Viruses, Malware, Spam? On Smartphone?

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 11:29 AM

We here at ContentWatch have been offering Net Nanny Mobile for over a year, and we are feverishly working on improving and expanding the way we protect mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Net Nanny Mobile (and soon to be ContentProtect Pro Mobile, for businesses, schools, and enterprises) has always provided anti-virus and anti-malware functionality.

Ironically, we get asked pretty frequently why we do that. People, including writers and bloggers and users, sometimes say “phones don’t have viruses and malware, that’s a PC/Desktop problem.

We beg to differ. The world is moving to mobile, and the virus makers, spammers, and malware-ers (yes, I just made that word up) are moving with it.

Just look at yesterday’s headline from the Guardian:

More than 50 Android apps found infected with rootkit malware

Quoting from the article:

“More than 50 applications on Google's Android Market have been discovered to be infected with malware called "DroidDream" which can compromise personal data by taking over the user's device, and have been "suspended" from the store.

Google removed the apps from the Market immediately on being alerted, but it is not clear whether it has removed them from devices to which they have been downloaded. As many as 200,000 Android devices could have been infected.

It’s just the beginning.

Which is why we take our work on mobile very seriously. The Guardian article says:

“It now looks likely that security companies will begin to compete to offer antivirus and anti-malware products for Android devices.

Yes, they are. We have been for over a year. And we’ll be there next year. And the year after that.

It’s what we do.