to Gartner, in 2013, 78.4 percent of smartphones used the Android operating
system, showing that Android is the most popular operating system for mobile
devices. The downside to the platform’s popularity is that it attracts
cybercriminals; it was the target of 98 percent of all mobile malware programs detected by Kaspersky Lab
in 2013. Many of these malicious programs are specifically designed to steal consumer’s
money by sending text messages to premium-rate numbers, hijacking electronic
account details, and transferring money to cybercriminals. This situation is
further complicated because more than half of mobile device owners neglect to
install a security solution, according to a survey conducted jointly by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in 2013.
To determine which security solutions best protect
Android devices, PCSL tested 12 products from different vendors. They were
tested against a selection of over 2,200 malware samples. Kaspersky Internet Security for
Android detected 99.909 percent of threats with no false positives. This was
the best test result, matched by only one other solution.
Lab develops security solutions to protect Android devices and help better
safeguard devices running other operating systems. In October 2013, the company
released its free Kaspersky Safe Browser for the iOS operating system. This application safeguards users
of Apple mobile devices from Web pages with malicious and undesired content while
browsing the Web. In February 2014, Kaspersky Lab also released a version of
this program for Microsoft Windows smartphones.
Oleg Ishanov, Director of
“As consumers keep
increasing the amounts of confidential information stored on their mobile
devices, protection for smartphones and tablets is now essential. This is
especially relevant to owners of Android devices – this platform is so popular
that it has become the top target for cybercriminals. As PCSL’s testing
has shown, Kaspersky
Internet Security for Android provides reliable protection against malicious
applications, many of which can inflict tangible damage to the user, including
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 more than 16-year
history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides
effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers.
Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom,
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, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report
"Worldwide Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares
(IDC #235930, July 2012). The report ranked software vendors according to
earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2011.
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