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Nokia and Symantec to collaborate in enhancing security for smartphones
Date: 05 October 2005
Nokia and Symantec to collaborate in enhancing security for smartphones
Nokia and Symantec Corporation today announced that the two companies have signed an agreement that enables Nokia to provide its Series 60 based smartphones with Symantec Mobile Security. Through this agreement, Nokia will be able to preload their Series 60 and Symbian OS based mobile devices with Symantec's mobile security solutions, offering increased protection for consumer and business users against mobile malware threats.

As smartphone purchasing and usage become more prolific Nokia and Symantec want to offer security solutions that will help protect personal information, such as contact databases, stored on smartphones in addition to connected networks.

Symantec has been working with Nokia for more than two years to develop mobile security technology and systems for mobile devices. The new agreement strengthens the existing relationship by enabling Nokia to provide increased protection for the smartphones running the Series 60 Platform. The agreement also will enable the other Series 60 licensees to evaluate and test Symantec's mobile security solutions for their Series 60 based smartphones.

About Symantec Mobile Security
Symantec Mobile Security for Symbian OS is an integrated security client that protects smartphones from wireless threats. As mobile phones acquire more computer-like capabilities, they also become more vulnerable to viruses and hackers. Symantec Mobile Security for Symbian OS protects against those risks. The software starts safeguarding a phone as soon as it is installed, automatically turning on virus protection and closing vulnerable ports. Symantec virus protection defends against viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, automatically removing any it finds.

The AutoProtect feature runs continuously in the background, watching for malicious code in SMS, EMS, MMS, HTTP, and email files. Users can also manually scan applications and file archives. Additionally, a built-in firewall blocks suspicious incoming and outgoing connection attempts on the phone's LAN/WAN connection. Symantec LiveUpdate Wireless technology makes it easy to stay protected against new threats by downloading software and protection updates over the wireless network.
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