might be at risk. That’s why Working Nets is here to give you the rundown on phone viruses so that your business can stay safe. Let’s go over the facts.

Malware is out there.

Malware is the industry term for “virus.” It basically means “malicious software.” Now, is your phone actually at risk from these types of attacks? The short answer is yes, but the longer answer is no. Viruses don’t really exist for mobiles yet, but they may soon prove to be an issue. On the other hand, malware does exist, and it could be lurking in your files. Mobile programming is on the rise and, as it increases in popularity, hackers are working hard to infiltrate your systems. There is a lot of valuable data on phones that is very enticing to hackers. Banking apps, geo-locators, and even contact lists can all be at risk. So, how can you prevent a virus from getting into your phone? We’ve got some tips.

Prevention is the best medicine.

One of the best ways to prevent any sort of virus, even ones on the computer, is to only download apps, photos, and other data from reputable sources. Before you download anything, always check whether or not the app you’re looking to download is what it says it is. Does it come from a verified source? Have other people experienced issues because of it? These are the things you need to ask yourself. Another great way to stay protected is to download “Lookout,” a mobile version of anti-virus software. This app looks for potential hazards and weeds them out before they can cause trouble in your mobile device.

Need help protecting your mobile or PC from malware?

When you’ve got an issue, or you’re ready to update your software, give us a call! We can help you get your computers and networks up to speed with the latest and greatest software. There’s no need to struggle in silence. Call one of the leading IT management businesses in your area and get the answers you need.

To talk to someone about managed IT for your business, give us a call at (443) 992-7394. We’d be happy to assist you with your professional business networking needs.

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