These replies do not inspire confidence. The French believed the Maginot Line could not be broken, the shipping industry thought the Titanic was unsinkable and no one thought a computer would ever need more than 640K. I suspect that someone will figure
out a way to infect it sooner or later and it will be more sooner than later.
No one said it was impossible, but there are a lot of mitigating factors.
Windows Phone 7 cannot multitask third party apps, so if a virus were running, the antivirus could not, and vice-versa.
Apps in the marketplace are inspected for this, so it is highly unlikely a virus would come from there. Even if it did, once discovered, MS has a kill switch for any app i nthe marketplace for just this issue.
Mobile phone browsers lack the scripting capabilities of the desktop so are less susceptible to an attack.
Mobile phones don't run x86 software which is what most viruses are written for.
The return on investment for a virus writer to infect a phone is low. You have to target a specific platform (and WP7 would be low on the list due to marketshare) and then you are limited by what you can do. You cannot effectively turn a phone into a zombie
like you can a desktop.
Is it possible? Sure. Likely? no. Worth crapping up your phone with AV software even if it could multitask it? No. Not even close.
Ed Hansberry - www.ehansberry.com
Ed Hansberry Microsoft MVP Oct 2000 - Sep 2011 MCSA: Bi Reporting
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