18 Jan 2011

Smartphone operating systems likely the next target

The success of iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and iTouch may bring the need for better virus protection moving forward.

Several security firms have confirmed the 2011 forecast does not look promising. Malware is expected to increase on these devices due to the explosion of popularity in recent years.

Apple has enjoyed little malware on its line of desktop computers and laptops, but more people are investing in iPhones and iPads, making hackers more likely to target the devices. There have been no reports of personal identity being stolen through the phone since 2007 when iPhone debuted.

“Smartphones are the next PC, and once they’re adopted by enterprises, data loss will be a very key problem,” said a chairman of a software security company. “We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. It’s impossible for certain types of viruses,” he said.

Apple is not the only company that must worry about virus protection. Google’s Android operating system has seen steady increases in the market share, accounting for more than 40 percent of new smartphone purchases in November 2010, making it a likely target of hackers.