Kaspersky Mobile Security Provides Smartphones Advanced Protection From Malware, Data Theft, Text-Message Phishing, and Device Theft
Woburn, MA –March 25, 2013 – Kaspersky Lab today announced a new version of Kaspersky Mobile
a security app for Android-based smartphones. The product comes with a brand
new technology for checking suspicious links in text messages and a new Alarm
feature that helps users find lost smartphones.
Kaspersky Mobile Security now
offers core protection tools, including the new Alarm anti-theft tool, at
no cost. The premium version of Kaspersky Mobile
Security includes several features that automate and enhance the anti-malware
and privacy functions, and users can upgrade from the free trial version directly
from their smartphones.
Mobile Threats and Theft
people fail to realize that mobile devices access the same websites – and
threats – as personal computers, and mobile devices can be just as vulnerable
as PCs. Today, most users understand the
need for security software on their personal computer, but often fail to see
tablets and smartphones as “pocket-sized” computers that require the same
protection from malware and cybercriminals.
As more people use smartphones and tablets to access their bank accounts
and purchase goods online, cybercriminals now see mobile malware as an easy way
to strike unprotected devices and make fast money.
fact, Kaspersky Lab specialists detected over 35, 000 new malicious
programs for Android devices in 2012 – approximately
six times more than in 2011. That growing trend is likely to continue this
year, while malicious programs look set to become more complex and dangerous.
Also, Android devices are clearly the most popular targets, as nearly 99
percent of all mobile
Kaspersky Lab detected in 2012 were designed to attack Android smartphones and
addition to the threat of malware, users often lose important personal
information in more low-tech ways. According to a survey
conducted in 2012 by O+K Research, 14 percent of users either lost or had
their smartphones stolen. That’s why it’s critical for a mobile security
solution to not only protect against malware and other types of attacks but
also be able to prevent confidential data from falling into the wrong hands –
something the new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security successfully achieves.
Kaspersky Lab has
incorporated state-of-the-art security technologies into Kaspersky Mobile
Security, including proactive and cloud-based technologies that make use of Kaspersky Security
Network. For user
convenience, the product includes automatic scanning and real-time protection
(available in the paid version) alongside on-demand scanning.
Mobile Security reliably protects mobile web access from malicious links
designed to steal personal and financial data. The new Text Anti-Phishing
feature shields the smartphone’s owner from malicious SMS spam and scams by
checking all links in incoming text messages.
Anti-Theft Protection with Remote Web Management
the help of the Anti-Theft module the user can remotely block a smartphone,
wipe confidential data from the memory, and even take a photo of the person
who found (or stole) the device if it has a frontal camera. If a smartphone
is lost, the user can locate it using GPS tracking, or signals from the
closest cell phone towers or Wi-Fi networks. The new Alarm feature helps find
a smartphone misplaced in the immediate vicinity, or makes it conspicuous for
a thief to carry: when this feature is activated, the device emits a loud
siren noise until the owner finds it and enters a secret code.
Moreover, the updated version of Kaspersky Mobile
Security allows users to remotely interact with a lost or stolen device,
increasing the chances of finding the device. By logging in to Kaspersky
Lab’s Anti-Theft Web
Management Portal, the user gains access to all of the Anti-Theftmodule’s capabilities, including
remotely locking the device or remotely deleting all data from the device.
The Privacy Protection feature can hide
specified contacts as well as lists of incoming and outgoing calls and
messages from prying eyes. This can be useful if the need arises to
temporarily give your smartphone to a friend or a colleague to use. This feature can be enabled automatically
or upon the user’s command, which can be sent remotely.
Call and Text
The product’s features can also be used to
create white- and blacklists of contacts, block unwanted calls and messages,
including those from concealed numbers, or to completely block incoming calls
or SMS messages.
availability, and upgrade options
Security will be available from the Kaspersky Lab online store and wherever
quality software is sold in the U.S. and Canada. Registered users of previous versions can upgrade to the new Kaspersky Mobile
Security free of charge, but they must
reinstall the application.
A free version of Kaspersky
Mobile Security is available to all; the premium version is available for $14.95
for a one-year subscription. Features
offered in the premium version that are not available in the free version are:
Automatic scans of downloaded applications and
scheduled full system scans as the user prefers
Real-time protection from emerging threats through
Kaspersky Lab’s cloud network
web browsing that
prevents users from visiting dangerous websites, including fraudulent phishing
websites designed to steal your identity and money
filters spam messages or malicious URL
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 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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