Kaspersky Mobile Security Expands to Support Android and BlackBerry
February 22, 2011 –
leading developer of Internet security solutions that defend against computer
viruses, spyware and all forms of malicious software, now offers protection and
peace-of-mind for BlackBerry and Android smartphone owners, in addition to
Windows Mobile and Symbian devices.
Available for purchase today across North America, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 now offers anti-theft and privacy features
for the world’s four most-popular mobile operating systems – Symbian, Windows
Mobile, BlackBerry, and Android.
BlackBerry’s many devoted users and Android smartphones being purchased by
American consumers at unprecedented rates, people have become more connected
and dependent on these mobile devices. The potential harm caused by a lost or
stolen smartphone also increases. Kaspersky
Mobile Security 9 ensures a lost or stolen smartphone is only an inconvenience,
and not a devastating loss of personal data that can lead to identity theft and
new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 gives Android and BlackBerry users a
solution to the most common problem associated with smartphones – lost or stolen
devices. Whether the smartphone is
stolen from a table in a coffee shop, or simply left in the backseat of a taxi,
BlackBerry and Android owners can now track their device and remotely secure
their data. This ensures pictures,
personal contacts, downloaded documents, and banking credentials never fall
into the wrong hands. These data
protection tools, which are available for BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile
and Symbian devices, include:
a mobile device is lost or stolen the SMS
Find feature can view the smartphone’s real-time GPS location displayed on
Google Maps. Then via a link, the location is sent automatically to a
pre-determined email address chosen by the phone’s owner.
Remote Block and Delete
Mobile Security 9 users can remotely block communications to-and-from a missing
device, and can lock-down a missing smartphone to prevent anyone from private information. Users can also remotely delete all data from
the smartphone, protecting contacts or sensitive information from unauthorized
the thief tries to circumvent these GPS tracking and data-deletion programs by
replacing the device’s SIM card, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9’s SIM Watch will send the device’s new
telephone number to the rightful owner’s pre-determined email address. If the SIM card on a stolen smartphone is
switched for a different card, the owner the rightful owner will still have the
ability to delete sensitive data, and can provide the phone’s new number to
wireless service providers and law enforcement agencies that can track and
recover the stolen device.
new to the Android and BlackBerry platforms, Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 can be
used to control incoming and outgoing content, allowing users to easily block
spam text messages and phone calls from unwanted numbers. This ensures no more text-message spam, and
no more annoying phone calls from telemarketers or other unwanted callers.
Security for Android Phones – Control and Anti-Virus Protection
Kaspersky Mobile Security 9, Android users now have the best anti-malware
protection from rouge software or applications on the constantly-expanding
Android landscape. Android smartphones using Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 will
be equipped with an antivirus scanner to protect against all known types of
mobile malware, preventing malicious programmers from hampering the phone’s
functionality or capturing mobile data.
If these ‘mini-PCs’ are ever subjected to the cybercriminals that target
PCs and businesses today, users can rest assured they are well protected.
smartphones also benefit from Kaspersky Mobile Security 9’s Privacy Protection features,
which allow users to keep certain contacts and all communication with those
select contacts – including calls and SMS texts sent and received – hidden from
prying eyes. While in Kaspersky’s
Privacy Protection mode, selected contacts will not appear in the phone’s
address book, the phone will not ring if they call, and there will be no
notification if they send an SMS message.
Once the user enters a code to disable Privacy Protection, all missed
notifications will then appear. Ideal
for ensuring sensitive communications stay private while on-the-job or in other
public settings, Privacy Protection can also be used as a filter during times
when users don’t wish to be interrupted.
For example, instead of turning the phone off, a user can place all
contacts except for family members into Privacy Protection mode. This prevents unnecessary interruptions
during an important business meeting, but ensures the user can still be reached
in an emergency.
Security for Windows Mobile and Symbian Smartphones:
Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 also offers a
range of security tools for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones, including:
Mobile Content Filtering
Mobile Security 9’s content filtering capability can be managed through
built-in Parental Control features that allow parents to easily limit their
children’s mobile web access, as well as block calls and text messages
to-and-from undesirable numbers. Kaspersky
Mobile Security 9’s Parental Controls also allow parents to use the on-board
GPS capabilities inside these smartphones to determine their child’s location.
Data Encryption technology is also available for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones
equipped with Kaspersky Mobile Security 9.
Users can now protect multiple folders and documents with
password-protected encryption, an extra layer of security around
highly-sensitive information. Regardless
if the smartphone is stolen or simply left unattended, this data cannot be
viewed, distributed or deleted without the encryption password.
Randy Drawas, Chief
Kaspersky Lab Americas
“Android is taking the
market by storm. And Blackberry has a long history of dedicated users. Now both
can feel more secure and better protected with Kaspersky’s latest mobile
technology. Kaspersky Lab is glad to be there to help when an unfortunate
incident befalls any mobile customer. We’re there to protect their sensitive
and personal information and identity, and now Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 does
it better than ever,”
new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 is a subscription-based offering
available now for purchase through the Kaspersky online store at www.kaspersky.com for $29.95 per
license, renewable annually. The
software 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 – 2.2).
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