smartphone malware

Posted on 2012-03-13
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Do mordern smartphones like blackberries/iPhone require anti virus?
Is it common for them to have AV?
Can they get infected in the same way a traditional desktop PC can?
Can the malware infecting a smartphone propogate to a desktop PC if it (the smartphone) was attached to the PC via USB?
Can the same malware you get on a website infect both PC's and smartphones?
or are malware targetted to one type of OS.hardware not "all".
Question by:pma111
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Thomas Zucker-Scharff earned 500 total points
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I can't do a dissertation on smartphone malware here.  Suffice it to say that you can get infected on your smartphone and it tends to be different types of malware than on a computer.  There are plenty of good AV solutions out there for smartphones depending on your OS.  Lookout is free for Android phones, although the Lookout Pro app is more comprehensive.  Most of the AV companies have a version for smartphones (I use f-secure on my Android).  They can get infected the same way computers do as well as numerous other ways.

You need to be vigilante about the apps you download and the sites you visit.

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Can you have tools to identify what websites and apps were used on smartphones?

In terms of sites visited how would they be centrally captured, as surely the moer you move around with WIFI you could be using tons of networks per week and thus browsing when connected to those, so thus the activity would be on the WIFI providers servers not your own?

How can you get around this?

Is there a local audit tool to see what sites were visited regardless of which network they browsed from?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Can you centrally manage and view anyone whose tried to get to those sites?
Can you say here user X has corporate smartphone Y - regardless of network, I want to see every site they've visited? Can that kind of thing be done?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Not with that software.  If you are talking about corporate smartphones you can preinstall software like carrierIQ that will send those stats to you.  This is a touchy subject though.  It depends on your corporate policies on smartphone use and privacy.  Be sure that the policies are in place and that the users are aware of them before going down that road.

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But carrierIQ is "network neutral" it just shows this is what they did on any network?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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You said you wanted to see every site they visited, CIQ would get you those stats.  Anything more than that I'm not sure what you'd need it for unless you wanted to block certain networks completely or establish usage statistics for some reason.  Your best bet might be to find something like Google analytics for smartphones and preinstall that.

Beyond that I don't know what else you would do.

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