Kaspersky Lab has released the latest version of its mobile security to include privacy protection and remote data wiping.

The company claimed that Kaspersky Mobile Security 9.0 is designed to protect smartphone users' privacy and safeguard children. The privacy protection feature enables users to hide information about contacts they wish to keep confidential so that no trace of them will appear in contact lists, call logs, texts or incoming calls.

Enhancements to the anti-theft feature allows a user to block the device if it is lost or stolen, wipe its memory, locate it via GPS and receive notification of its new number if the SIM card is changed. Once it has been blocked remotely, the smartphone will display a prearranged message that will enable any honest finder to return it to its rightful owner.

Finally, the anti-spam functionality will allow a user to create their own personal call and text barring lists at the click of a button. This not only prevents irritating unsolicited calls, but also acts as a useful tool to combat bullying amongst schoolchildren. The software is currently available for Windows Mobile and Nokia (S60), with plans to supply for operating systems set to be released in the future.

Sergey Nevstruev, director of mobile services at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Those of us with smartphones use them every day to send and receive personal text messages, make calls, access the internet, and communicate via social networks. Smartphones store lots of information about our private lives.

“With the new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security we went even further into the domain of privacy protection for mobile users, be it personal data leaks, somebody gaining temporary access to your phone, or annoying calls and texts.”