Increasing popularity of smartphones has brought with increasing mobile spam and viruses, spyware & other malware written specifically for mobile smartphones. Here we take a look at the Top 5 mobile phone security apps, from Kaspersky, Norton, F-Secure, Netqin and Trend Micro.
Kaspersky is quite well known for its anti-virus software. They are one of the pioneers in mobile security, and have an app called Kaspersky Mobile Security. In India, the price is Rs 1257, for one year.
Kaspersky claims that the suite of apps protects your mobile phone from viruses, worms, SMS spam and Trojans, and keeps your personal information safe. It also includes anti-theft. The software works in Symbian OS 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 Series 60 3rd (Nokia smartphones only) and Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1.
Kaspersky Mobile Security Anti-theft protection offers SMS block: If your handset is stolen, by remotely sending an SMS, the Kaspersky software blocks access to the smartphone. You can use the SMS option to remotely clean the memory of your lost or stolen handset, so that sensitive data doesnt fall into wrong hands. Also, in case someone flicks your cellphone and inserts a new SIM card, the SIM Watch option sends the new SIM card number to the original user, so that the thief can be traced.
The Kaspersky Mobile Security app also offers anti-spam protection from unwanted text messages. If you select this option, the software blocks spam messages and filters SMS by sender and by content.
Kaspersky Mobile Security Protection also offers protection from malware and network attacks targeted at your cellphone. This app has real-time antivirus scanning of all files and connections coming to the smartphone, and performs antivirus scanning of the cellphone’s memory and extension cards on demand. You can also schedule anti-virus scans in this app and set integrated IP firewall protection to defend your smartphone. Kasperksy Mobile Security will also automatically update signature databases whenever updates are available.
The company also offers free technical support for installing, activating, and changing settings on Kaspersky Mobile Security application.
F-Secure Mobile Security provides complete and automatically updated security solution for mobile smartphones. The F-Secure Mobile Security software has a firewall, real-time anti-virus and anti-spyware to protect cellphones from malware made for mobile phones.
The F-Secure Mobile Security app also offers remote data deletion by a single SMS, a single SMS to lock the mobile phone remote, and the app can automatically lock access to the phone in case the SIM card is changed. These features by F-Secure Mobile Security offer protection against F-Secure Mobile Security works invisibly in the background even as you use your mobile normally. It scans all network traffic and monitors the phone for possible malware attacks.
Whenever any any data connection is used, F-Secure Mobile Security automatically retrieves newest updates. There is also an additional SMS update method for key updates when a data connection is not available. F-Secure Mobile Security offers a hassle-free user experience, thanks to light, efficient scanning technology. F-Secure Mobile Security app is supported on the following Symbian and Windows mobile platforms: S60 5th Edition, S60 3rd Edition , UIQ, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, Windows Mobile 6 Professional, Windows Mobile 6 Standard.
(1) F-Secure Mobile Security 12 months protection for one smartphone: Price: euro39.95
(2) F-Secure Mobile Security 24 months protection for one smartphone: Price: euro 59.95
Trend Micro Mobile Security is a mobile phone app that protects against viruses, SMS text message spam and other malware attacks, preventing data theft and service disruptions. Key features of this Trend Micro Mobile Security app include monitoring all inbound and outbound data activity, blocking unauthorized activity with built-in adjustable-protection firewall, blocking spam SMS text messages from unknown senders, automatic virus/spyware scans, delivery of updated pattern files automatically via internet, and simplied configuration with easy-to-use mobile handset interface.
Trend Micro Mobile Security is priced at $29.95.
Trend Micro Mobile Security also protects mobile phones and smartphones from viruses, SMS text message spam, worms, spyware, trojans, Denial-of-service (DOS) attacks and hackers. Trend Micro Mobile Security software works on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 (PocketPC and Smartphone); Symbian OS 9.1 and 9.1/S60 3rd Edition User Interface (available 2007) and Symbian™ OS 9.1/UIQ 3 User Interface.
