Can a phone catch a virus

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by boatsanhoes, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. boatsanhoes

    boatsanhoes

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    So I was wondering if phones like the storm and blackberrys that can do all the e mails and all that get viruses like computers do from e mails. I was messing around with a storm and the e mails seem to open easily and if it was a e mail that you didnt want to open and you did anyways could it upload viruses. I think most of the phones now a days have way to many bells and whistles that I would use on a daily basis. just wondering if any techies out there knew about these sort of things.
     
  2. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Millennium Member

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    if the last person to use it has a virus the phone could easily catch it.

    it was on Fox Sunday, you can get a virus from salt/pepper shakers if you cough/sneeze on them
     

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    Yes, phones have indeed been targeted. downloading ringtones is a good way to spread them.
     
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    Yes but it is no where near as prolific as a Windows based computer.
     
  5. JuneyBooney

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    Not only can they transmit the flu and others viruses they can transmit and receive computer viruses.
     
  6. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Phones that run Windows operating systems have been proven to have caught viruses, but I've not heard of any other type of phone catching one.
     
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    What about iPhones?
     
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    Technically, yes they can. It's not as prevalent though since there is less code it's easier to make sure you have all the bases covered.
     
  9. Glock-it-to-me

    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    My phone has not gotten a virus in 40 years.

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  10. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    I believe Symbian (I think that's the right spelling) has had one or three.
     
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    I've got an anti-virus program on my droid.
     
  12. Glock20 10mm

    Glock20 10mm Use Linux!

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    That is so you don't inadvertently send an infected file to some poor sap running an under protected Winders machine. Android uses a Linux kernel...

    http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/188

    Let's see... 60,000 + vs MAYBE 40... which OS do you think needs the AV? Sure isn't Linux. I don't run AV, haven't well... since 1999. That's the comfort of using Linux... just use it and don't worry about the stupid stuff.:whistling:
     
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    Android is based on Linux and Linux is inherently secure. People like to argue about how if Linux was more popular there would be more viruses for it. Linux is from the ground up, more secure. Any phone based on the Linux kernel will not be able to "get" a virus. God forbid someone uses Windows Mobile. Those do have viruses in the wild.