Trend Micro gives away mobile antivirus software

Smart move for them – hopefully they have a good product…

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Trend Micro Inc. will become the latest major antivirus software company to provide protection against mobile phone viruses, with new antivirus and antispam software for mobile phones running the Microsoft Corp. Windows Mobile and Symbian Ltd.’s operating systems.

The company plans to introduce Trend Micro Mobile Security Version 1.0 on Monday, and will allow so-called “smart phone” users to download and use the software for free until June 2005. The product contains protections against mobile threats like the recent Skulls Trojan and Cabir worm, as well as filtering for SMS (Short Message Service) spam, according to a statement.

Trend Micro hopes to attract hordes of new customers who will purchase or receive sophisticated new handsets as gifts during the holiday season, allowing them to install the new Mobile Security product and receive antivirus updates at no cost until June 30, 2005 said Todd Thiemann, director of device security marketing at Trend Micro.

The product works like other antivirus software, spotting mobile threats using signatures developed by Trend Micro. The software will protect mobile devices from new threats in “real time,” as malicious code attempts to install itself on mobile devices. Users can also scan storage devices inserted into supported phones, or initiate scans of the mobile device manually.