Singapore telecom service provider M1, in a first by a local telco will be able to alert its users within 30 seconds of malware infecting their mobiles. The malware detection service by M1 will start operating from Tuesday, 26 September. The subscribers will be charged $2 for malware detection service which promises to keep the mobile user’s mind at peace when they download apps or surf the web. M1 has around 1.2 million postpaid subscribers.
According to Mr. Alex Tan, Chief Innovation Officer- M1, the service provides “always on” malware protection at the network level which is an industry first.
The users of this malware detection service will need to download the anti-malware app onto their phones. Later they will need to click on the app to update the virus signatures, detect any hidden malware and clean up the phone of any infection.
Mr. Tan further expressed concern saying – “But would users run it daily, weekly or monthly?By the time malware is found, it would have lingered in the phone for days and done harm.”
In a latest Threat Intelligence Report released by Nokia suggests that on an average 1% of more than 100 million users are connected to the WEB globally were infected monthly last year. The report also suggests that of the 80 percent infected devices were Android-based smartphones and the rest were laptops and Apple iPhones.
Reports from security firm Trend Micro also suggest similar numbers in Singapore. The reports stat around 5,000 app downloads or 1 percent of all mobile app downloads in Singapore were infected with malware as at June this year. Singapore’s infection rate was half of Asia-Pacific’s.
The new Mobile Guard service to be introduced by M1 will take the hassles out of the way of the users as it will monitor the threats at the network level so users need not activate the anti-malware app until a threat is found.
The Mobile Guard service will be powered by Nokia’s Net Guard anti-malware solution. The Mobile Guard will actively check devices connected to M1’s network for signs of infection. On detection, it will immediately send out a notification to the mobile user by SMS or email detailing where the threat lies.
Subscribers who are affected can download a Trend Micro app for free along with the service to remove the malware. The customers will get a web link to download the app from and license key for use on one mobile device.
The Trend Micro app offered by the company only works on Android platform. There is no app available Apple user, the only way to remove malware for them would be to perform a factory reset and manually delete the infected app that contains the malware.
Source: The Straits Times