Kaspersky Tablet Security offers no-cost protection from cyberthreats and theft
25 Feb 2013
Kaspersky Lab presents Kaspersky Tablet Security – a new version of its security solution for Android tablets. According to internal testing, the updated product scans the mobile system much faster than the previous version, while the new Alarm tool will help users find lost tablets.
Mobile Threat Insight
The past two years have seriously changed the status quo in the mobile security market. The growing popularity of Android, combined with the system’s lack of built-in protection, has led to an explosive growth in the amount of malware designed for the platform. According to Kaspersky Lab data, the number of threats targeting Android grew 200-fold in 2011, while more threats were discovered in the first quarter of 2012 than in all of 2011. In effect, malware for Android has displaced all other mobile threats: about 99% of all mobile malware targets this platform. This is hardly surprising, since tablets are not that different from traditional laptops or desktops: they can also be used to conduct online transactions, read emails and do social networking. All these activities involve entering personal data, such as logins and passwords, which are of particular interest to cybercriminals. Unfortunately, few people realize the need to protect the data stored on tablets. This makes life easier for cybercriminals, which only serves to spur on their activity.
Another problem often faced by all tablet owners is device loss or theft. According to a study conducted by O+K Research in 2012, almost 1 out of every 10 tablet owners have been parted from their devices due to loss or theft. The same research shows 1 out of every 6 people owns a tablet, meaning a massive number of users would benefit from the ability to search for a lost or stolen device and prevent sensitive data stored on the device from falling into the wrong hands. All of these needs are successfully addressed by Kaspersky Tablet Security.
- Antivirus Protection
Kaspersky Tablet Security provides trusted protection against malware using cutting-edge technologies developed by Kaspersky Lab, including proactive and cloud-based technologies which help to detect new and unknown threats in real time. The product provides on-demand scanning of the system; it can also be configured to perform scanning automatically, including on schedule.
- Web Protection
Kaspersky Tablet Security reliably protects mobile Internet users against malicious and phishing links, which are the number one method used by cybercriminals to infect devices or steal personal or financial data.
- Anti-Theft Protection and Web Management
The Anti-Theft module can be used to quickly determine a missing device’s whereabouts based on data from the device’s GPS module, as well as information on locations of publicly accessible Wi-Fi networks. Users will also appreciate the new Alarm feature – as soon as it is activated, the tablet sounds a loud alarm, which continues until the owner finds the device and enters a secret code.
- If the tablet cannot be found for some reason, the owner can remotely block the device and remove sensitive data from its memory. To take advantage of all the capabilities of the Anti-Theft module, the user must register on a dedicated web portal run by Kaspersky Lab.
Pricing, availability and upgrade options
Kaspersky Tablet Security will be available from the Kaspersky Lab global online store. Contact your local Kaspersky Lab office to confirm product availability dates and prices for your region. Registered users of previous versions can upgrade to the new Kaspersky Tablet Security free of charge, but they must reinstall the application.
Victor Dronov, Head of UCP and Mobile Products
“The constantly growing number of mobile threats targeting the Android operating system leaves no doubts as to whether mobile devices built on this platform need high-quality protection. It is also essential to address risks related to the loss or theft of a tablet, resulting in sensitive data falling into the wrong hands. Features implemented in the updated Kaspersky Tablet Security solution will help the user to reliably safeguard the information stored in the tablet’s memory, regardless of the threat to which it is subjected.”