No matter if we believe that malware threats to mobile devices are worrying enough or either not: what’s common room is that there’s a growing concern about mobile security. I guess that this is due to two facts: first, there’s a empirical and statistical evidence that attacks to mobile devices are growing month after month; and second, developers have understood mobile security in a comprehensive way. It isn’t just about antivirus and antispam anymore but also concerns antitheft and device losing prevention. Of course, these new features make sense just in mobile devices (it’s quite difficult to lose your PC or get it robbed, isn’t it?), and developers have detected that needs.
Following this approach, ESET, the well-known developer of NOD32 Antivirus, has developed a comprehensive mobile security app, ESET Mobile Security, which is expected to be officially released on 2nd May (although you can get the trial from the widget at the bottom). This app combines ESET’s mobile-optimized proactive antivirus scanning engine with antispam and anthitheft features to provide comprehensive and real-time protection against threats to mobile devices.
Thus, its main features are:
- Antivirus: It scans all downloaded apps, files, folders and SDcard seeking any type of malware: trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, adware and other emerging threats.
- What’s more, it includes SMS/MMS Antispam protection, Call Blocking and Security Audit with built-in task manager.
Anti-theft security system includes:
- Remote Lock: allows you to block the phone remotely by SMS to prevent unauthorized access to your data.
- Remote Wipe: it deletes all phone-stored data remotely using an SMS command, including contacts, messages and memory cards. Last resource to protect your privacy.
- GPS Localization: This allows to keep track of your phone remotely by a remote SMS command.
What’s more, the app has been set in a good-looking and user-friendly interface in order to make thing easier. A simple dashboard from where users can easily access all its features. There’s a trial so far, after that you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version (which will be $9.99) if you want to keep using the app. Although this is quite usual in this kind of comprehensive mobile security apps.
Emmanuel Lund, securing the flanks.