Mobile antivirus – it’s more important than you think

You might be aware of the risks of searching online from your computer. Ending up on a dangerous website that infects your computer with a virus or malware. More often than not, your computer can detect these threats and keep you safe.

But something many people don’t know is that mobile phones are also susceptible to viruses and other dangerous software. And it’s hard to realise you’re getting infected before it’s too late.

Wait – my mobile can get viruses?

Absolutely. And they’re becoming a lot more widespread, as well as intelligently created. Within the last decade, the usage of app stores such as Google Play has risen dramatically alongside our usage of apps more generally. The National Centre for Cyber Security recently reported that 16% of UK mobile users download new apps every week.

While apps uploaded to official app stores generally undergo a series of reviews and in-depth vetting processes before they are available for users to download, malware can still be found within apps on these stores through a range of different systemic vulnerabilities.

How will I know if I’ve got a virus?

You won’t necessarily know – and that’s the scary part. Malware (malicious software) is often planted on your device and capable of harvesting personal data, including bank details, without the user being aware they’re even infected.

That’s why it’s vital that the modern-day mobile user invests in mobile antivirus to protect their device and keep them safe online.

What is mobile antivirus?

Similar to the antivirus you’d find on your computer, mobile antivirus is software that you can install on your device that scans, tracks and removes any potentially dangerous software or files from your mobile.

This is often automated, regularly scanning to keep you safe with minimal user input necessary.

Is the internet and app store more dangerous for Android users?

Generally, Apple phones have better built-in antivirus software. However, they are still susceptible to malware damage, although it’s unlikely to come from Apple’s App Store.

As an Android user, because of the complexity surrounding devices, thanks to so many being available on the market, it’s easier for harmful software to slip through the net and target your device via an illegitimate or poorly protected app.

How we can help you

We are suppliers of industry-leading mobile antivirus that keeps you surfing in complete safety. The app offers a full suite of protection against viruses, malware, phishing with real-time scanning, and remote lock.

Android devices and apps are a popular target for a number of mobile cyberattacks, emanating from malicious websites and dangerous apps. Using the best mobile antivirus by ESET will keep your Android phone or tablet secure.

Want to learn a little more? Talk to one of our experts by calling us today.