Devices supported by Trend Micro Mobile Security for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 include BenQ P51, CHT 9000, CHT 9000, Cingular 8125, Claro 9100, Dell X51v, Dopod 838, Dopod 838 pro, Dopod 900, ETEN G500, ETEN M600, Fujitsu Siemens LOOX T830, Fujitsu Siemens N560, HP iPAQ hw6910, HP iPAQ hw6915, HP iPAQ hx2190, HP iPAQ hx2400 (upgrade), HP iPAQ hx2755 (upgrade), HP iPAQ hx2790, HP iPAQ hx4700 (upgrade), HP iPAQ rw6828, i-mate JASJAR, i-mate K-JAM, Lenovo ET980, Medion MD96700, Mitec Mio P550, Orange SPV M3000, Palm Treo 700w, Qtek 9600, Qtek S200, T-Mobile MDA Pro, T-Mobile Vario II, Verizon XV6700 and Willcom W-ZERO3.
Trend Micro Mobile Security 3.0 for Windows Mobile 5.0 (Smartphone) supports Motorola Q, Cingular 2125, Dopod 577w, Dopod 710, Dopod S300, i-mate smartflip, i-mate SP5, Motorola Q, O2 XDA, Orange SPV C600, Qtek 8300, Qtek 8310.
Trend Micro Mobile Security 3.0 for Symbian/S60 3rd Edition is available for Nokia E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, E90, N95, N93, N93i, N92, N91, N80, N76, N75, N73, N71, 3250, 5500, 6290.
Trend Micro Mobile Security 3.0 for Symbian/UIQ 3 User Interface (Sony Ericsson smartphones) is supported on Sony-Ericsson P1, M600, W960. US$29.95
Norton, one of the earliest anti-virus companies, also has an app to guard your smartphone. Norton Smartphone Security protects against viruses and malicious threats from entering your smartphone. It minimises SMS spam, blocking short text and multimedia messages from unknown senders. Norton Smartphone Security also blocks snoopware from turning on your camera, preventing intruders from entering and exporting data from the mobile phone.
Norton Smartphone Security also automatically scans, detects, and quarantines viruses, worms, and mobile spyware. Its SMS antispam feature blocks short messages (text and multimedia) from unwanted senders. Real-time protection on the Norton Smartphone Security includes enhanced firewall to block hackers, intrusions, and denial-of-service attacks.
Norton Smartphone Security supports Symbian and the Microsoft Windows Mobile platforms for the mobile phone. With the Norton Smartphone Security you can easily manage and schedule antivirus scans and updates, set the firewall protection level, and manage file encryption. Norton Smartphone Security protects the mobile phone against malicious code downloaded from the Web, sent via email, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or infrared ports.
Norton Smartphone Security also delivers product and virus definition files wirelessly through its LiveUpdate feature. Its activity log shows all recently logged events. User alerts on the Norton Smartphone Security allow you to respond quickly to potential threats.
Norton Smartphone Security works on the following mobile operating systems: Windows Mobile® 5.0 Pocket PC/Smartphone, Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional/Standard, Symbian OS 9 (Series 60 Version 3, UIQ 3.0). Device requirements to run Norton Smartphone Security include: Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition and 6.0 Professional: 1.8 MB of storage; Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone and 6.0 Standard: 1.7 MB of storage; Symbian OS 9 (Series 60 Version 3, UIQ 3.0): 1.1 MB of storage. PC requirements: Microsoft ActiveSync 4.1 or later (for use with Windows Mobile phones) and Nokia® PC Suite (for use with Symbian OS phones)
NetQin Mobile Anti-virus, is a mobile antivirus product recommended by nokia.com. Main features of NetQin Mobile Anti-virus include:
File Scanning: The core scanning engine of NetQin Mobile Anti-virus has adopted the original layer mapping technique from NetQin based on core features of viruses and thus. User interaction during the scanning process has been taken into account by NetQin Anti-virus. You can pause or stop the scanning process at any time, or normally use the mobile phone during scanning.
Real-time monitoring: NetQin Mobile Anti-virus ensures real-time monitoring over network connection and file system. It detects and blocks virus or threats from short messages (SMS text messages), multimedia messages, bluetooth, infra-red connection and GPRS. NetQin Anti-virus continuously updates its virus database, from which, all users can online download updates for their personal virus database. Moreover, NetQin will compress the updates to to minimize users’ communication fees.
If you lose your mobile phone armed with NetQin Anti-virus, you can enjoy make use of the one-stop service via the NetQin Hotline.
NetQin Anti-virus can also retrieve contact lists from lost phones. Users are allowed to send a control SMS or MMS to get back their contacts as a whole or one by one. NetQin Anti-virus also allows users without their mobile phones alongside to inquire the contact info of their friends or others. NetQin Anti-virus also affords remote deletion of private information, by sending a control SMS.