Do you need an antivirus on Windows mobile phone?

Antivirus for Windows Phone

Do you use a Windows mobile phone? Then you are probably curious if you need an antivirus to protect it. In short – no. Currently there are no antivirus solutions which would protect your Windows mobile phone.

The reason behind this is mostly that if you are installing only apps from Microsoft Windows store, you can’t get a virus on your mobile phones. All apps in Microsoft Windows store have to go through certification process which besides app quality checks for malware and viruses in the apps.

Another reason is that all apps are launched sandboxed. This means if any app misbehave, it can’t have a negative impact on the whole system running in your phone.

Stay safe on Windows mobile phone

Although it is unlikely that you could get a virus into your Windows phone from apps in Windows app store, you should be aware if you are installing any apps from unofficial installers or files. In general, this is not recommended.

5 tips to stay safe on Windows phone

  • Do not install apps from unofficial sources (outside Microsoft Windows store)
  • Do not open unknown email attachments
  • If there is anything suspicious about a file in your phone, do not open it
  • Use strong passwords
  • Use a VPN when you are connecting on public Wi-Fi

Always protect your Windows PC

Although you do not need an antivirus on your Windows phone, you should always use an antivirus on your Windows PC to stay safe. Compare to Windows phone, applications or files which you can ran on your PC do not have to be tested. Hackers often use unofficial apps to get into your PC.

If you don’t want to pay for an antivirus, download Avast Free Antivirus which can protect your PC from viruses and malware for free.


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