TechInAfrica – RND Labs has launched an anti-virus app called Guardian to secure local mobile user’s airtime from overseas-based mobile fraudsters. The app is described by its developer as ‘anti-virus app for airtime’ with the ability to scan, notify, detect, and remove malicious apps.
Director of RND Labs, Laurence Seberini said: “We hope Guardian will emerge as the leading locally-developed Android app aimed at protecting mobile users from inadvertently downloaded malware. Airtime is a de facto currency today and its theft has a real adverse financial impact on millions of people.”
Guardian anti-virus app is currently available to users of all South African mobile network Black cordless phone with written AIRTIME on the screen. It will be available for free for an unspecified limited of time on Google Play Store for the first 1,000 downloaders. Users soon to be charged R9.99 per month with the first free trial of 30 days.
Saberini explained: “This is the only locally-developed anti-malware app that notifies the user of potential threats in real-time while offering the fastest way to neutralize them.”
“The growing challenge of malware and ransomware inadvertently downloaded from app stores by unsuspecting mobile users requires effective responses from the local mobile content and applications industry. We believe Guardian is a great example of what can be achieved by local development talent in the face of virtual threats,” Saberini added.
RND Labs is based in South Africa with its presence in Cape Town. It’s also a member of South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA), a self-regulating industry body which is well-recognized in the country.