Mobile Devices Need Protecting Now More than Ever, Kaspersky Lab Says
Article by George Norman
On 16 Mar 2011
Kaspersky Lab, company that offers award-winning antivirus and mobile security software for home and corporate users, says that because mobile devices are now used more than ever and are an integral part of modern communications, and because malware gets more sophisticated and professional in nature, mobile devices need protecting now more than ever.

The internet is a dangerous place. Sure, it is home to a lot of useful information, but it is also home to plenty of nasties, like viruses, Trojans, worms, scams, and so on. Most users out there know this. But even though they are aware of the dangers, they do not protect their mobile devices. They protect their personal computers, says Kaspersky Lab, but they do not protect their mobiles devices.

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Kaspersky Lab threw in some figures to put things in perspective. According to a survey performed by Kaspersky Lab on more than 1,600 mobile device users in Europe, only slightly less than a quarter believe they should protect their mobile device when using Internet banking. Only less than a quarter feel insecure about using internat banking on an unprotected mobile device.

Users should think about protecting their devices, especially since mobile malware is on the rise. According to Kaspersky Lab, the amount of mobile malware has doubled in the last couple of years. Kaspersky Lab recorded 154 different mobile malware families with 1,046 strains in January 2011. Mobile devices, because they are used by so many people, are becoming an attractive target for the bad guys. Therefore Kaspersky Lab predicts that attacks on mobile users will increase in the future.

"In the years to come, our digital lives will centre more strongly around the use of mobile devices – whether we are working, watching videos, participating in social networks or enjoying a spot of online shopping" says Eugene Kaspersky, Co-founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab. "In our professional lives, however, we will be using both mobile services as well as conventional computer technologies. The cybercrime scene will adapt to these changes and focus its attacks on both the home and the corporate Internet user."

Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 is an application users could get to protect their mobile devices. It works with Symbian, Windows Mobile, Android, and BlackBerry phones; it can be use to:
  • Locate a lost or stolen device.
  • Remotely block or wipe a lost or stolen device.
  • Store contacts, photos and files in encrypted folders.
  • Hide and unhide phonebook entries, SMSs and call logs
  • Block calls and SMS messages from specific numbers.
  • Parental controls that allows you to restrict your child’s calls and messages as well as keep track of his whereabouts.
  • Excellent malware protection. Real-time antimalware scans, automatic updates, blocking of dangerous network connections, and so on.

Additional information on Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 is available here and here.



Tags: Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky, Security, Mobile devices, Mobile Malware
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