JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms has partnered with international security software provider Symantec to pilot its mobile phone security suite in SA.
Blue Label co-CEO Brett Levy says Symantec approached Blue Label to act as distributor of the product in SA. “It is a good opportunity for us because people can no longer ignore security risks on their phones,” says Levy.
Blue Label is in discussions with the mobile operators to distribute the software to SA mobile users. “One of the reasons Symantec chose us is because we have good access to the prepaid market,” says Levy.
With the increased penetration of smartphones, Levy says viruses on these devices are becoming more prevalent.
Earlier this month, the first SMS Trojan Horse was identified on Android.
Levy says the Symantec software can prevent e-mail and SMS spam and is designed to protect against malicious attacks that use automated diallers to contact premium numbers.
Users will be able to download a preconfigured version of the software and pay a monthly fee to use it. The current price is set at R14,95/month and Blue Label will take a percentage of the margin. — Candice Jones, TechCentral