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Are you protected from viruses on your smartphone?

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It seems more people have smartphones these days, and since these phones are more like mini computers they make your phone just as susceptible to viruses as your laptop.

So, how can we protect ourselves from these virtual bugs?

Computer experts say finding the protection you need to guard your cell phone from viruses and potential identity theft is as easy as browsing through your app store.

Computer technicians recommend downloading a virus protection app like Norton or Lookout to ensure safe browsing.

Experts say this software is especially important if you browse the Internet on your phone in public places on a regular basis.

"Your phone is connected not just to the towers, but you got wireless or wifi connections you're tapping into multiple networks as you move around and you're at risk and you don't even know it," said Craig Hall of Eagles Technologies of Quincy.

These apps store information like credit card numbers, passwords and other sensitive information you often need while browsing online.

Experts say if your phone is the victim of a cyber attack, it's best to wipe out all the data in your phone and start fresh.

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