Familiar with PC viruses? Now, mobile devices can also be infected with mobile malicious software (malware).
Currently, there are a few hundred mobile viruses as compared to hundreds of thousands of PC viruses. Although this fugure is small but don't forget that there are more handphones in the world as compared to the PCs and laptops.
There is potential for cybercrime to occur in the mobile networks such as the social engineering activities like deceptive phone calls and SMS persuading users to provide their personal and financial information.
Other potential threats for mobile users are spyware sneaked into the phones and monitor voice and text traffics, user's web surfing as well as intercepting passwords and account numbers.
User to install security packages available for the mobile devices similar to anti-virus or firewall software in the traditional PCs or laptops.
(Source: TheStar InTech, 21st June 2007, Mobile malware a growing threat)