Nearly 20 percent of smartphone owners will at some point lose their devices, according to data collected by O+K---a research firm.

CJ Arlotta, Associate Editor

October 3, 2012

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Kaspersky Adds Mugshot to Android Security Solution

Nearly 20 percent of smartphone owners will at some point lose their devices, according to data collected by O+K—a research firm. To address this growing concern, security and threat management solutions vendor Kaspersky Lab has added new features to its Kaspersky Mobile Security solution to protect its users against lost or stolen Android smartphones.

Android smartphones can now be protected through Kaspersky Lab’s web-based control center, which can be managed from any computer. The solution also provides users with the ability to protect banking information, contacts, photos or other personal information saved on the device. The company also added a new feature called Mugshut, which enables owners to remotely activate the front-facing camera on their missing smartphone to help identify the unauthorized user or the phone’s surroundings. (TrustGo recently added a similar feature to capture the image of an unauthorized user.)

Users can access all of Kaspersky Lab’s mobile security features through the solution’s new web-based control center, which enables them to do the following:

  • Remotely lock their missing smartphone to secure personal information

  • Remotely wipe sensitive information from their missing smartphone

  • Remotely locate their lost or stolen smartphone using GPS, GSM or Wi-Fi, and Google Maps

  • Review logs of recent activities, such as their status and the results of any commands sent to the phone, or the installation of a new SIM card

Kaspersky Labs claims that due to the popularity of smartphone banking applications in the United States, the stakes of mobile security have increased dramatically. To protect its customers from this vulnerability, Kaspersky Lab has designed premium antivirus protection features for Android smartphones which include:

  • Connection to Kaspersky Lab’s online threat database for fast reaction against new and emerging viruses, spyware, Trojans, bots and more

  • Automatic scanning of downloaded apps

  • On demand and scheduled antivirus scans and updates

  • Real-time protection against dangerous links and webpages, including phishing sites

A one-year license of Kaspersky Mobile Security can be purchased for $19.95 at the Kaspersky Lab e-store, and is also available for purchase on Google Play. The company currently provides protection to more than 300 million users worldwide, and operates in almost 200 countries. For more information on Kapersky’s partner program, visit the company’s website.

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CJ Arlotta

Associate Editor, Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media

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