Do You Control Your Smartphone?

Is a password or touchID enough to protect your mobile device? Well, it’s rather not. And here we explain you why.

here is a lot of uncertainty with regards to viruses on mobile phones and tablets. On the one hand, some say that viruses for Apple iOS and Google Android don’t exist, and it’s likely the truth — have you or any of your friends ever been hit by a smartphone virus? On the other hand, from time to time you probably read stories about people who were billed for SMSs they hadn’t sent or how their photos were stolen by hackers. What makes you even less confident is the number of famous antivirus companies which all have products for mobile security. How can they sell anti-something if that something doesn’t exist?

Let’s try to uncover the truth.

Initially, it worth to remember that there are people who regard mobile antivirus software as a fraud. In 2014, Adrian Ludwig, the lead engineer for Android security at Google repeated this idea.

Though we didn’t find similar claims from Apple, in March 2015 they simply expelled antivirus software from the iOS AppStore (see the reports from 9to5Mac and The Register), which proves their confidence in the strength of iOS and the uselessness of mobile antivirus software.

It seems quite logical that every manufacturer praises the products they sell, we can’t always take their word for granted — recall the stories about people billed for text messages they never sent.

So, what is a mobile virus and how it can trick mobile OS’s numerous security barriers and get inside?

A computer virus is a type of malicious software program (“malware”) that, when executed, replicates itself by modifying other computer programs and inserting its own code. The definition shades some light on the point, though it is still not clear how it spreads.

In fact, there are several options.

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