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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with built-in anti-malware features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with built-in anti-malware features
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to come with built-in anti-malware features
Smart Protect will be a new security solution based on Qualcomm's own real-time "Zeroth" technique to render malware harmless.

Qualcomm takes malware on smartphones very seriously and points to current vulnerabilities as a reason for everyone to start taking notice. Stagefright, for example, represents a serious threat to mobiles and even zero-day malware are being used by mobile attackers.

Thus, Qualcomm has introduced Smart Protect and its new "Zeroth" technique to add a layer of protection for future Snapdragon devices. The hardware-based solution will recognize unusual behavior and monitor unknown malware in real-time. The first products to use Smart Protect will be the Snapdraon 820 series, which is expected to launch early next year.

The chipmaker claims that its anti-malware solution uses "machine learning and cognitive behavioral analysis" and works independently from the cloud to reduce reliance on an active network connection. Qualcomm may release a corresponding API for Smart Protect to implement on other products.

The benefits of Smart Protect will ultimately depend on OEMs and software security firms. Avast, AVG, and Lookout have all pledged their support for Qualcomm.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-09- 1 (Update: 2015-09- 1)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.