Kaspersky Lab Survey Shows More Than Half Use No Security Software on Android-Based Devices
Woburn, MA – September 30, 2013 –According to a
recent survey conducted by Kaspersky
B2B International in the summer of 2013, over 50 percent of Android-based
smartphone and tablet owners do not use any security software to protect their
devices against cyber-threats. This is in despite of the well-documented notion
that Android has long been the most popular platform purchased by consumers and
used by cybercriminals to steal from them.
Even though a high number of
participants said they do not use security protection on their mobile devices,
the results showed that 40 percent of smartphone and 42 percent of Android tablet
owners participating in the survey stated that they have installed a security
solution on their devices and are now using it.
These results highlight the
consumer way of thinking at a time when Android is well-established as the top
target for cybercriminals among all mobile platforms. According to
Kaspersky Lab research, 99 percent of
current malware samples targeting mobile devices have been developed for the Android
platform. This threat is also growing: in 2012 Kaspersky Lab specialists
detected 35,000 malicious samples, while in just the first half of 2013 the
amount detected was over 47,000.
There is also the risk of devices
being lost or stolen. For many people, smartphones and tablets are the main
place of storage for photos and videos, correspondence with friends and family,
passwords and other valuable information. It is all too easy for a device to be
misplaced or stolen from a person and have all that personal information fall
into the wrong hands.
Android Security Problems In order to protect users of
Android-based devices, Kaspersky Lab developed Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, an advanced
solution to safeguard smartphones and tablets running Android. The solution uses
the latest antivirus technologies and delivers real-time updates via the cloud-based Kaspersky
Security Network for fast reaction to new and
emerging threats. It can detect and block dangerous and malicious websites, including fraudulent and
phishing websites that aim to steal a person’s identity or finances.
If a mobile device is lost or
stolen, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android has a number of features that help minimize
the risk of valuable, personal information being lost along with the device
itself. Features that can locate the device
with GPS, Wi-Fi and Google Maps, remotely wipe all personal information from
the device, and even secretly take a “mugshot” of the thief by activating the
front-facing camera on the phone.
The premium and free version of Kaspersky
Internet Security for Android are available as separate product on Kaspersky
Lab’s official site as well as at Android Apps on Google Play. In addition it is
included in Kaspersky Internet Security –
Multi-Device, a new security
solution that provides premium protection for multiple devices, all through a
single purchase and single license.
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
15-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
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* 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.