Qualcomm's New Snapdragon 820 Fights Malware in Real Time
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.