We’re all familiar, or at least aware, of the threat of computer viruses on our home PCs. We secure our machines with anti-virus software to shield us from the harm that could corrupt our precious files, or even rob us of sensitive data such as bank details. But what about our mobile phones? Today, with our comprehensive mobile broadband plans, we use our mobiles for everything from waking us up in the morning to checking our emails, organising our bank accounts to finding a great recipe for our evening meal. Our phones, with their mobile internet options, are becoming increasingly important to us with every passing year, so it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see viruses and dodgy downloadable applications creeping onto our devices.

It was with this in mind that the well established security provider Symantec decided to create their own application, in an attempt to combat those other apps that are untrustworthy. Before you rush to your app download store to get your hands on some extra protection for your own mobile broadband plans, we should let you know that this is a product still very much in the development phase. The release date is yet to be revealed, with Symantec developers still working closely with the manufacturers of a variety of different handsets to provide a solution to fit many devices.

So how is it actually going to work? Well the plan is to score applications with a security rating, calculated using an algorithm developed by Symantec. In other words they will hold a database of all of the applications that are known to be safe and secure, along with those that aren’t. As you go to download a new application you would be informed of the security reputation score of that particular app, giving you the information that you need to know before hitting download. What’s more, you could also be provided with a warning message concerning any dodgy applications that you might have downloaded unwittingly in the past. All of this should work toward making surfing your mobile internet a safer experience.

Symantec boast that their application won’t reduce the battery life of your handset, or force a lot of downloads which would negatively affect those with download limits in their mobile broadband plans. However, knowing the reputation of how intrusive Norton Antivirus has been on computers, this will need to be seen to be believed.

Mobile broadband is revolutionising the way that we live and, although Symantec’s product is still at the drawing board stage, it is nice to know that security providers are considering our needs when it comes to safely surfing from remote locations. Within a few short years it is expected that more people will connect to the World Wide Web through mobile devices than through computers or any other means. As this growth continues we should start to see more and more security updates to keep us safe, both in browsing content online and in each and every application download that we make.