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Kaspersky Lab's latest mobile security software due to be released next week can wipe data with a text message command even if a thief has swapped out the phone's SIM card.

The feature is one of several in Mobile Security 8.0 focused on protecting data as well as deleting data if a device is lost or stolen, a critical concern for businesses.

For devices with GPS, the software's SMS Find feature will send a link to a Google Map with the device's coordinates. The device owner sends an SMS with a password to receive the link, according to Kaspersky. The feature can also be used to locate a child who is carrying the phone.

Kaspersky has also woven another interesting feature into the software called the SMS Watch module. If a criminal removes the SIM card from the device, the software will send a hidden message to the owner of the phone with the new phone number, which can be used by law enforcement to track the phone, Kaspersky said.


http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsID=116507

Knowing that new number also means the device's rightful owner can use another SMS feature that can block access to the phone or wipe all of its data. The feature wasn't available in the 7.0 version of the product.

In that scenario, the phone's owner sends a special code word to the phone by SMS. The device can also be located that way.

For further data security, Mobile Security 8.0 also creates a folder on the device that for encrypted data.
 
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