Many blog readers have asked me about the need to use antivirus for tablets or smart phones.
In fact so-called computer viruses are only a part of the plagues developed to steal data, erase information or modify the settings of an operating system (see the types in this Tecmundo site article).But to make matters worse, let’s just call them viruses.
For those who have or want to buy a tablet or smart phone good news: infections in these devices are still rare in securitypology. And rarer still in Apple devices (iPad/iPhone/iPod).
But if you take some simple care you probably will not have any headaches.
1 – Beware of applications “in the cloud”
To maintain the security of your device the main attitude is to download only applications from the official stores of Apple (iOS operating system) and Google (Android operating system).
It is worth remembering that Apple is stricter about applications developed by third parties.The danger lies in using a jailbreak to unlock an iPad (or iPhone/iPod) or download an Android app outside the Google store.
2 – Use an access password
Entering a password every time we use our devices sucks!But it’s the only way to make sure no one else has access to our data.
Some smart phone manufacturers take this so seriously that they have already developed fingerprint recognition sensors, such as the Motorola Atrix model (a feature that still does not work 100%).
The new Windows 8 should also bring a new way of logging in, through a photo.
But if you want to ensure greater security, it is best to continue using the password system.
3 – Browse through safe places
To date I have not been able to find out if it is possible to infect smartphones or tablets by browsing malicious websites.
But if this is possible through Windows, why would not it be through Android?So, stay away from suspicious sites.
The new Windows 8 (look it up again!), Which will also run on mobile devices, should offer an extra layer of security, through its browser Explorer 9.
4 – Is your bluetooth active?
Leaving the active bluetooth can be an open door to the action of hackers.Of course, a strong password virtually eliminates this risk.When in doubt, turn off the bluetooth whenever you are not using it.
5 – Install an antivirus
Although rare viruses exist, and the Android system is the most targeted by hackers (mainly because it is the most used).
Another advantage is that most antivirus applications also offer a backup and even tracking system if you loose and lose your device.
6 – Keep an Eye on Permissions
When downloading an application, it may request some permissions to complete the installation.If this permission request is compatible with the application, fine.
But beware:if you are downloading an application (a browser, for example) and it asks for your contact list, get out.
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