Today, smartphones and tablets are essentially personal computers on the go; and just like personal computers, they are also prone to viruses and malware. With millions of people storing sensitive information on mobile devices and using them to surf the web, read emails and carry out financial transactions, it is not surprising that cyber criminals are targeting these devices.
Malware finds its way onto mobile devices through the same attack vectors by which it infiltrates computers: opening an email attachment, clicking on a web link, or downloading a file or an app. Mobile devices can also be maliciously used by cyber criminals to launch a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on cellular networks, just like personal computers are used to “crash” a targeted website by overloading it with illegitimate traffic.
To protect your device against these increasing threats, it is highly recommended to use antivirus software.