Get­ting your own back

As smart­phones grow in im­por­tance so does the need to se­cure them

Finweek English Edition - - Communication & Technology - SI­MON DIN­GLE

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

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