Kaspersky Lab has announced the release of its latest version of Kaspersky Mobile Security, a dedicated security solution for Android-based smartphones. The updated Kaspersky Mobile Security is up to ten times faster than the previous version for antivirus scanning and provides users with core protection tools at no cost.
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. 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 with nearly 99 percent of all mobile threats now targeting Android devices with malicious programs set to become more complex and dangerous.
In addition to the threat of malware, users often lose important personal. According to a survey conducted in 2012 by O+K Research, 14 percent of users either lost or had their smartphones stolen. This is why it is 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.
To address these challenges, the new version of Kaspersky Mobile Security includes a brand new tool for checking suspicious links in text messages, while a new Alarm feature helps users to locate missing smartphones. Key features of the new product include:
* Antivirus Protection
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. Combined, they provide robust, reliable protection from cyberthreats. For user convenience, the product includes automatic scanning and real-time protection (available only in the paid version) alongside on-demand scanning.
* Web Protection
Kaspersky 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
With 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 readings or signals from the closest GSM towers or Wi-Fi networks. The new alarm feature helps find a smartphone misplaced in the immediate vicinity: when this feature is activated, the device sends out a loud signal 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 dedicated web portal, the user gains access to all of the Anti-Theft module’s capabilities.
Several of the functions available in Kaspersky Mobile Security can also be activated by sending an SMS containing a special command to the stolen smartphone from another phone.
* Privacy Protection
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 Filtering
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.
Petr Merkulov, Chief Product Officer, Kaspersky Lab comments: “There is every reason to presume that the number of Android devices will grow in 2013, and so will the number of malicious applications for this platform. That means demand for mobile security solutions will also continue to rise. That demand can be satisfied by Kaspersky Lab’s updated Kaspersky Mobile Security which reliably protects users’ personal data from cyberthreats and in cases when a smartphone is lost or stolen.”
Kaspersky Mobile Security will be available from the Kaspersky Lab global online store. Registered users of previous versions can upgrade to the latest Kaspersky Mobile Security free of charge, but must reinstall the application.