Smartphone security to be delivered over-the-air

Symantec has announced that South African smartphone users will soon be able to install a mobile security product over the air. The service will be delivered through XON Systems, a Symantec ExSP partner, and will be a first for consumers in the region.

It will be made available through all the major cellular service providers in South Africa that support the Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems. The service will be delivered through a seamless ‘over-the-air’ install process, allowing users to activate Symantec Endpoint Protection Mobile Edition (SEP ME) on their smartphone by sending an activation code via SMS to a specified number. After a simple confirmation, the software is installed on the phone and the protection for the mobile device is live.

The product will be launched in South Africa on 21st October 2010.

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