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Snapdragon 820 built to fight malware with new Smart Protect feature

by Todd Haselton | August 31, 2015August 31, 2015 8:00 am PST

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 processor, which will likely power the next crop of flagship smartphones, will help to fight malware right from the system level of your smartphone. The technology will run through an app called “Smart Protect” that’s powered by Qualcomm Zeroth technology.

Qualcomm said the malware-fighting technology will “support accurate and effective detection of zero-day malware threats for improved personal privacy and device security.” The company said the added feature won’t cause a huge ding to battery life but will provide “instantaneous” notifications to the smartphone user if it detects something fishy going on.

“With consumers storing more personal information on their devices, data leakage incidents and malware are on the rise. Qualcomm Technologies is uniquely equipped to address these issues with our ability to access lower layers of the software stack and dedicated security hardware, to create a device-based, behavioral analysis approach for mobile security,” said Qualcomm Technologies director of product management Asaf Ashkenazi.

Qualcomm said the first phones with Smart Protect will ship in 2016.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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