Friday, June 12, 2009

Mobile Phone Antivirus

Virus Threats on mobile phones are increasing. In the past two years, Trend Micro and F-Secure have released several reports - the most notable ones being at the Cellular Telephone Industries Association annual gatherings- that talked of a trend where viruses have been on the rise in cell phones.

The bulk of these viruses were found to be on the two platforms: Windows Mobile and Symbian. Needless to say, antivirus companies from Symantic to Kaspersky were quick to launch several mobile antivirus kits. A free antivirus would not be good enough; think again.

NetQin Antivirus
For a waiting to hand in a freeware antivirus from Avg, Avast or Avira, till then NetQin's mobile antivirus package from Chinese firm is possible alternative.

The installation is pretty easy and straightforward, and doesn't take up much disk space. Upon installation, it’ll prompt for an update of the virus definition files, done quickly over your wireless connection.

The first scan will, of course, take a long time and users should be prepared to start it at night, before sleeping. The software claims to dig into the core of each file to scan it and uses battery power effectively while at it – two aspects that have been verified by several reviewers.

Still, if you do start the scan during the day and need to use the phone in between, hit the helpful ‘pause’ button and resume the scan whenever you have time.

What’s more, the software features a great real-time monitoring tool. NetQin is vigilant about any data that is being sent over SMS, MMS, Bluetooth, infra-red, GPRS and other network connections, and claims to detect and block threats effectively.

The smashing part about this program is that apart from Windows mobile and Symbian, it’s also compatible with almost every Nokia phone out there.

Platforms: Windows Mobile, Symbian, Nokia S40 Operating system
Price: Free

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