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Can Viruses Affect Cell Phones?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help, Smartphones

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.

Smartphone Data Usage

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.


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One Response to “Can Viruses Affect Cell Phones?”

  1. Jadesqr says:

    Hey Cynthia,
    Well, Cynthia, just how do you really feel; “No device or operating system is safe from malware and viruses…” not as long as you can force the programmer to ‘HACK’ his/or her own software. “…authorities have the right to bust down the door and (c)some in”;

    EXCEPT when the ‘door’ is to the 1st; 2nd; 4th; and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    Its pretty pathetic when the FBI Director can’t even respond to pertinent questions from a ‘House Judiciary Committee’, he obviously didn’t bring his ‘A’ game to the hearing;

    Its time to take a big step back, and recognize what really is at stake here, especially that we are all up against a whole lot of ‘STUPID':
    1st- Freedom of speech – freedom is protected not just ‘speech’
    2nd- Security of a free State, freedom from Tyranny
    4th- The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers
    5th- Decline to answer questions that might incriminate him or her, without penalty

    Enough said…

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