Coming straight from Kaspersky Labs here at Mobile World Congress, we hear that Kaspersky Internet Security is in the final certification process and it should be going live within in the next day or so. The news was first caught by WP7Forum.ru and we checked with Kaspersky here on site.
It’s not clear what features Kaspersky Internet Security will have for Windows Phone, as the Lab here didn’t even have a Windows Phone on hand. They did note they’d try to get us screenshots of the app and info via email, so we’ll update this post accordingly as that info comes in.
Kaspersky is a well-known and liked antivirus solution for PCs. They’ve made the jump to mobile in the last few years, where ecosystems like Android OS tended to see more than your average malicious apps. Windows Phone doesn’t quite have that level of security vulnerability, though as we’ve reported on before, there are always flaws needing to be patched.
On Android, the Internet Security app has the following features:
- Kaspersky Lab’s latest protection technologies against viruses, spyware, Trojans and more
- An Antivirus Scanner - runs an on-demand malware scan of your device
- Advanced Anti-Theft Protection – Lock&Locate, Wipe, Full wipe, Mugshot.
- A new ‘Alarm’ feature has been introduced – you can remotely sound the alarm, helping you to find your device if it is somewhere nearby. The alarm works even in ‘silent’ mode.
- Anti-Theft Web Management Portal. Using a personal online account you can manage all the anti-theft options from a single point.
- Call &Text Filter for smartphones – protects you from unwanted calls and text messages
Once again, we’re not sure if all of those features will be present on Windows Phone due to locked-down nature of the OS. In theory, Kaspersky could have received extra permission via a so-called RPAL SDK for deeper OS access, but we doubt that idea.
We’ll keep you posted when the app goes live and if it’s worth your time. This could be another AVG type app, and more fluff than substance.
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