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01 August 2008, 09:24

Kaspersky Mobile Security wipes data from lost mobiles

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Version 7.0 of Kaspersky's Mobile Security incorporates a function to wipe a lost or stolen mobile phone. If the original SIM card stays in the phone, the legal owner can send a prearranged text message by SMS, to block the phone until the correct password is input. Alternatively, he can remotely delete all the data held on it. The software also allows coupling the SIM card with the data stored on the phone. Once this is done, if a different SIM card is inserted, the contacts, appointments and documents stored on the mobile phone are locked and can no longer be accessed. Kaspersky says that optionally, when the new card is inserted, the original owner can have an SMS sent to a specified number telling him the new number that has been assigned to the phone.

A finder or thief can of course completely reset the phone, thus removing the software, but that also means wiping all the data from it.

Like previous versions, the software checks incoming files for viruses. Virus scans can also be scheduled at specified times or run on demand. A new feature is a check on the origin of SMS messages: if they come from an undesired number, the mobile will refuse to accept them.

Mobile Security costs £14 for an annual licence. The program runs on Windows Mobile (5 and 6) and on Nokia phones with Symbian S60 3rd edition.


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