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COMPUTER VIRUSES SEEK OUT YOUR CELL PHONE

COMPUTER VIRUSES SEEK OUT YOUR CELL PHONE

As cell phones get smarter, they also become a target for malicious code. Here’s how to protect yourself. By Owen Thomas, Business 2.0 Magazine online editor

Mobilevirus_2 When it comes to cell phones, the smarter they are, the harder they fall – for viruses.

Almost one in four cell phones sold in the U.S. are now smartphones, according to FTN Midwest Securities – do-it-all wireless devices that can handle voice calls, e-mail, office documents, and more.

But these increasingly capable devices are also increasingly vulnerable to mobile viruses. The same computer-like features that make smartphones appealing – an operating system that makes it easy to add new software programs, increased storage, and more powerful processors – also make them a target for hackers.

"Mobile viruses will probably get worse," says Shane Coursen, a senior technology consultant at antivirus software firm Kaspersky Lab. "In the history of computer viruses, as a platform becomes more accepted and more widely used, there are bad guys out there waiting to take advantage of it."

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