1. lum5's Avatar
    Is there any chance of getting virus malware etc to wp while transferring media files from android phones which contains virus through Bluetooth? Pls reply someone fast......
    09-01-2014 08:49 PM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    You'd sooner win the lottery.
    chezm, realwarder and Felix Bank like this.
    09-01-2014 08:53 PM
  3. Pranshul Sood's Avatar
    You'd sooner win the lottery.
    +1
    09-01-2014 09:09 PM
  4. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    But for someone like me who never buys a ticket??? ha ha :)
    09-01-2014 09:26 PM
  5. xandros9's Avatar
    But for someone like me who never buys a ticket??? ha ha :)
    still applies
    09-01-2014 10:14 PM
  6. lum5's Avatar
    You'd sooner win the lottery.
    😢 pls say
    09-01-2014 10:22 PM
  7. Pranshul Sood's Avatar
    nope ull never catch a virus in wp
    09-02-2014 04:19 AM
  8. Geo Geo's Avatar
    I don't know T_T
    09-02-2014 04:31 AM
  9. Pete's Avatar
    There is a possibility that you can copy a virus infected file onto a Windows Phone device, but it won't be able to execute or infect the device. You may, however be able to use the Windows Phone to transfer the infected file to something else that is vulnerable.

    Windows Phone doesn't have a virus scanner for files, but it has blocks for any execution attempts.
    09-02-2014 04:35 AM
  10. colinkiama's Avatar
    There is a possibility that you can copy a virus infected file onto a Windows Phone device, but it won't be able to execute or infect the device. You may, however be able to use the Windows Phone to transfer the infected file to something else that is vulnerable.

    Windows Phone doesn't have a virus scanner for files, but it has blocks for any execution attempts.
    I wonder if rt tablets get viruses.
    09-02-2014 04:41 AM
  11. Pete's Avatar
    I wonder if rt tablets get viruses.
    Not in the traditional sense, no. Windows RT will only execute code that originates from Windows Update or the Windows Store, just like with Windows Phone. Windows RT does, however, have the capability to run scripts, which Windows Defender protects against. It would be pretty difficult to engineer a script that can work without the user knowing about it - the only way in would be via email or web site, both of which have additional protection. In theory, you could email someone a script and ask them to execute it, but it's highly unlikely as it may ask the user to knowingly turn off protection software. In normal use, it's pretty darned safe.

    The 10 Immutable Laws of Security is a pretty interesting read.
    09-02-2014 04:55 AM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    pls say
    Last edited by xandros9; 09-02-2014 at 07:58 AM.
    09-02-2014 07:25 AM
  13. Jose Medrano Jimenez's Avatar
    I don't think so. Windows is the most secure OS
    09-03-2014 02:50 AM
  14. colinkiama's Avatar
    I don't think so. Windows is the most secure OS
    You mean windows phone or RT right? Because windows definetely isn't the most secure os.
    09-03-2014 03:49 AM
  15. ams963's Avatar
    There's no chance of getting any malware or virus in WP. The virus simply won't run.
    09-03-2014 04:14 AM
  16. foxbat121's Avatar
    Never say never. Exploitations can exist on any OS. Just look at how it is possible to interop unlock certain WP phones (Samsung). If one can find a way to interop unlock that phone via an exploit, so can a malicious software/virus.
    And it is not so difficult to create malware apps to spoof the app submission system.

    But at the end of the day, virus/malware makers typically target the OS with biggest market share. With only 3% of market share, there is little to be gained creating malware for it :) Android so far attracts all the flies.

    Windows is the most secure OS out there, contrary to popular beliefs. The fact that it has a dominant market share, there obviously more ppl trying to exploit it. Hence more virus/malware. But with the popularity of Apple devices, you now see more and more virus and exploits on Mac OS.
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    09-03-2014 08:27 AM
  17. djslofstra's Avatar
    I want a Virus scanner like Avast included in the store. Why should I trust it when a company says that WP is immune for viruses? Every digital device can get infected with a virus.
    jlzimmerman likes this.
    09-03-2014 09:17 AM
  18. salmanahmad's Avatar
    While it's obviously possible for a virus to appear in Windows Phone sometime in the future, I would doubt it.

    Primarily because the operating system with the most users is the main focus for those who make viruses, and Windows Phone has less than 5% marketshare.

    Use your Windows Phone knowing that it'll pretty much be safe always.
    09-03-2014 09:40 AM
  19. a5cent's Avatar
    Windows is the most secure OS out there, contrary to popular beliefs.
    If the only question you're asking is whether an attacker can gain remote access to (or control over) your Windows computer purely by technical means, then yes, Windows is secure. By that measure, almost every OS is pretty secure these days (OSX being the notable exception).

