Viruses haven’t wreaked havoc on mobile phones yet, but you know that it’s just a matter of time. Cingular is taking a proactive step to lighten the burden of viruses on its users, and make a little money at the same time. They have teamed with antivirus provider McAfee to offer McAfee VirusScan Mobile to its customers. The cost will be $29.99 per year, which includes automatic, over the air updates. It will be available on a range of handsets running both Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile and is designed to not only protect against e-mail, IM and internet download viruses, but also points of entry like SMS and Bluetooth.
“While mobile threats have presented themselves largely as proof of concept, we think it’s important for carriers to get ahead of the curve and offer proactive and preventative solutions before a significant attack occurs,” says Todd Gebhart, McAfee’s senior vice president of Worldwide Consumer and Mobile Sales.
The first proof-of-concept virus specifically targeting phones showed up in June of 2004. It targeted Symbian phones and was followed up by one hitting Microsoft powered phones.