Because of the growth of mobile commerce and the need to keep users safe
as they increasingly use mobile devices, security expert Avira
announced today that it has significantly upgraded its free Avira
Mobile Security for iOS app with two new features: Identity
Safeguard and Locate Device (up to five iOS and/or Android devices), and
also has added three features to its new premium Avira Antivirus
Security Pro app which is now available for every Android smartphone
and tablet owner. The features were developed from Avira's new mobile
development office in Silicon Valley.
With Avira Mobile Security for iOS, Avira is the only security
vendor to offer iOS users a feature called Identity Safeguard, which
ensures an individual's personal email is not one of the 160 million
that have been caught in security breaches in the last 6 months alone.
Users can see if their personal identity details have been leaked in any
security breaches, and an on demand scanner allows the user to scan
their entire address book to detect any compromised contacts. If any
contacts have been compromised, users can email any breached contacts
directly to alert them about the danger. On average, between 5% and 10%
of a typical user's address book contains email addresses that have been
Avira also gives iOS users a new feature called Locate Device, which
monitors and keeps track of up to five devices. Users can see at any
time on a map where a specific iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet
device is and those devices can be made to ring to help locate them. The
app can be used on any iPhone or iPad to manage all the devices.
"With our free app for iOS users, Avira has changed the paradigm for iOS
security," said Leon Crutchley, mobile products manager for Avira. "Not
only can users ensure that their identity has not been compromised, but
they can check all the people in their contacts to find out if their
email address have been compromised as well. Add in the ability to
locate multiple iOS and Android devices in real-time from your iPhone,
and you've got a new definition of security for iOS."
Android Premium Upgrades
Avira added the following three premium features to Avira Antivirus
"It is common knowledge that many malware attacks now come through the
browser, not just from malicious apps, and that is just unacceptable to
those Android users who simply want to stay safe while surfing, playing
or working on their mobile Android device," explained Crutchley. "We
have worked very hard to provide our users that want protection
everywhere, a premium app that keeps them safe when browsing online and
also when they are using any app on their device."
Cost and Availability
Avira Mobile Security for iOS is free. Avira Antivirus
Security Pro upgrade costs $9.99 (7.95 euros). Both apps are
available directly from Avira's
Avira Mobile Security for iOS v.1.4 is available for devices
running iOS 7.0 and above and is optimized for iPhone 5. It is currently
available for German and English language devices but other languages
will be added as quickly as possible.
Avira Antivirus Security Pro is available for Android 2.2 and up
and is currently localized for German, English, Italian, French,
Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.
More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira's
security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the
company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1
in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer
Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1
fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest
vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string
of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.
Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers
and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit www.avira.com.
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