Antivirus for Mobile Devices: Is It Really Necessary? [Poll]

There’s no doubt that antivirus programs are necessary for desktop computers, but what about mobile devices? We like to think they are safe from malware, adware, and the like, but are they really? Are antivirus programs for mobile devices really necessary?

We don’t normally think of adding an antivirus program to our mobile phones and tablets. And some believe that as long as you only download apps from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store that you’re fine, as those apps are approved and clean. Then after that, you just have to make sure your device doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and most devices have protection in place to keep the device locked up. Yet a quick look through some of the top antivirus software that advertises that it adds security to mobile devices seems to show that it adds the same protection that already seems to be built into most devices.

Are mobile devices really at threat from damaging malware, adware, and viruses? We keep being told that it’s on the rise and that we need to protect our devices, but if we follow common sense with the devices and use all the protection that it’s shipped with, are we safe anyway?

Are antivirus programs for mobile devices really necessary?

Are antivirus programs for mobile devices really necessary?

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