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  Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009



CELL PHONE VIRUSES...A MOBILE THREAT.

The number of mobile virus threats has been on the rise in recent years. McAfee's 2007 Mobile Security Report estimated that "83% of carriers worldwide have experienced infections in their network of up to 500,000 [mobile] devices." In May of 2006, there were an estimated 211 virus variants, which is a reported 35% increase in five months since the end of 2005.

Just like computer viruses, mobile virus could crash your phone and wreck its operating system. Other mobile viruses can just be plain annoying like changing your icons or making it difficult to use your phone. And of course, others are about money making schemes.

Viruses can be delivered to your phone or PDA either by Bluetooth, message attachments or application downloads. Bluetooth is the most common form of infection, with a leap range of up to 30 feet, any susceptible phone could be compromised anytime its out in public.

What can you do to protect your mobile device?
1) Disable Bluetooth on your phone or PDA
2) Utilize a mobile anti-virus program by McAfee, F-Secure and Trend Micro
3) Be sure to check your cell phone bill for any unexpected charges




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