24 November 2011
F-Secure's New Mobile Security Offers a Helping
Hand for Parents Worried About Mobile App Usage
The rapid increase in young people using smartphones and the growing popularity of apps are creating new mobile security concerns. The latest version of F-Secure Mobile Security, the world's leading security solution for mobile devices as proven by F-Secure's operator partners and their customers, provides improved security and parental control capabilities on Android devices to meet these challenges.
Today there are more children and teens accessing the web with their mobile devices than ever before. Reports indicate 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have a mobile device*, and according to Nielsen**, apps are responsible for 56% of all activity on Android smartphones. However, not all apps are suitable for every age group and some apps also come from dubious sources that are trying to spread malware.
The number of new malware variants discovered during the third quarter of 2011 has doubled since the first half of the year. There is also a growing market for Android monitoring tools and spying programs which are available for purchase from both official and unofficial markets, as well as developer websites.
Enhanced Security -- Fast Cloud Reputation Services
In December 2011, F-Secure's award-winning anti-virus technologies will be complemented with new cloud-based reputation services that provide immediate information on whether a mobile application is considered safe to install. This is a fast and effective countermeasure to zero day malware attacks.
This advanced, proactive mechanism within F-Secure's Mobile Security provides comprehensive protection against spying programs and the full range of other mobile threats. The end-user has one thing less to worry about as the reputation of the desired application is verified before installation.
Expanding Parental Control Capabilities
F-Secure's new application control capability, Safe Applications, employs a simple 'tick-in-a-box' system that makes it easy for parents to select the types of apps to restrict on a mobile device. For example, it can prevent the installation and use of social media or gambling apps. Any new application requires authorization by the parent.
Antero Norkio, Director, Mobile Security and OEM Solutions at F-Secure says, "Application control is a very useful tool in today's quickly evolving mobile-driven world. Complementing F-Secure's Browsing Protection and Parental Control features that block access to inappropriate websites, it helps to provide children with a safe online environment where they can learn and experiment with smartphones and tablets."
The new version of F-Secure Mobile Security includes Safe Contacts, which enables the user or parents to define a list of safe individuals and to control the calls, text messages and multi-media messages received. This protects the user from unwanted messages and calls, including advertising related spam or mobile bullying and sexting.
New End User Portal supplements F-Secure Anti-Theft
F-Secure has also introduced a new End User Web Portal for users to access the product's anti-theft features, in addition to using the existing SMS commands. The portal is accessible via web and mobile browsers, allowing users to launch key anti-theft operations like Remote Lock, Wipe, Locate, Alarm and Unlock from an intuitive web interface. The portal also makes it possible to manage multiple devices, for example all of a family's smartphones and tablets, under one account.
Mobile Security for RIM Devices
As an addition to its support of the Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems, F-Secure Mobile Security is delighted to introduce its BlackBerry Anti-Theft client for F-Secure's operator partners, making available an even more comprehensive line of security solutions. Should a RIM device be lost or stolen, Mobile Security users can remotely sound an alarm or lock the device to prevent unauthorized access to private information. This gives the user time to locate the device remotely using GPS, and also makes it possible to remotely wipe the data from the device if it cannot be recovered.
Marko Rapeli, Director, Sales & Business Development, Mobile & OEM at F-Secure says, "F-Secure Mobile Security creates new opportunities for our operator partners as we expand to support operating systems like RIM. Enhanced parental control features and the new End User Web Portal make this a compelling service as part of an operator's family plan offering. By allowing operators to offer targeted and relevant services to their subscribers, Mobile Security can drive top-line growth and strengthen an overall brand."
F-Secure Mobile Security is available now at: www.f-secure.mobi and through F-Secure's operator partners. F-Secure's 7.5. Android client with new Cloud-Based reputation services will be available in December. New BlackBerry client and new End User Portal for F-Secure Anti-Theft will be available through F-Secure's operator partners only.
F-Secure – Protecting the irreplaceable: While you concentrate on what is important to you, we make sure you are protected and safe online whether you are using a computer or a smartphone. We also backup and enable you to share your important files. Our services are available through over 200 operators around the world and trusted in millions of homes and businesses. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.