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Wed 8 Dec 2004 04:00 AM

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Trend Micro unveils mobile security apps

Trend Micro, the Japanese IT security vendor has announced the availability of Trend Micro Mobile Security 1.0, providing free antivirus and anti-spam protection for Middle East customers using data-centric mobile phones, PDAs and smartphones.

Trend Micro, the IT security vendor has announced the availability of Trend Micro Mobile Security 1.0, providing antivirus and anti-spam protection for SMS messaging customers using data-centric mobile phones and PDAs.

With almost 90% of corporate companies in Europe planning to implement wireless networks in the future, and some 50% providing PDA devices to employees today, the momentum towards mobile businesses is increasing.

With an estimated global market of some 10 billion connected devices by 2005: a result of the convergence between traditional desktop and data center computing and telephony industry, analysts predict that such data-centric mobile devices will become an attractive target for virus writers, phishers and spammers. Even in the Middle East, handset vendors have seen a surge in shipment numbers running into millions of 2.5G phones and handhelds.

TrendLabs, Trend Micro’s global network of antivirus research centers, identified in 2004 a number of proof-of-concept viruses for mobile phones, such as SYMBOS_SKULLS.A (a Trojan which targets Symbian OS powered Series 60 phones, particularly Nokia 7610 models) and SYMBOS_CABIR.A (a worm which spreads through Bluetooth-enabled Series 60 phones); it is likely that further attacks on such devices will occur in the future.

Going with the festive spirit Trend Micro is offering its customers the first edition of Trend Micro Mobile Security free of charge until June 2005. The Japanese vendor adds that its software is compatible with devices from most major handset providers.

“Many people will put hi-tech gadgets, data-centric mobile phones and PDAs on their holiday gift wish list. As the number of people using the devices increases, so they become more enticing targets for virus writers,” says Raimund Genes, president of EMEA Operations at Trend Micro. “By offering the first version of Trend Micro Mobile Security free of charge, we wish to provide its customers and their data-centric devices a secure holiday season.”

Trend Micro Mobile Security is available immediately for devices using the Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 operating system (Pocket PC) while the Symbian OS v7.0 (used in Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobiles) will be supported next month. The vendor however is yet to support the Palm OS, used in PalmOne handhelds and smartphones.

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