Is my mobile phone more secure than my PC when I connect to the internet?

To date, mobile phones have not seen large-scale attack by viruses. However, a growing number of phones, or smartphones, have a software structure similar to that of PCs. They are connected to the internet, can receive third-party applications and emails and can execute web pages, including those running programmes.

Viruses can be carried in email attachments, internet downloads or Bluetooth transfers from other smartphones. In addition, service providers are having to be more and more open, which means they are making their internal structures increasingly transparent in order to allow application developers to provide their own programs.

These ingredients are precisely those that triggered the introduction of viruses into PCs, so naturally we would expect that this threat to mobile phones to increase. It is therefore advisable to install anti-virus software on your mobile device just as you would on your PC.

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15.07.2013 | sorry to be that guy wrote:

Hey, actually thanks for the obvious tip but you didn't even answer the question! "Is my mobile phone more secure than my PC when I connect to the internet?" So we still need security software like those with PCs. Does that make the phones' and PCs' level of security automatically the same? Is that your answer to the question? And was that supposed to be implied? What about Apple's Macs that are innately secure by design? I'm sure everyone who reads this already has something like Lookout mobile security installed. How can I rate this answer 0, the lowest is 20/100 = one star ? I'll check back in a week for an answer... one at all.... and I'll be ready to give a better rating.

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