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Smartphones are extremely versatile beasts How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More , as they can be used for all manner of different tasks. Some people use their phone mostly to communicate with friends and family, while others will spend hours beavering away at mobile games.

However, taking photographs on a smartphone Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Smartphone and mobile photography are becoming increasingly popular. And no wonder. Every year, mobile and smartphone cameras get better and better, until many people don’t feel the need to carry real cameras around anymore. While... Read More is an unusually universal activity… isn’t it? Actually, we’re not sure, but we do want to find out. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Malware Malady

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “When Were You Last Hit By Malware?

Out of a total of 295 votes, 45.8% chose Over a Year Ago, 19.3% chose I Have Never Been Hit By Malware, 12.2% chose Within the Last 6 Months, 7.1% chose Within the Last Year, 6.8% chose Within the Last Week, 6.1% chose Within the Last Month, and 2.7% chose What Is Malware?

These results are rather interesting, as they suggest that the majority of our readers haven’t encountered malware Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats Viruses, Spyware, Malware, etc. Explained: Understanding Online Threats When you start to think about all the things that could go wrong when browsing the Internet, the web starts to look like a pretty scary place. Read More for over a year. A significant portion have been lucky and/or careful enough never to have been hit by malicious software in all their years of using computers and the Internet.

Does this mean the threat of malware has been somewhat neutralized? Unfortunately not. However, with concerted efforts to keep people safe, and even the most casual Internet user now being aware of the dangers, it’s a much more hit-and-miss affair for the hackers and cybercriminals using it for nefarious purposes.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from EM, Kelsey Tidwell, and Maryon Jeane. Comment Of The Week goes to Dennis Primm, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment When Were You Last Hit By Malware? [MakeUseOf Poll] When Were You Last Hit By Malware? [MakeUseOf Poll] We want to know all about your most recent experience with malware. Welcome to this week's MakeUseOf Poll! Read More :

Thank God, I have never been hit by malware. In the past 8-9 years I have used MS Security Essentials and Defender and found them to be very good at preventing viruses and malware on my computer. Before that I used mainly McAfee which was free at the time. I have also used AVG and Kaspersky too.

I also installed SuperAntiSpyware (SAS) and Malwarebytes to scan my computer when I get off the internet and want to make sure that nothing got by Security Essentials or Defender. SAS usually catches all the adware and I’ll delete that stuff when I run it. But all in all I think MS has a good anti-virus/malware product.

I believe it was either you guys at MakeUseOf or the guys at How to Geek that told us that we don’t need all the expensive bells and whistles and you were right! Thank you for saving me a lot of money!

We chose this comment as it’s a good reminder that you don’t need to spend a fortune to protect yourself. And you’ll only ever need security software 5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous 5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous Malware is still a thing! Tens of millions of PCs remain infected worldwide. The damage ranges from unstable computers to identity theft. What makes people not take malware seriously? Let's uncover the myths. Read More , whether it’s free or paid-for, if and when your computer becomes infected with something. Which, if you follow the necessary precautions, should only be a rare occurrence.

Smartphone Shooters

Most smartphones make very capable cameras. They may not be able to compete with the average DSLR, but they’re great as daily, fuss-free, point-and-shoot cameras 6 Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras: Style, Features or Optics 6 Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras: Style, Features or Optics Some people may want the most stylish camera, others may want superior zoom, and some may be on a strict budget. Don't worry, we have you covered. Read More . Which is how we suppose most people use them. But is this actually true?

Are selfie-obsessed teenagers Stop Hating On Selfies: 3 Reasons You Should Love Them Stop Hating On Selfies: 3 Reasons You Should Love Them Selfies are all too often written off as the egotistical masturbation of brainless teenagers, but that's a superficial take on them. Here's why. Read More skewing the reality of the situation? Or is everyone and their dog really shooting photos with their smartphone every chance they get? Please vote in the poll below to help us get a clearer picture of the situation.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you often take photos with your smartphone, what makes you do so? If you don’t often take photos with your smartphone, why do you prefer using a camera instead?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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