Risk of transferring malware to cell phone?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jalopy, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Jalopy macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Is there a risk of transferring malware to a non-iphone cell phone when it is connected to a mac via usb cable?
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Malware? Mac? First, there is almost no Mac malware in existence. Second, even if you had malware on either your Mac or your (unspecified) non-iPhone it is difficult to spread infection from desktop to mobile devices because the devices are so different. There is such a thing as malware that is spread via usb (from computer to computer via sharing memory sticks) but it is not something I would worry about.
  3. Jalopy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2011
    Thanks. I will be more specific. I have heard that it is possible for example that windows type malware can be downloaded from the web, email, etc and transferred from a mac to a pc even though it wouldn't infect the mac. The mac acts as a carrier of sorts. If this is possible, is there also a risk of transferring cell phone type malware in this way?

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