Virus / Malware On Tablets , Smartphones Should You Be Concerned

The following are some notes and personal thoughts on a discussion I gave last week. 

Antivirus companies used to be dominant a few years ago

Then tablets and smartphones came along , started to dominate and PC sales started to decline.

Microsoft bought an antivirus company in 2005 and labeled it theirs and it has developed into , Microsoft Security Essentials which in Windows 8 is called Windows Defender.

Antivirus companies sales went down even further as this was available free to consumers.

Then the hype started about virus / malware on tablets and smartphones as their sales began to rise

So what are virus / malware infections ? They are malicious software that are designed to damage / disable / the operating system of the device they are on.

Security Companies have been trying to capitalise on the ” supposed ” vulnerabilities of tablets and smartphones as their sales have declined.

Most security threats to tablets and smartphones are mentioned by the security companies advertising their products. 

So What Are My Chances Of An Infection On A Tablet  /  Smartphone ?

Apple Devices

Apple you have little to no chance due to the operating system design and Apps are bought from a secure site where they have been checked. 

Android Devices – ( Samsung etc )

Android devices people need to get their apps from the Google Play store , not from outside sources. Care should be taken when introducing files from usb sources.  

So what would happen if you had malware on your tablet / smartphone – may result in , can result in , accessing data , sharing phone details etc 

If you have ” rooted ” your android tablet or “jailbroken” your apple device , means you have bypassed the operating system , you are on your own 

So What Can You Do?

Keep checking for updates for your device

On an Android device you “may” want to put on one of the “ free “ solutions 

Read the terms and conditions of any app you install 

There is little need to be concerned ” currently” as the cases of infection of a tablet / smartphone are remote when compared to the amount of computers that are currently infected around the world.


Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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