From the folks who brought you Vipre Antivirus for Windows, Vipre Mobile for Android is now available for a public beta testing. Along with the standard functions you would expect from a security application, Vipre offers a bit of parental controls and some unique methods to block messages containing phrases or words deemed undesirable. Here's how they describe the features in a weekly newsletter sent out to current users of their PC software:
Antivirus: VIPRE Mobile's powerful Antivirus protects your data and privacy
from malicious software that can affect your Android device's normal
operation - or worse, steal or destroy personal information.
Antispam: Spam is not only annoying, it may contain malicious links. Antispam
stops texting spam from hitting your phone, blocking by content or by
specific phone numbers.
AppControl: You may want to show off your phone or maybe a friend needs to
make a call. But there are some applications that you just don't want anyone
else to run like personal email, or online financial programs. With
AppControl, you can control what applications can be run on your Android
device with or without permission.
Remote Locate: Ever want to know where your children are. With VIPRE Mobile
you can track their Android phone or device on a map from the VIPRE Mobile
website. You can even follow its location, showing you where it's been over a
period of time.
Remote Wipe: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can easily remotely
wipe its contents so that no one will be able to see your personal
Remote Alarm: How many times have you asked "Where did I leave my phone?"
Just got to the VIPRE Mobile website and set the remote alarm and your device
will emit a very hearable and loud tone.
Backup: Maintain and protect your vital contacts, pictures, videos and other
personal items safe on our secure online servers. If your device is ever lost
(or you buy a new one and want to transfer your data), just click one button
to bring it all back. You can also backup your data to an SD card.
Monitoring: Parents can keep an eye on all your child's phone activities
including IM chats, websites visited, and call logs.
Anti-sexting: Block inappropriate texts of a sexual nature from being sent or
received. The online world is not always the safest place, keep your children
Anti-bullying: Cyberbullying has become epidemic and can cause potentially
painful emotional harassment to children. Our cyberbullying feature looks for
abusive bullying language in texts and blocks it.
Parental Controls: From the website you can easily enable or disable web
browsing, email, texting, phone calls or texting while driving, or simply set
time restrictions when it's appropriate to use these features.
I'm sure many parents out there will be interested in a bit more control over what their kids are doing with an Android smartphone, and it looks like Vipre is trying to fill that need. As mentioned, the application is currently in an open beta, so like all other things beta there may be bugs. If you're feeling brave and want to check it out, hit the source link for more details and a download (Android 2.2 or higher).