There’s been so much about security and spyware, I thought I’d present some facts. And to start with, I’m going to point out that it specifically states in the End User License for the BlackBerry App Store that BlackBerry does not warrant its uses against infection from viruses, spyware, or trojans.
BES is more secure. BIS has secure email. But outside of that, it’s not as secure. If it were, President Obama would not have needed a special tailored BlackBerry. It’s more secure than windows, yes. But it’s not infallible. This is why there are more articles appearing about the spyware, and why we should be aware.
SMobile Systems was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Their mobile security suite includes AntiVirus, Firewall, AntiSpam, Anti-Theft and Identity Protection, Secure Mobile Banking, and Parental and Enterprise Controls. They cover so many solutions, not only for Enterprise, but for Personal use as well.
They have the SMobile Anti-Theft and Identity Protection for $19.99. This annual subscription includes their Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware detection and removal, Lock and Wipe, GPS Locate, and Backup.
SMobile Parental Controls and Monitoring is available for $29.99 a year. This software contains the suite above, but also gives the parent the control to monitor where their child is, and control and see what texts are being sent, what’s being said, the ability to blacklist certain individuals from contacting their child, and view pics and content. With all the sexting and child molesters out there, it’s a great tool to have for peace of mind.
SMobile Security Shield is available for $24.99 a year. This has the Anti-Theft and Identity Protection Suite, but also has a firewall and Anti-Spam controls to keep unwanted messages from reaching you.
And for families there is the SMobile Family Bundle 4-Pack. This package is available for $79.95 a year and offers a huge savings. It contains 2 Parental Controls and 2 Anti-Theft and Identity Protection. So you can have protection for 4 cells.
So how does the Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software work? The virus scanner runs in the background and monitors all the data coming in and going out of the device. If it detects any malware, it will pop up a notification alerting the user of an infection and directs the user to assist in removing it. I update mine daily, but you can have it set to update weekly if you wish. It’s easy to use and I haven’t had a notification yet.
Now whether or not you believe you could be at risk, or don’t want to purchase a protection suite, you can keep up on all the new viruses and spyware that SMobile Systems keeps current on in their Global Threat Center here. There’s the Mobile Security News and the Malware Library for you to view what’s new out there.
So while more sinister devs out there work hard to find ways to infiltrate the BlackBerry system, ways to pull off identity theft, and to find every possible weakness and flaw they can in the BlackBerry, it’s up to us to keep our own BlackBerry secure.