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Wed 11 Jun 2008 10:21 AM

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Smartphones become secure

Symantec is in discussions with distributors and telecom companies as they look to form a partnership in the region for the new product, Norton Smartphone Security

Global security provider Symantec has launched Norton Smartphone Security, a product that, the company states, is the first consumer mobile security offering to provide a security solution for both Windows and Symbian OS run mobile phones. The solution is intended to give users a safeguard against the raft of threats and attacks aimed at mobiles.

Con Mallon the director of product marketing EMEA for Symantec said: "Smartphones are allowing consumers the freedom to communicate and access important information anytime, anywhere, making them more attractive than ever. However, with a rising number of users comes an increase in potential threats from cyber criminals."

The solution comes complete with firewall and anti-spam for SMS as well as Norton's antivirus technology. The solution draws on the same core technologies that can be found within Norton's PC products. These technologies are then applied in the context of the Windows or Symbian operating systems together with the smartphone's specific usage.

Similar to Norton antivirus, it features auto-protect as well as scan after card insertion. According to the company, this functionality protects phones against viruses, worms and mobile spyware. The firewall provides real time intrusion prevention and controls both in and out bound network traffic on the mobile device. This blocks hackers, other intrusions and denial of service attacks. The product also blocks short text and multimedia messages from unwanted senders by automatically filtering these spam messages to a separate spam folder.

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