Trend Micro enhances mobile security for Android

Trend Micro announced Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition, a solution designed to protect Android smartphones and tablets.

In January 2011, Trend Micro introduced Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android. Early features included safe surfing, parental controls, download protection, and call and text filtering.

In this version, a consumer’s mobile devices will be better protected based on the new data that has been discovered over the last six months.

One of the new features is the app scanner, which is designed to block infected apps from installing and stealing your personal information.

Additional enhancements offer a secure Web-based portall that enables users to remotely find a lost device on a Google map and set off an alarm, even if the device is set to silent. If the device can’t be found it can be locked from the portal and if all else fails the user can wipe the contents by triggering a factory reset.

As a safeguard, if the SIM card is removed the device is also automatically locked. The Web-based portal provides an easy user experience for those who may be in a state of panic over the whereabouts of their device.

The solution also gives users the ability to protect their web surfing, calls and texts. Leveraging the power of the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network infrastructure, which blocks over 5 billion threats daily, all websites visited on the device browser are checked against the same reputation databases that protect Trend Micro’s global customer base.

Parents can set web surfing policies to block inappropriate content. And calls and text message scan be blocked to avoid time wasting, costly and unwanted contact.

Trend Micro Mobile Security Personal Edition is available via the Android Market and major retail stores. While the app scanner is free, the premium services, including Lost Device Protection and Surf, Call, Text Security are available for USD$29.99 for a 1 year license.

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