F-Secure Corporation, a leading provider of antivirus and security software, today announced in the ongoing CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, Germany, that F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus(tm) has been launched to smartphone users in Germany. The F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service will be available through the T-Mobile t-zones service.
F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus is the most comprehensive solution available for protecting smartphones against harmful content, from malformatted messages to malfunctioning applications. It provides real-time, on-device protection and automatic over-the-air antivirus updates. The solution is currently available for Symbian OS devices. During the second quarter of the year, the same service will be available for Windows Mobile devices.
“Cooperation with mobile operators is a key element in our strategy to provide smartphone users with value added security services for protecting their devices in all situations. We are very pleased to announce that T-Mobile has chosen us to be the preferred partner in providing mobile antivirus services. Although the threat situation is not critical yet, this announcement proves that we have chosen the right direction,” said Risto Siilasmaa, President and CEO of F Secure Corporation. “We are looking forward to expanding the mobile security cooperation with T-Mobile in the future to cover also other mobile device platforms.”
The mobile operators are the natural antivirus service providers for phone users. The easiest and the most efficient way to offer the required protection is a hosted service, which allows automated distribution of the antivirus software and updates directly to the mobile device over a wireless connection. For the operator, a wireless antivirus service is preventive insurance against end user support load, terminal downtime, negative user experience and bad publicity in case of infections by mobile malware.
F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service will be available in the t-zones download area for Symbian Series 60 smartphones. Users can download the antivirus client over the air directly to the phone and will have a free test period of the antivirus update service. After the trial period, the users can subscribe to the service directly from the phone. The service is continuous and it costs 1,95 euros for each month of update service.
About F-Secure Corporation
F-Secure Corporation is the fastest growing publicly listed company globally in the antivirus and intrusion prevention industry with more than 50% revenue growth in 2004. F-Secure services and software protect individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus and desktop firewall with intrusion prevention, antispam and antispyware solutions. Our key strength is our proven speed of response to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature a centrally managed and well integrated suite of solutions for workstations and servers alike. Focused partners offer security as a service for those companies that do not wish to build security expertise in-house. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported by a global ecosystem of service partners, value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through mobile handset manufacturers such as Nokia and as a service through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Charter Communications. The latest real-time virus threat scenario news are available at the F-Secure Antivirus Research Team weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/