Kaspersky Lab’s Answer to Android Smartphone Security Challenges Includes Privacy Features Not Offered by the Competition
Woburn, MA –September 13, 2012 – Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of security and threat management solutions, today announced outstanding results in a group test of performance and malware detection of popular smartphone security systems, conducted by the AV-Comparatives independent test lab. A total of 13 products for the Android platform were tested, with a focus on malware detection capabilities, anti-theft functionality and power consumption of the products. The test report, which can be found at the AV-Comparatives website, provides useful guidance for those wishing to properly protect their mobile data.
Testing was conducted in July and August 2012 on a Samsung Galaxy S Plus smartphone running Android 2.3. The first test compared the power consumption of the smartphone before and after the installation of each security suite. The verdict of this test is clear: none of the 13 solutions tested showed a significant impact on battery life. The decrease of battery life was no greater than 3 percent for all mobile security products tested.
To test how effectively malware was detected, over 18,000 samples of popular malicious programs for Android were used. The products had to detect each sample in real-life conditions – a new program was scanned prior to an installation attempt. This methodology recreates a typical user scenario where malicious programs are either blocked after scanning, or when an attempt is made to install them. The smartphone used during testing was able to connect to cloud-based security services, which meant Kaspersky Mobile Security could receive the latest information on new threats from Kaspersky Security Network. The results of this test were extremely positive for Kaspersky Lab’s product: it was placed in the top category of products that blocked 98-100 percent of malicious files.
AV-Comparatives picked out several functions which were unique to Kaspersky Mobile Security or which performed better than the competition. In particular, the ability to hide incoming call histories, text messages and contacts was highlighted. Another core feature to gain favorable attention was Web Filtering, only recently introduced to Kaspersky Lab’s product, which automatically detects and blocks malicious websites during mobile web surfing.
Kaspersky Mobile Security can be purchased for $19.95 at the Kaspersky Lab e-store, and is also available for purchase on Google Play.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and Enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
*The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2010. The rating was published in the IDC report Worldwide IT Security Products 2011-2015 Forecast and 2010 Vendor Shares – December 2011. The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2010.
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