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Can my cell phone get a virus?

Yes, your mobile phone can get a virus. Like with your PC, anytime you use your smartphone to text, read emails, download information, use bluetooth and surf the web, you are vulnerable to viruses and malware. Mobile viruses and malware are becoming a big concern -- mobile malware increased 700 percent in the last year alone, with the Android operating system being the biggest target.

These are the some of the ways you can pick up mobile viruses:

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Mobile app stores to grow over 1,000% by 2014

Mobile application store downloads are expected to surge 117% in 2011, growing more than 1,000% by 2014.

According to the latest figures by research firm, Gartner, worldwide app store sales are anticipated to surpass $15.1bn in 2011, a 190% increase on 2010 sales.

Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner, said free app downloads will account for 81% of downloads this year.
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What's next for future iPhones?

As impressive as the iPhone has been since its debut two years ago, the device has never been without its flaws. Apple's regular updates to the software have polished some of these rough edges, while other needs were addressed when Apple opened the platform up to third-party developers in 2008. But much of what makes the iPhone such a revolutionary mobile device is more or less the same today as it was two years ago.

During that time, we've also seen increased competition from other players, such as Google's Android platform and Palm's webOS.

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What's next for future iPhones?

As impressive as the iPhone has been since its debut two years ago, the device has never been without its flaws. Apple's regular updates to the software have polished some of these rough edges, while other needs were addressed when Apple opened the platform up to third-party developers in 2008. But much of what makes the iPhone such a revolutionary mobile device is more or less the same today as it was two years ago. During that time, we've also seen increased competition from other players, such as Google's Android platform and Palm's webOS.
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Can my cell phone get a virus?

Smartphones, mobile phones offering advanced, PC-like capabilities such as full keyboards, multimedia, Internet access and software downloads, can be susceptible to viruses.  Viruses spread through e-mail attachments, Internet downloads and Bluetooth transfers.  You can also get a virus on your smartphone from another smartphone. Viruses aren't a big concern now, but they have the potential to be so in the future when Internet access via cell phones is more widespread and smartphone operating systems become more open, like PCs. 
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How do I protect against viruses?

We can learn a lot about protecting our phones from viruses based on our experiences with the PC.  The more we make smartphones act like PCs, the more susceptible they’re going to be to these viruses.  The solutions will likely take the same form.  The same companies that make antivirus software for the PC make antivirus solutions for mobile phones.  A good precaution to protect against viruses is to delete suspicious text messages and emails on your smartphone just as you would on your PC.  And never install something that you do not recognize.
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