Smartphone Antivirus Recommendations

Currently, UD does not have a site license for an antivirus application for smartphones. However, based on a number of evaluations, here are our recommendations.

Do Android™ smartphones get viruses?
Yes, the Android operating system is relatively open and can get infected when apps are downloaded. Google had to remove 50 apps that had DroidDream attached, malware that passed sensitive data such as passwords to a remote server. Our antivirus recommendation for an Android smartphone is Lookout Mobile Security Free.

Do BlackBerry® smartphones get viruses?
Yes, they can, but only one to date: the Zeus trojan that would monitor a user's private information, especially mobile banking. The BlackBerry smartphones owned by UD are behind the BES server so would not be as vulnerable. Our antivirus recommendation for a BlackBerry smartphone is Lookout Mobile Security Free.

Do iPhone® mobile digital devices get viruses?
Only if they are unlocked or jailbroken. The only virus so far has been the ikee worm, which only infected the phone via SSH and changed the phone's background. Our antivirus recommendation for an iPhone is Trend Micro Smart Surfing Free.

Android is a trademark of Google Inc.


For computer antivirus software, see the McAfee VirusScan instructions.

Last updated 2/14/14