Proven Tools for Securing PCs Now Used to Outsmart Cybercriminal Attacks on Smartphones
Woburn, MA –June 25, 2012 – As smartphones become increasingly similar to PCs
than traditional phones, cybercriminals have begun adapting their
tried-and-true attack methods to target smartphones, specifically smartphones
on the Android platform. To keep users ahead of these sophisticated thieves, Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management
solutions, today announced a new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security to provide premium protection for Android
The capabilities of smartphones
have gone far beyond telephone calls and text messaging. According to a study
conducted in March 2012, by Harris Interactive,
- 16% of smartphone users store personal documents on their
- 47% access social networks via mobile devices
- 53% of smartphone owners worldwide regularly use their mobile
devices for Internet access.
If these pocket-sized computers
are performing the same online activities as full-sized PCs, shouldn’t the
smartphones get full-sized protection as well?
Android devices are by far the
top target for cybercriminals and malware.
By the end of 2011, there were 200-times more unique pieces of Android
malware than the year before, and this rate continues to climb in 2012. What
does malware do once it infects your phone? Some of the biggest threats to
Android smartphones in the past year included:
- A self-spreading worm that automatically sent itself to all
the contacts stored on the device, and blocked users from answering incoming
- A Trojan Horse that pretended to be a legitimate program, but
once installed by the user, sent hidden text messages to premium-rate numbers,
causing user phone-bills to skyrocket.
- A program that recorded all phone conversations, and sent the
recordings back to its creator.
- A malicious program that looked so real, it was allowed into
the official Android Market. Once
installed by unknowing users, the program took full control of the smartphone
and began downloading more malicious code from the Internet.
For more details on these
attacks, click to see Kaspersky Lab’s Android Malware
Beat New Threats with Smarter
Fortunately, Kaspersky Mobile
Security now includes more of the advanced features found in Kaspersky Lab’s
award-winning PC security products. This
new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security now includes an automatic connection
to Kaspersky Lab’s cloud database of new
threats. That means whenever a new
piece of malware is discovered anywhere in the world, Kaspersky Lab customers
will be protected from the threat in minutes. When browsing the web, Kaspersky Mobile
Security also keeps you safe from malicious
websites and phishing attacks that trick users into sharing their personal
information. In using smartphones to carry out daily tasks, such as shopping
and banking, it’s important to know your credit card information and banking
credentials will remain safe from cybercriminals. This feature makes shopping,
online banking and even social networking from your mobile phone that much
Kaspersky Mobile Security works
in the background to scan every file, application, email attachment and media
file to ensure they are safe to open.
With new proactive behavioral analysis
technologies, Kaspersky Mobile Security stops malware more efficiently than
ever before by recognizing emerging and unknown threats and subsequently
blocking them. But don’t take it from us – read the results of AV-Test’s detailed
tests of more than 40 mobile security products. Kaspersky Lab’s smartphone security posted a
top score, compared to some “free” security products that didn’t block a single
threat and provided no real security from the rising tide of Android malware.
Improved Anti-Theft Features
Kaspersky Mobile Security also
includes improvements to keep your data safe from physical thieves as
well. Users can remotely lock a missing
smartphone to prevent unwanted access, or track the location of the device
using GPS and WiFi signals displayed on a Google Map link. Users can also remotely wipe all personal
contacts, text messages, or even completely reset the phone to its factory
settings without a trace of personal data remaining.
Managing Your Incoming Calls and
A convenient feature included in Kaspersky Mobile Security is the ability to
filter incoming calls and text messages. Users can easily add numbers to a
“white” or “black” list ensuring the avoidance or approval of unwanted incoming
calls and text messages. This feature also blocks calls and texts from hidden
and non-numeric numbers shielding users from unsolicited spam calls and texts.
The Privacy Protection mode
allows users to take their mobile privacy to the next level. Easily conceal
your private mobile communication from prying eyes by hiding contacts,
incoming/outgoing calls and texts and communication logs. While in this mode,
communication from selected contacts will be hidden. For instance, the selected
contacts will not appear on the phone’s contact list and no notifications will
be heard or seen if the contact calls or texts. Once a code is entered to
disable the privacy protection mode, users will be able to view all missed
calls and texts from their selected private contacts. This mode acts as an
additional level for personal privacy or to simply remain uninterrupted during
Pricing and availability
The new Kaspersky Mobile
Security can be purchased for $19.95 from Kaspersky Lab’s website. Kaspersky Lab customers using
previous versions of Kaspersky Mobile Security can install the update free of
charge. Kaspersky Mobile Security is
also available for purchase on Google Play.
Lab North America
“With Android threats increasing exponentially by the
day, it has become even more crucial to maintain your privacy and secure the
information stored on your smartphone. With much of our lives spent on or
with our phones, mundane tasks such as browsing the internet can compromise the
security of your data if an infected link is accessed. Kaspersky Mobile
Security ensures not only the physical safety of your device, but also the
integrity of your personal information and data.”
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.
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