In recent months Antivirus software has failed to identify and contain some huge malware attacks. This has caused it to take a beating in the media.

Antivirus Not Necessary on Smartphones?

In fact, it may not be essential. Many people do a great deal of their computing via smartphone now-a-days. People check their email, social media, and surf the web all on their smartphones. On a normal PC they must depend upon antivirus software to shield them against malware when doing these tasks. However, antivirus software is built for PCs not smartphones. If antivirus developers don’t build something truly compatible with smartphones they are losing out on a profitable market.

Smartphones vs. PCs

First, modern smartphones operate differently than traditional PCs and laptops. On a smartphone, each app receives its own work environment and is not able to access the data found in other apps. This really is a nice security upgrade from the world of PCs and laptops. Malware that is just installed onto a smartphone will be able to do little harm. So there’s the first strike against traditional antivirus software: there’s not as much need for it on a smartphone.

One other reason antivirus software is not useful for smartphones is that current antivirus software can’t scan these separate systems. Because of this present antivirus software does little to combat any malware on smartphones.

Smartphone Antivirus Programs

Although there are many reasons why current antivirus software is not very effective for smartphones, it doesn’t stop companies from offering it. One example of this is VirusBarrier. This program can be bought in Apple’s App Store. The funny thing about this is that it can’t really scan anything on a smartphone. Instead users have to send email attachments to VirusBarrier from within their mail program for it to function. So, you can see, that there is little or no reason for consumers to spend their money on antivirus software for their smartphones. Companies must come out with more intricate software that can scan all of the smartphone systems for antivirus software to be relevant.