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Research Reveals Malware Targeting Smartphones & Tablets On The Rise

Research carried out by several security agencies separately have reached a unanimous conclusion that malware targeting Smartphones and tablets is on the rise exponentially.

This revelation came at a time where PCs are slowly and gradually being replaced by these gadgets when it comes to instant messaging, web-surfing or even for business purposes.

According to these reports, malicious programmers are everyday creating new viruses, Trojans and spywares specially built for these devices.

Chris Hazelton, the person responsible for tracking mobile technology for the tech research firm 451 Group, recently said in a statement (opens in new tab): “There hasn't been an example of malware affecting thousands or millions of devices yet, but that doesn't mean it's not possible or it won't happen".

Lyle Frink, the spokesperson for Avast added that instances of malware targeting Smartphones and tablet PC devices were on the rise every single day, a fact that poses a threat for businesses, as employees continue to flock to these devices.

However, there are also those who are of the view that since Smartphones as well as the tablets run on a number of different OS, one virus written keeping in mind one particular platform won’t cause the others any damages. And also, each of these devices’ browsers are equipped with certain security features that won’t make it any easy for data transfer to actually take place to and from these devices without the consent of the users.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.