Mobile Phones Gain Virus Protection

SK Telecom and others develop software that prevents viruses from spreading and neutralizes new viruses.

SK Telecom, Koreas largest wireless carrier, along with anti-virus vendor Ahn Lab and mobile security specialist I.A. Security last week unveiled new anti-virus tools for mobile phones.

As part of the trios eight-month development effort, SK Telecom provided wireless platform technology, with Ahn Lab developing a mobile anti-virus engine and I.A. Security supplying wireless security technology, officials said.

This new type of anti-virus software is similar to PC-operated products, preventing viruses from spreading, neutralizing new viruses, scheduling updates, scanning compressed files in real time and alerting users to security vulnerabilities.

The extended mobile security technology gives Ahn Lab and I.A. Security a jump-start in this new market while allowing SK Telecom to provide safe mobile Internet services.

Last November, Ahn Lab, which holds 86 percent of the Korean anti-virus software market, released Version 1.5 of its V3Mobile software for Palm-based PDAs.

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