I’ve owned mobile devices since 2000 when I purchased my first Pocket PC; a Compaq Aero 2130 for you trivia buffs. In the past six years, I’ve really never had concerns with any viruses on my PDAs or phones, but the times are a-changing. With all of the connectivity options now available, it’s probably a good time to start playing it safer as we use the handhelds to interact with the outside world in new ways. Enter Kaspersky Lab and their open beta of Anti-Virus Mobile. The current beta targets Smartphones with Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s, 8.0, 8.1 Series 60, while Beta 2 is under development for Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0 Smartphone editions. Kaspersky indicates that "the most active participants of the program will receive a free copy of the program upon commercial release" which is a pretty sweet (and safe) deal. Full info on the beta and the specifics of the program follow.
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Mobile
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Mobile 2.0 protects smartphones frommalicious programs and unwanted messages, and provides the followingfeatures:
- Real-time protection of the smartphone’s file system against malicious applications.
- On demand or scheduled scans of file system objects stored either on your smartphone or on memory extension cards.
- Secure isolation of infected objects in quarantine.
- Updating of the antivirus databases used to detect malicious applications and delete unsafe objects.
- Blocking of unwanted SMS and MMS messages.
The user can customize Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile settings, monitorcurrent protection status, and view application logs with the resultsof application activities.
The application has an easy-to-use menu and a user-friendly interface.
What’s new in Version 2.0
The following features have been added since the release of version 1.7.
- Optimized antivirus engine and higher performance;
- The option to scan individual objects (files or folders);
- Support for unpacking sis files and scanning their contents;
- Antispam for SMS/MMS;
- Updates can be downloaded using the smartphone’s web browser;
- Information on detected viruses can be provided using the smartphone’s web browser.
Smartphones with Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s, 8.0, 8.1 Series 60 User Interface
The product has been tested on the following hardware configurations:
- Nokia: 3230, 3600, 3620, 3650, 3660, 6260, 6600, 6620, 6630, 6670, 6680, 6681, 6682, N70, N90, 7610, 7650, N-Gage, NGage-QD.
- Lenovo: P930.
- Panasonic: x700, x800.
- Samsung: SGH D720, SGH D730.
- Sendo: X.
- Siemens: SX1.
Note: The product is available in two versions: onedistribution package for Symbian OS 6.1, 7.0s Series 60 UI and onedistribution for Symbian OS 8.0, 8.1 Series 60 UI.
Please note that preparation for the release of Version 2 Beta 2 iscurrently under way. The version will include support for the followingplatforms: Symbian Series UIQ and Windows Mobile 2003/5.0 Smartphoneedition.