ESET releases Mobile Security app for Android phones

By on July 5, 2011
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New security suite adds Antivirus, Antispam, Anti-Theft, and System Monitoring in one app.

Press release:
ESET, an industry leader in IT Security, has once again added an accolade to its already existing platform of security solutions – Mobile Security (Beta Version) for Android devices.

ESET’s Mobile Security is a full suite of security and privacy tools rolled into One App. From Full-phone Antivirus and Malware (Malicious Software) Scanning to Call/SMS/MMS Blacklisting and a host of Anti-theft features, everything is made accessible from the main screen. The app has built-in system monitoring functions to show you every running process along with its resource usage. While full-system scans are available at any time, On-access scanning runs in the background to check files as they’re downloaded.

The app’s built-in help documents are written simply and to the point, with a separate help button in every section of the app, thus, making the app’s well-defined interface, user-friendly.

Commenting on the latest mobile security application, Mr. Aji Joseph, General Manager, ESET Middle East said, “The app is in beta at the moment, it runs as smooth as it looks and most importantly the beta version is available for Free testing on Android devices!!! People ask me, why get a Mobile Security Solution? This is what I have to say: As people increasingly bring their data on-the-go, accessing e-mail accounts remotely or syncing data with home computers, cyber criminals are finding new ways to exploit the vulnerabilities in mobile browsing — ESET Mobile Security is Your Solution. All information, coming via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Infrared, is scanned to protect you from emerging exploits, data loss, and SMS spam.”

Features you should look forward to in the ESET Mobile Security for Androids:

Antispam: ESET’s Antispam features apply to phone calls, text messages (SMS), and multimedia messages (MMS). They allow specific blacklisting of phone numbers—with options for both incoming and outgoing blocks.
Remote Lock – Block your phone remotely to prevent unauthorized access to your phone’s data. You can opt to simply block all unknown numbers—or more interestingly, all known numbers.

Antivirus: ESET’s Antivirus scanning is one of the most trusted in the industry and the mobile scanner hasn’t been compromised on, as expected in a general mobile app. Although the Antivirus and Antispam are both extremely important features of the ESET Mobile Security, the section of the app that’s probably the Most Interesting to Android users is its Anti-Theft capabilities.

Anti-Theft: The first time you load this app, it displays a large alert to let you know that it hasn’t been secured yet. After following easy and well-explained cues, you should have the app added as a device administrator. Then, register the currently loaded SIM card as “trusted” and register contact numbers to which alerts should be sent if the phone gets stolen. Finally, set a master password for the app and set the app to protect itself against uninstall attempts.

GPS Localization & Remote Wipe: Should your phone be lost or stolen, the app can be contacted via SMS messages and commanded to give GPS coordinates, lock the screen with a password, or even to begin wiping all data from the phone (including the SD card). If an unknown/untrusted SIM card is ever put in the phone, the app will automatically send out alert texts to the numbers set as alert contacts, with a pre-defined message that you can set.

Security Audit: Security Audit checks everything and presents a checklist to let you know how locked down the phone is. It also has a full-fledged task manager that displays currently running processes, services, and tasks on the system, along with the option to kill non-system apps.


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