Free app protects gadgets and information and is available on Google Play
Kaspersky Lab has announced a new free Android app that enables users to protect the things that are valuable to them, such as their mobile devices and personal data. Called Phound!, derived from the words Phone and Hound, the app 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 by Kaspersky (Consumer Security Risks Survey 2014, July, 2014), over a one year period one out of every 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%) 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% of respondents) and login details and passwords for accessing email, social networks and other profiles (30%).
Kaspersky Phound! was developed to prevent this happening. It 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.