    However, that question willingly ignores 80% of the attack vectors, particularly those that are most common. The biggest security risk is not the OS itself, but the user sitting in front of it, and these days the OS is also expected to help humans avoid ignorant mistakes. Windows has a really hard time doing that however, because it was developed at a time when such was considered unnecessary. Changing that now, after the fact, would break compatibility with pretty much everything. If you consider ALL the possibilities, Windows is rather poor in the security department. Android is conceptually similar, but as with Windows RT, it gains its malware resistance primarily by restricting users ability to install arbitrary software, and providing only one controlled channel (the app store) through which that is possible.

    No system built by humans is perfect, and somebody will eventually find a bug that they can exploit, but still, WP is no doubt the most secure consumer OS ever built, thanks primarily to MS general expertise in that field and WP's security model that is designed to help WP users to not harm themselves. That has required us to tolerate some restrictions (the app store is also just an added restriction), but the situation continues to improve as MS addresses related issues, one by one, without sacrificing WP's security model.

    While it's obviously possible for a virus to appear in Windows Phone sometime in the future, I would doubt it. Primarily because the operating system with the most users is the main focus for those who make viruses, and Windows Phone has less than 5% marketshare.
    While also true, it's a rather superficial answer to a much more involved issue that can be much more interesting, if you are willing to do more than just scratch the surface.

    I want a Virus scanner like Avast included in the store. Why should I trust it when a company says that WP is immune for viruses? Every digital device can get infected with a virus.
    Because the individual parts of the OS and apps are strictly isolated from each other. No WP program can "see" anything outside of its own little restricted space. This ensures that even if malware does get onto your WP device, the only thing it could corrupt is itself. For the same reasons, it is impossible for a virus scanner to scan anything except itself, which makes little sense.

    Although not 100% accurate, you might imagine that we're all already using virus scanners, it's just that they run on Google's, Apple's or MS' servers, instead of directly on our own devices.
    Last edited by a5cent; 09-03-2014 at 11:04 AM. Reason: spelling
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    09-03-2014 09:50 AM
  20. realwarder's Avatar
    I want a Virus scanner like Avast included in the store. Why should I trust it when a company says that WP is immune for viruses? Every digital device can get infected with a virus.
    You want to waste your money? Maybe I'll post an app for you to buy:

    "The Best Antivirus app" - does nothing because that's all that's needed, but please buy and install if it makes you feel safe: $9.99
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    09-03-2014 11:34 AM
  21. foxbat121's Avatar
    I want a Virus scanner like Avast included in the store. Why should I trust it when a company says that WP is immune for viruses? Every digital device can get infected with a virus.
    Virus scanners only work after the facts, e.g. there needs to be virus in the wild first before a virus scanner can be programmed to catch it. No Virus Scanner today can catch virus before it was written or released in the wild. So, if there is no known WP virus today, what's the point of having a scanner? To scan for what?
    xandros9 likes this.
    09-03-2014 02:18 PM
  22. ronaldme's Avatar
    Never say never. Exploitations can exist on any OS. Just look at how it is possible to interop unlock certain WP phones (Samsung). If one can find a way to interop unlock that phone via an exploit, so can a malicious software/virus.
    Different things. Any Samsung user can interop unlock their phone, but it is a self choice, it is not like "hey! Samsung phones can be unlocked, then it can get a virus". Even if a Samsung user decide to interop their phone, and, if a developer make a virus to run on interop devices, the rest of phones are not unlocked, and can't get the virus. And even if all Samsung phones are unlocked, only that phones could be affected by a virus, but at the end, it is a user choice.
    xandros9 likes this.
    09-03-2014 02:37 PM
  23. Greywolf1967's Avatar
    The worst that can happen on a Phone of any OS is an information grab by an app. For example...If you were to enter your banking information into an App that says it will do banking for you, but not made by your bank........Something I hope by now no one would trust.(However some will always fall)

    In many ways Phones are Virus free much the way Macs were in past. As hackers didn't know how to break OSX, but as the more Mac came on line the more interest hackers started to look for exploits in OSX. Now there are a few MAC virus'.

    However to date Windows Phone has yet to see even one virus.
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    09-03-2014 06:15 PM
  24. Nabkawe5's Avatar
    You mean windows phone or RT right? Because windows definetely isn't the most secure os.
    I'm ready to say that Windows is secure enough, though most of its user base just use hacked versions that never get security patches, I've been on W8 for a year now and never had a virus or a malware that skipped Windows Defender.
    09-03-2014 08:28 PM

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