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Webroot introduces new mobile security app for Android

To protect user's personal information from falling into wrong hands

By CBR Staff Writer

Webroot, an Internet security service firm, has introduced new mobile security application designed to protect Android smartphone and tablet users.

The Mobile Security offering for Android protects users as they browse, text, and download apps on Android devices.

The offering leverages on Webroot’s anti-malware and cloud-based and URL scanning technologies to block threats and assess the safety of website links before a user clicks on them.

In addition, the Mobile Security for Android includes multiple features to protect a user’s personal information if the device is lost or compromised; it automatically checks device settings to ensure they are secure.

The Mobile Security for Android offering features include: protection of identity and personal information if user mobile device is lost or stolen; remote locking of user mobile device; and remote deletion of user contacts, text messages, and other personal information. It also sends a temporary access code to a trusted friend in case user forgets password.

Webroot mobile solutions vice-president Quinn Curtis said they believe in protecting users as an individual, not just the device they use to connect to the Internet.

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"With smartphones and tablets, we carry around vast amounts of personal data including our contacts, emails, passwords, and even financial information; this data is targeted by cybercriminals through malware, online scams, and device theft, and the market success of the Android mobile OS provides the scale they need to make those attacks profitable," Curtis said.

"Webroot now can mitigate risks to Android users from malware, malicious websites, and personal information loss as they add smartphones and tablets as an extension of their daily lives."

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