New Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 makes smartphone protection easy

26 May 2009
Product news

Kaspersky Lab announces the release of Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0, designed to protect smartphone users from Cybercrime attacks. The solution also provides protection for confidential data stored on a mobile phone should the device be lost or stolen and a new parental control module.

Nowadays smartphone users are quickly becoming more dependent on their mobile device than their PC, using them as diaries, for carrying information, browsing the Internet, emailing, holding photos and for music. Yet, while there is a widespread awareness of Cybercriminal activity relating to the Internet and PCs, awareness is much lower of the equally serious threats to smartphones and the need to protect them. Since the information on a smartphone can be as valuable as the information on many people’s PCs, smartphones are a very attractive target for Cybercriminals. And what if someone has left a smartphone in a taxi or on a table in a café? The loss or theft of a smartphone means that a user’s personal data is in the hands of a stranger. The fact that 30 percent of all mobile devices are lost per year (source: SANS institute) and that more than 800 programs are known to be capable of infecting smartphones illustrate how serious the situation has become.

“Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 combines our latest technologies designed to protect smartphones from Cybercrime attacks”, says Andreas Lamm, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Europe. “This product provides reliable protection for smartphone users and their personal data stored on it.”

Locate lost or stolen smartphones

With the SMS-Find feature of Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 users can locate the exact position of a lost smartphone (for devices with GPS). After sending an SMS with a password to the lost device, the user receives a link to Google Maps containing its exact coordinates. If the smartphone has been lost or stolen, the SMS-Block feature enables users to block access to the device remotely by simply sending a codeword to the number via SMS. Furthermore, SMS-Clean allows users to wipe their lost or stolen device’s memory and memory cards by sending a simple SMS code via SMS as well.

If the SIM card is removed from a lost or stolen phone, the SIM Watch feature in Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 sends a hidden SMS or e-mail notifying the owner of the new telephone number without the “new owner’s” knowledge. This function ensures that the owner can delete data from or block the smartphone no matter what the circumstances are. Moreover, law enforcement agencies can use the new number to track down the stolen device and return it to its rightful owner.

Parental control module

The parental control component enables parents to restrict the sending and receiving of unsuitable messages and content to a child’s phone, e.g. adult or other chargeable content services. The ability to restrict certain numbers, e.g. premium rate or international numbers, helps to keep telephone bills under control. The solution’s SMS-Find function also allows parents to locate their children if their smartphones have GPS.

Protection against Cybercrime attacks

Crimeware for mobile devices can delete or steal confidential information, send mass SMS and MMS messages from infected devices, dial premium rate numbers without a user’s knowledge and transfer malicious code to a PC once a connection is established. Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 provides real-time antivirus scanning of all incoming files and network connections, as well as on-demand and on-access scanning of the device, keeping it free of crimeware.

The Anti-spam filter blocks unsolicited messages and calls, protecting users from fraudsters and obtrusive advertising. Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 can function in whitelist mode or in blacklist mode.

The antivirus scanner automatically checks all incoming and modified SMS, MMS and email items and performs on-demand scans of the device. All malicious objects can be deleted or stored in quarantine. Regular updates of the antivirus databases via various channels, including synchronization with a PC, ensure that new crimeware is detected and deleted effectively.

The integrated firewall in Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 also prevents attacks by hackers and mobile worms that spread via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. Depending on the level selected, one or more connections will be restricted to provide user security.

Supported operating systems

Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 offers protection for smart phones featuring Symbian OS 9.x and Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1.

Pricing and availability

Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0: £19.99

The product is now available online, with the in-store date to be confirmed. For more information and to purchase Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 please visit: www.kaspersky.co.uk/kaspersky_mobile_security

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world’s most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The Company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry’s fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry’s leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at . For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit www.viruslist.com.