Can I get a virus on my smartphone? There has been some coverage recently in certain news media about smartphone virus attacks. How worried should you be? Any virus that could potentially infect a smartphone would be very different to the type of virus that would infect a regular computer. This is because the operating systems are so different. Of course your smartphone is actually a small computer but the system it runs is very different. As a result it is quite complicated to infect a smartphone with a true ‘virus’. While there are possibilities, there is no need to panic. It’s highly unlikely to affect you. The reasons are various. Firstly, many smartphones are based on the Android system, which is written in the Linux language and is a very secure system anyway. Though some viruses do exist for Linux, they are rare. The most likely risk to a