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STC subscribers can opt for smartphone security

Kaspersky Lab signs agreement with STC to provide mobile security protection to smartphone users in Kingdom

STC customers will have to pay SR 12 every month for Kaspersky mobile security on their smartphone.
STC customers will have to pay SR 12 every month for Kaspersky mobile security on their smartphone.

Saudi Telecom Company mobile subscribers now have the option of keeping their smartphone protected with Kaspersky Lab mobile security software.

Both companies recently signed an agreement for the service which has the potential to reach millions of subscribers in the Kingdom.

"In response to the rapid growth in subscriber services and the increasing popularity of mobile-based Internet, as well as the ever-increasing range of sophisticated mobile devices for transferring data, STC has made security and convenient subscriber services a priority addressing a growing need in an environment where data communication is becoming the core of most customers' transactions," said Abdulla Al Kanhal, service development director at STC. "Protection of mobile devices is an important feature of trouble-free mobile communications, and the fully Arabised Kaspersky KMS solution customized for STC will offer our subscribers a premium quality product,"

STC customers interested in having their smartphone protected with the software should send a blank SMS to 5800 and follow the instructions provided. Users can try the service for free for a month, after which the subscription will have to renewed at a cost of SR 12 every month.

Kaspersky Lab's Saudi partners iAxcess and NOMD are in charge of the implementation process and will also handle technical support enquiries from customers.

"Malware is here to stay and cost millions of dollars to unsuspected GSM users around the world as last year's debut of malware designed to contact remote servers has opened new profiteering horizons for ruthless cybercriminals including SMS Trojans," said Tarek Kuzbari, MD of Kaspersky Lab in the Middle East.