We all know that viruses can pose a huge threat to your PC, but what about your phone? A reader asked, “I have been told that viruses do not affect cell phones. So can a cell phone pass a virus on if you forward an infected e-mail to a person with a PC?”
It’s certainly not true that viruses don’t effect cell phones. Smartphones are really just small hand-held computers and viruses can break them, lock them down and steal the data on them just the same way they do on PCs.
The same viruses and malware that affect a PC probably won’t affect a cell phone. But if there’s a virus capable of harming a PC attached to an e-mail or some type of malicious link in the e-mail and you forward it on to the PC, it certainly can damage that PC. The same goes true for an e-mail sent from a PC to a phone.
No device or operating system is safe from malware and viruses. Always be cautious. And make sure you have virus protection for both your phone and your PC.