Hackers want your smartphone to perform Bitcoin mining. Phishers want to trick you into giving up your personal identity and bank account information. Thieves want to physically steal your phone so they can mine the data, make calls at your expense or sell the hardware.
Without mobile security software, your phone is vulnerable to cyberattacks. Kaspersky Internet Security for Android helps you achieve mobile phone virus protection. Although it does not bundle parental controls or backup utilities, it has well-conceived features, including anti-theft strategies.
If you want parental controls and backup utilities, they are available separately from Kaspersky. Internet Security for Android features concentrate on antispam, authentication, antimalware and anti-theft. To control spam, you can build lists of message senders and callers to block. To prevent unwanted people from accessing your phone, you can lock your screen and force a password.
Antimalware features abound. The application can perform full system scans on demand or according to a schedule. It protects against malicious files in real time and quarantines any suspicious items. Kaspersky also provides safe browsing so you do not fall victim to malicious websites and sites that could trick you into divulging your personal identity.
Of course, it is wonderful to have cell phone virus protection, but there is also the security threat of losing a phone through neglect, theft or burglary. Kaspersky Internet Security for Android includes extensive anti-theft features that you can access and control from a web interface or by using SMS commands.
If you have misplaced your phone in your home and can't call it because you no longer have a landline, you can make the phone sound an alarm so you can retrieve it from between the couch cushions. If someone takes your phone, you have many ways to neutralize the threat. You can wipe the data from your phone and lock it. You could also configure the anti-theft features so the phone locks when the SIM card changes. It is even possible to receive the thief's new phone number when a new SIM appears. If anyone tries to uninstall the app without knowing the password, the attempt will fail.
The Kaspersky mobile virus protection app conforms to Android app development best practices, which means it is easy to operate. Of course, there is more to usability than the user interface, including how the app interferes with your battery and existing applications. Kaspersky's security app does not shorten battery life or bog down the device's speeds.
If you run into issues, you can visit Kaspersky's website, which has an itemized list of help topics, including password manager and QR scanner assistance. If you'd rather talk directly to tech support, they are available on weekdays by live chat, telephone and email.
Your smartphone is a treasure trove of data that could escape your control during a successful attack by a mobile virus. Kaspersky's Internet Security for Android gives you the tools to protect your vital information. Although it does not bundle backup and parental control utilities with its mobile virus protection, the feature set provides multiple layers of protection organized into four areas: antispam, authentication, antimalware and anti-theft.