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SINGAPORE, 25 September 2017 – The smartphone has become an essential part of users’ lives, used to make financial transactions, and a store for personal and professional information.

This growth has also resulted in increased cyber threats, with smartphone infections growing 400 percent in 2016[1].

To help customers protect themselves from such threats, M1 Limited (M1) launched Asia’s first network-based mobile malware detection solution – M1 Mobile Guard.

Mobile Guard, powered by Nokia’s NetGuard Endpoint Security network-based anti-malware solution, works by checking devices accessing M1’s mobile network for signs that it may be infected by malware. This enables Mobile Guard to offer convenient always-on protection.

Once Mobile Guard determines that a customer’s device has been compromised, it will trigger an SMS and e-mail alert to the customer’s registered mobile number and e-mail address. The customer can then utilise the bundled anti-malware solution to rectify it.

“M1’s Mobile Guard is the only solution in our market to offer always-on, end-to-end network-driven malware protection – helping customers perform a device health assessment, detecting and alerting customers to a threat, and helping them eliminate any threat found,” said Mr Alex Tan, Chief Innovation Officer, M1.

“There has been a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of malware attacks over the last few years. Nokia’s NetGuard Endpoint Security solution, designed to combat today’s more sophisticated malware threats, provides complete peace of mind for M1 subscribers by delivering the highest levels of security for mobile and IoT devices,” said Mr Nicolas Bouverot, Head of Asia South at Nokia.

Customers can sign up to protect their loved ones with Mobile Guard for S$2 a month starting 26 September 2017 through the My M1 app, calling M1’s hotline 1627, and at any M1 Shop outlet islandwide. We are working with our handset partners to bundle Mobile Guard with selected handsets.

 

[1]Nokia Malware Report (https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2017/03/27/nokia-malware-report-reveals-new-all-time-high-in-mobile-device-infections-and-major-iot-device-security-vulnerabilities)

 

 

Annex A: How M1 Mobile Guard works


   

Detect: Mobile Guard checks all devices accessing M1’s network for malware signatures

Alert: Any infection discovered will trigger an SMS and e-mail message from Mobile Guard to the customer

Advise: The SMS or e-mail will help the affected customer what the malware is, the impact it may have, and how to rectify the situation

Fix: Affected customers can use the bundled Trend Micro Mobile Security app to scan their device and remove the malware. Customers who have not downloaded the app will get a download link and license key for it

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