Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Viruses on Smart Phones

In an article written by fox news, the spreading of viruses through Smart Phones is on the rise. For the first time ever, more Smart Phones were sold during the last quarter in the U.S. than computers. This also may be because a smart phone is half the cost of a computer. Also the fact that Smart Phones are much more accessible than computers. A majority of people only use their computers for simple things such as e-mail and Facebook. Why bother spending the money on a computer when you can do it in the palm of your hand. Last week, Mcafee released that mobile viruses are up 46% from last year. People may begin to turn away from Smart Phones and may stick with the traditional easy to use phone. We all saw it with PC, many turned to Mac because viruses were limited on the Mac computers. But with cell phones, they are getting viruses through downloaded apps and emails. Mcafee stated that major apps such as Facebook, failed to secure peoples personal information. In a generation that is so dominated by mobile Smart Phones, you can only expect to see a dramatic rise in viruses for cell phones. Which in turn could lower the amount of cell phones sold in the future.

4 comments:

  1. I didn't see a link to the article so I'm not sure if these are prevalent on both iPhones and Android. If one is more vulnerable do you think this will have any affect on the demand?

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  2. I think this could definitely have an effect on how man smartphones are sold in the future. One of the big appeals for smartphones was that they didn't get viruses, but now we're starting to see the number iPhone viruses increase, if someone could ever come out with a software to keep viruses out of iPhones, they might become the wealthiest person in the world.

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  3. I agree, this will have an affect on smartphones in the future unless the makers can find the technology to protect the viruses just as Curt stated. If one phone is more vulnerable than the other then it will definitely have an affect of the demand. If there are less viruses and it is easily switchable, why wouldn't all possible customers, in need of a smartphone, switch to the phone with the less chance of a virus?

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  4. I agree with what Taylor said, because Apple came out with the iPad wouldn't it be much easier to use that as their handheld computer instead of the smartphone? Since the smartphones are developing viruses and as soon as they come up with a way to fix that virus another one will come up. I haven't heard of any viruses attacking the iPad so it would be just as easy to use that rather than your smartphone.

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