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Kaspersky Lab Android Tablet Protection Thwarts Mobile Cybercrime and Device Theft

Kaspersky Tablet Security Offers Trusted Protection Against New Generation of Rogue Android Applications and Viruses; Anti-Theft Technology Coming Soon as Free Upgrade

Woburn, MA – June 28, 2011 – Industry experts have called 2011 “the year of the tablet,” and cyber-criminals have taken notice.  Owners of Android tablets have seen the first glimpses of viruses and malicious applications that attempt to steal personal data and financial information.  As leading tablet vendors struggle to keep malware from infiltrating their application stores, users can once again turn to Kaspersky Lab for protection.

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, is proud to announce Kaspersky Tablet Security, the company’s first security solution designed exclusively for all types of Android tablets.  Kaspersky Tablet Security provides essential protection against malicious programs to ensure a user’s valuable device and the irreplaceable data are never compromised. 

Many malicious programs targeting Android are near-identical clones of legitimate applications, and users can only hope they are trustworthy before downloading.  Without protection from these fake applications, tablet owners don’t realize they are infected until it’s too late.  Even Android tablet owners that only download applications from the sanctuary of Google’s official Android Marketplace are at risk.  In recent months, Google has been forced to remove more than 100 malicious applications that were sold and promoted within its own online store. 

The Kaspersky Difference

While scrambling to protect the emerging tablet market for cybercriminals, other security vendors sell their smartphone security products as a “one-size-fits-all” solution for tablets.  Kaspersky Lab believes tablet owners deserve and require security software that is made to fit the specific needs, screen-sizes, and behaviors of tablet owners.  Kaspersky Tablet Security is also optimized for a full size, touch-screen experience, ensuring easy navigation and smooth system performance. 

Kaspersky Tablet Security also features automatic, real-time virus-scanning of downloaded apps, email attachments, and Instant Messages.   By keeping malware from infecting the device, Kaspersky Tablet Security protects online purchases and bank transactions made from the tablet, and ensures cybercriminals don’t sneak onto the tablet through the web browser.  Kaspersky users can install a helpful Desktop Security Gadget icon that sits on the home screen, assuring users that their protection status can be seen at a glance. To ensure a smooth, uninterrupted experience that Android tablet owners have come to expect, Kaspersky Tablet Security receives small, frequent updates that won’t slow your performance, and ensures users are protected in real-time from the latest threats. 

The Future of Kaspersky Tablet Security

Kaspersky Lab also announced its plans to add new features to its Android tablet security offerings in the near future, including protection from common thieves or forgetful owners.  These upcoming capabilities will include the ability to locate a missing tablet via GPS tracking; lock or wipe the memory of a stolen device; and remotely limit the content being viewed on your tablet.  Kaspersky Lab has not announced a date when these features will be available.  Licensed Kaspersky Tablet Security customers will be able to upgrade to these new features when they become available for no additional charge.

Quotes

Randy Drawas, Senior Vice President, Marketing Operations

Kaspersky Lab

It is evident that mobile, connected devices will play a large part in the next chapter of our digital world.  Protecting tablets from malware is a natural evolution for Kaspersky Lab, as we have always focused on delivering superior protection to our customers, no matter what device they use to communicate, store, share and interact with their data and online identities. This is just the beginning of what’s to come from our Lab as more and more people adopt tablets as an important communications and computing device.”

Where to Buy:

Available for purchase now, Kaspersky Tablet Security supports versions 2.2 and higher of the Android operating system, including the “Honeycomb” 3.x version made specifically for tablets.  A one-year license of Kaspersky Tablet Security can be purchased online at usa.kaspersky.com/store for $19.95.

Kaspersky Lab offers Free Tech Support based in North America.  Live representatives are available to assist our customers from our Americas’ headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 9PM ET, and never at an additional charge.  For added convenience, support staff can also assist through live online chat, or email at http://usa.kaspersky.com/support. Users can also access our online Knowledge Base 24/7 to find answers to most questions. 

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky 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 300 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 vendors.

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