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Tips: Mobile Anti-Virus for Smartphone

If you have a smartphone and use it for web browsing, email or file transfer, you are advised to install a mobile anti virus (AV) software. Below are some recommended mobile AVs:

Kaspersky Mobile Security

This is one of the best mobile security out there. Kaspersky Mobile Security also known as KMS offers Antivirus protection (Real Time), Powerfull Firewall, Anti Spam(SMS/EMS/MMS) and additional features such as:

  • SMS-Block—In the event of the loss of a smartphone, a user can send a “hidden SMS message” to it, which blocks access to the smartphone until a pre-set password is entered.
  • SMS-Clean—This function is similar to the SMS-Block feature, but, rather than blocking the smartphone, it cleans the device’s memory and memory cards.
  • SIM Watch—The SMS-Block and SMS-Clean functions are only available if a smartphone is enabled and the original SIM card is installed. If a smartphone is stolen, the “new owner” will most likely immediately replace the original SIM card. The SIM Watch function will prevent the “new owner” from accessing any personal data without the initial SIM card inserted in the device. If the initial SIM card is replaced with a new one, the SIM Watch function will send the original user the new telephone number of the device without the “new owner’s” knowledge.

KMS cost only RM69 and works on Symbian OS 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 Series 60 3rd (Nokia smartphones only) and Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1.

Buy KMS here

Dr.Web for Windows Mobile

Dr.Web is a russian based anti-virus company. The mobile anti virus software offers real time protection, on-demand scan, on-demand update, high scan speed and more.

This mobile software works on Windows Mobile 2003/2003 SE/5.0/6.0/6.1. Currently, you need to be a user of one the Dr.Web anti virus product to use Dr.Web for Mobile.

More info here

F-Secure Mobile Security

F-Secure was one of the pioneers to launch a mobile anti virus.

Key features of F-Secure Mobile Security:

  • Complete, automatically updated security solution for smartphones.
  • Includes firewall, real-time anti-virus and anti-spyware to protect smartphone against mobile malware.
  • Advanced anti-theft features *
  • Remote Lock can lock the phone easily with a single SMS message.*
  • Theft Control locks the phone if the SIM card is changed. *
  • Remote Wipe erases all the data on the phone – an ultimate safety measure to prevent misuse. *
  • Works invisibly in the background, scanning all network traffic and monitoring the phone for malware.
  • Automatically retrieves newest updates whenever any data connection is used.
  • Additional SMS update mechanism for critical updates when a data connection is not available.
  • Smooth user experience thanks to light and efficient scanning technology.

*Antitheft -features are only available for S60 3rd and 5th Edition smartphones

This mobile anti virus is compatible with S60 5th & 3rd Edition, UIQ, Windows Mobile 5 & 6. F-Secure Mobile Security is one of the most expensive mobile antivirus software out there at about RM200 or 39.95 Euro.

More info here

There are other mobile anti virus in the market including McAfee Mobile Security, Norton Smartphone Security($30), Trend Micro Mobile Security($29.95), BitDefender Mobile Security($19.95) and more but it is important that you choose the right one depending on what you need and what you do on your mobile phone.

About Kugan

Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy