LONDON, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Kaspersky Lab presents a new free Android app, a tool which enables users to protect the things that are valuable to them - their mobile devices and personal data. Phound! - derived from the words Phone and Hound - helps find a lost gadget quickly and keep any valuable information stored on it away from prying eyes.
According to a survey of Internet users, over a one year period, one in 20 consumers - and as many as one in six for some countries - have lost their smartphone or tablet as a result of carelessness or theft. Over one third (38 per cent) of users admit that their devices contain confidential data that they would definitely not want to fall into the wrong hands, including financial data (stored by 19 per cent of respondents) and login details and passwords for accessing email, social networks and other profiles (30 per cent).
Kaspersky Phound! was developed to prevent this happening. Phound! offers gadget owners the ability to control their devices and the data stored on them remotely, via the My Kaspersky portal. If a device is lost or stolen, users can quickly block it to prevent unauthorised access, as well as using GPS, GSM or Wi-Fi networks to find its position on the map. To make searching for the device easier, users can also take pictures with the front camera or bring up a message on the device's screen.
If the telephone or tablet was lost at home or in the office, it can be found with the help of the Alarm feature - the device makes a loud sound and continues until the owner enters a secret code. As a last resort, the owner can use Phound! to remove all personal data from the device and the SD card remotely, including contacts, messages, photos etc., as well as perform a hard reset of the device, if required.
"For many users, mobile devices serve as storage for their most valuable and important data - contacts of friends and colleagues, personal messages, private photos and many other things. This means that today's smartphones and tablets need the same security as a bank vault. However, unlike bank vaults, smartphones are small, portable and easily misplaced. That is why we created a solution for our users to prevent their mobile 'vault' from falling into the wrong hands," said Alexey Chikov, Senior Product Manager, Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Phound! is available in eight languages from Google Play Store, the official app store for Android. This app complements the Kaspersky Lab portfolio of free and freemium mobile products for home users, which includes Kaspersky Safe Browser for iOS and Windows Phone, Kaspersky QR Scan, Kaspersky Threat Scan, Kaspersky Internet Security for Android and Kaspersky Password Manager for iOS and Android.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world's largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 17-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 400 million users worldwide. Learn more at http://www.kaspersky.co.uk .
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2013. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2014-2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares (IDC #250210, August 2014). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2013.
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