Windows Phone

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by nonnyron, Jan 11, 2012.

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  1. nonnyron

    nonnyron Registered Member

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    I have the new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows 7.5 phone.

    Do I need protection like a pc?,the phone guide makes no mention of it.
     
  2. BrandiCandi

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    YES! If you can surf the web and receive email, then you can catch malware just like a computer.

    This is a very basic guide to phone security:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/mobile-phone-safety.aspx

    I don't have any personal experience with windows phones so I can't recommend any particular product. A quick google search led me to lots of security apps out there. I'm willing to bet that all the big names like kapersky, avast, malwarebytes, norton, etc. have apps for the windows phone.
     
  3. funkydude

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    There is no (real) protection for Windows Phone because it's currently not needed. The marketplace is "closed" and all submitted apps are reviewed for malware and scanned by Microsoft's engines. The only source of malware will be the app store if something manages to get past, so if you stick to high rated apps, you need no protection at all.

    That may change if WP ever becomes very popular.
     
  4. BrandiCandi

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    Hmm... security via obscurity is never a good strategy. But if there are no software/app options then you don't really have a choice.
     
  5. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    Microsoft is paying a team of reviewers to review every app, and every app running on your phone is sandboxed, including the browser. That's far better security than running a battery draining Anti-Virus scanner which won't use heuristics, and we all know how successful blacklisting is!

    I think you underestimate how locked down phone O.S.'s are.
     
  6. nonnyron

    nonnyron Registered Member

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    Thanks for the info,I'd have thought at least Spywareblaster.

    But I'm glad I asked before I started messing with it.
     
  7. BrandiCandi

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    It appears this is true with Windows phones, yes. And maybe Iphone too (as long as you don't jailbreak it). A malicious pdf can infect an iphone with a jailbreak .

    Android phones? Absolutely not locked down at all.

    @nonnyron- just stick to the apps in the windows marketplace.
     
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