Getting your own back
As smartphones grow in importance so does the need to secure them
RUSSIAN IT SECURITY COMPANY Kaspersky Lab has launched a product called Mobile Security that aims to protect smartphone users and their information from exploitation.
Costin Raiu, chief security expert at Kaspersky Lab, says: “Most of the malware for cellphones is being deployed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. But what we’re trying to do with our mobile suite is protect phones against other things, such as theft or if your cell is lost.
“I don’t know about you, but I keep all my emails in my cellphone and I know people who keep their credit card pin numbers there. That information can get into the wrong hands if your phone is lost or stolen.”
Raiu says the Kaspersky Mobile Security suite has features designed to protect information if your cellphone gets into the wrong hands. The software is installed on your phone and allows you to send a message to your phone if it’s stolen, which will instruct it to remove all the information stored on it. The software will also keep your information encrypted and prevent access to files on the device.
You can also SMS your stolen phone, which will reply with its exact location if your phone has a built-in GPS and link to Google Maps, where you can track it.
However, because most thieves replace the SIM card, Kaspersky has also designed its solution so that if a new SIM card is inserted, your stolen phone will send you an SMS with the new number and, again, a link to its location. The phone will keep you updated with its new numbers and locations, which you can hand over to the police and the cellular network involved.
Currently, Kaspersky’s software is only available for Windows Mobile phones and those that run the Symbian operating system, such as most Nokias.
Protecting info in your cellphone. Costin Raiu