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Viruses Call Up Your Cell Phone
Danger level: Medium | Likelihood: Low (USA), medium (Europe and Asia) | Target: Cell phone and smartphone users
As if viruses on your PC weren't bad enough, these nasty programs now target your cell phone. Like their computer-based cousins, some mobile viruses wreak havoc by crashing the phone and wrecking its operating system. Others are mere nuisances that change icons and make the device more difficult to use.
And of course, some are strictly money-minded. A Trojan horse currently infecting Russian phones sends text messages to services that charge the sender a fee.
So far these pests aren't a major problem in the United States, but they are significant threats in Europe and Asia. And a lot of experts think it's just a matter of time before the money-grubbing aggravations arrive on American phones.
Like many real-world biological agents, a cell phone virus typically needs to be physically close to another susceptible phone to make the leap. Computer security experts like Mikko Hypp
The vast majority of mobile viruses hit phones using the Symbian operating system, but a few go after Windows Mobile- and Java-based phones. Following the discovery of Cabir.A in June 2004, the number of viruses has continued to climb. There were 211 variants as of May 15, 2006, up from 156 at the end of 2005.
- Disable "open" Bluetooth on your phone or PDA to close down the most common infection route.
- Keep a close eye on the itemized part of your cell phone bill for unexpected charges.
- Use a mobile antivirus program. F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, and Trend Micro all offer them.
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