Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile protection - Smart protection for SmartphonesKaspersky Lab has announced the release of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile, a product that protects mobile phones using Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems (smartphones) against mobile malware. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile is a fully functional, integrated security solution that protects smartphones from malicious programs and unsolicited SMS/MMS messages and this latest version now includes a range of new technologies and features that improve the program's performance and make it more user-friendly.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile uses a combination of real-time antivirus protection and on-demand scanning to protect against threats, and also provides protection from unwanted SMS/MMS messages by blacklisting undesirable phone numbers. Real-time antivirus protection monitors wireless connections and scans EMS/MMS messages, as well any data received from a PC during synchronization. Its flexible settings allow the user to view the phone's antivirus status as well as the event log, which records all actions performed by the program.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile includes an antivirus database update feature which ensures that the smartphone is protected against the latest malicious programs. Updates can either be installed automatically by a built-in scheduler, or on demand. Database updates are downloaded via WAP or HTTP from Kaspersky Lab servers. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile takes advantage of advanced features available in today's smartphones: the device's built-in web browser can be used to download updates and view information about any malicious programs detected.
Compared to previous versions of mobile phone protection systems, the new-generation solution offers significantly enhanced functionality based on a much more extensive set of tools that process scanned objects and protect from IT threats. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile includes a number of previously unavailable features, such as scanning of individual objects (files or folders) and isolation of infected objects in quarantine storage to prevent deletion of important information. The antivirus protection has become even more reliable due to the feature of unpacking and scanning the contents of .sis files, which are often used by cybercriminals for distributing malicious code. Optimization of the product's antivirus engine also results in higher performance levels.
Smartphone users will appreciate the pioneering antispam component of Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Mobile. The antispam module protects the user from mass mailing/advertising distributed via SMS/MMS. For maximum convenience, the antispam module has three predefined operating modes with different filtering levels: 'Enable', 'B/W Lists Only' and 'Disable'.
In the 'Enable' mode the antispam module filters incoming messages based on the blacklist and the whitelist, which are compiled by the user. When a message is received from a telephone number that is on neither list, the antispam module prompts the user to block or allow the message, and then to add the sender number to one of the lists. In this mode the antispam module operates as a personal SMS/MMS filter that ensures that the user receives only the messages that are needed. In the 'B/W Lists Only' mode the system filters incoming messages based only on the data from the blacklist and the whitelist. Messages from numbers that are on neither list are received without prompting the user. Finally, in the 'Disable' mode incoming messages are not filtered.
The product can be installed on smartphones that are based on Symbian operating system versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x – Series 60, 80 or UIQ, or Windows Mobile 2003 (for Smartphones, Phone Edition) and 5.0.