Free version of Kaspersky Lab smartphone security
software finds and remotely-controls missing or stolen Android devices
Woburn, MA – January 6, 2012 – Your
smartphone is as likely to be lost or stolen as your wallet—and mobile payment
systems on the horizon make the personal information on your smartphone more
valuable than ever before. Today,
Kaspersky Lab released a free security application to keep your contacts, email
and banking information from falling into the wrong hands.
Available exclusively through the Android Market, Kaspersky
Mobile Security Lite lets you block sources of unwanted calls and text
messages, and offers a basic level of protection for your Android-based smartphone. By sending a text message to your missing
phone—using any other phone or computer—you can remotely lock, block and track
the device itself, or wipe all your information from your phone’s memory.
For Android smartphones that are misplaced or left
behind in the backseat of a taxi, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite will use the smartphone’s
GPS software to display its current coordinates to its owner. These GPS coordinates are automatically
displayed on Google Maps, allowing users to obtain a real-time location of
their misplaced phone.
If the phone has been stolen, the rightful owner
can remotely lock access to the phone’s
functions and address books and can block communications
to and from the missing device. Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite can also remotely delete all personal data from the device—including contacts,
addresses, calendars, text messages and email—preventing sensitive information from being illegally used or stolen.
Upgrade to Premium
For owners who want premium protection for their
Android smartphones, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 ($19.95) offers a
broader range of features including real-time antivirus protection, scanning
websites, apps and email attachments for malicious software. The premium software also offers anti-theft
features to prevent savvy thieves from stealing data using a new SIM card. Additionally, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9
includes a privacy feature that can
password-protect access to telephone logs,
text messages and other data—ideal to use when sharing your smartphone
with friends or colleagues.
Where to Find
Mobile Security Lite (free) is available for download exclusively in the
Android Market. This application is only
compatible with Android (1.6 – 2.3) smartphones.
Mobile Security 9
is available for purchase at Staples, Future Shop, and other retailers
throughout the United States and Canada, and through the Kaspersky Lab
store at www.kaspersky.com for $9.95 per
license, renewable annually. Kaspersky
Mobile Security 9 is
compatible with all smartphones using the Symbian OS (versions 9.1 through 9.4
or higher), Windows Mobile (5.0, 6.0, 6.1 or 6.5), BlackBerry (4.5 – 6.0), and
Android (1.6 – 2.3).
About Kaspersky Lab
Lab is the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing
comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses,
spyware, hackers and spam. The company's products provide in-depth computer defense
for more than 400 million systems around the globe, including home and mobile
users, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises. Kaspersky
technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of nearly 100
of industry leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution
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