Kaspersky beefs up Android security to include wearables

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Kaspersky Lab has introduced a new version of its Internet Security for Android product to also facilitate management of protection through Android Wear devices, as well as improving performance speed and protection quality.

The new version allows a user’s smartwatch to show notifications from Kaspersky Internet Security for Android when it is installed on a paired smartphone or tablet. A user can also remotely give commands to the product on the watch by pressing keys on the screen or via voice control. These commands can activate an audible alarm to find a lost phone, run a scan for Android malware and update anti-virus databases. The new version is also compatible with Android 6.0.

Alexey Chikov, product manager at Kaspersky Lab, said: “Statistics show that Android continues to be the second most attacked platform after Microsoft Windows, which is why owners of Android-based devices are strongly recommended to use security solutions. At the same time, the Internet of Things market is rapidly developing, attracting more and more users. This means that security solution vendors need to make it possible for customers to use the IoT in combination with their protection solutions.”

The security firm recorded approximately 17 million attacks by malicious mobile software in 2015, compromising programs designed for surveillance, extortion and stealing money among other criminal activities.

The new Kaspersky Internet Security for Android is now available from Google Play, on the Kaspersky Lab site, and as part of Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device, and Kaspersky Total Security – Multi-Device.

 

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