Alexander: Smartphones aren't safe from viruses

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 11, 2014 - 5:49 PM

Q: I recently received a smartphone text message containing a link to a website. On my PC, I would immediately delete such spam without opening it. But I thought it could do no damage on my smartphone, and out of curiosity opened the link. The browser flashed different Web addresses that appeared to be reroutes before eventually going to a women’s health site. Afterward, I started getting bounce-back e-mails from people on my contact list that were either out of the office or had new addresses. The message, apparently sent by me to at least a dozen people, had a link to another website.

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