Qual­comm's New Snap­dragon 820 Fights Mal­ware in Real Time

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Fight­ing off ma­li­cious mal­ware that has al­ready em­bed­ded it­self within your de­vice can be tire­some and, in some cases, dev­as­tat­ing. These seedy pro­grams come with all forms of dig­i­tal in­fec­tions, with some even go­ing so far as to en­crypt your phone and hold­ing ev­ery piece of data on it to ran­som.

For Qual­comm, the age-old say­ing that preven­tion is the best cure has led to the com­pany cre­at­ing its Snap­dragon 820 SoC with a spe­cial kind of neu­ral chip de­signed to fight off mal­ware in real time. Also called the Zeroth plat­form, the neu­ral chip fights off mal­ware by en­abling a spe­cial mal­ware be­hav­ior anal­y­sis fea­ture called Qual­comm Snap­dragon Smart Pro­tect. Once en­abled, the Smart Pro­tect pro­gram goes straight to work by sniff­ing out ab­nor­mal and sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior on a de­vice in real time. Upon find­ing any and all sus­pected files, Smart Pro­tect clas­si­fies the ap­pli­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to sever­ity: from the less-threat­en­ing spy­ware and ad­ware apps, all the way up to the more de­struc­tive mal­ware apps, such as Cryp­toLocker.

The best part about the fea­ture is that it is a lo­cal­ized so­lu­tion, and not a cloud-based so­lu­tion, mean­ing that third-party pro­grams won't even know what you've in­stalled even when they scan for mal­ware.

Qual­comm says that de­vices fit­ted with the Snap­dragon 820 SoC will be re­leased dur­ing the first half of 2016, and they will also be mak­ing the API for Smart Pro­tect avail­able for mo­bile se­cu­rity providers, such as Avast, AVG and Look­out, at about the same time as its flag­ship pro­ces­sor's re­lease.

An in­fo­graphic on how the Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820's Smart Pro­tect fea­ture will pro­tect fu­ture de­vices.

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