Trend Micro unveils service to fend off identity thieves

Security vendor last week unveiled a new security product that promises protection against identity theft.

Security vendor Trend Micro last week unveiled a new security product that promises to protect against identity theft.

Dubbed TrendSecure, the new online security service is part of its Trend Micro Internet Security 2007 suite launched at the same time. The software suite encompasses the company's PC-cillin engine, anti-malware tool, anti-fraud protection against phishing and pharming attacks, and mobile security tools.

Targeted at consumers and small and midsize businesses, Internet Security 2007 is available as a yearly subscription which covers software updates available on TrendSecure Web site.

The 12-month subscription fee--at S$89 (US$57)--covers three networked-computers and three mobile handsets and includes unlimited phone, e-mail and online support from the company. After the first year, users will need to pay S$49 (US$32) to renew their yearly subscription.

TrendSecure is currently available in English, Japanese and Traditional Chinese.

According to Eric Chong, Trend Micro Singapore's country manager for the consumer and Soho (small offices/ home offices) segmentation, the Remote File Lock feature in TrendSecure allows mobile users to remotely lock confidential files stored on their notebooks, if they lose their laptops.

Other features include the Transaction Guard, which protects users against spyware while they surf the Web via public terminals and at public Wi-Fi hotspots, and the HouseCall Free Scan, which is an online tool that scans computers for Internet security threats and provides a detailed report of threats detected.

In addition, Trend Micro also provides security protection for mobile phones. Included in the Internet Security 2007 suite, the Trend Micro Mobile Security can be deployed to protect smart phones or handhelds against security threats, The software supports mobile phones that run on Windows Mobile or Symbian mobile operating systems.

In March this year, a group of security researchers claimed to have found the first virus that can jump to a mobile device after infecting a PC.