Webroot introduces smartphone and tablet security

Internet security service company, Webroot, has announced two new mobile security applications designed to protect Android smartphone and tablet users.

Webroot Mobile Security for Android Smartphones and Webroot Tablet Security for Android make it easy for users to stay protected as they browse, text, and download apps on Android devices. A basic version, offering more limited features, is also available for free on the Android Market.

The Mobile Security for Android product uses Webroot’s antimalware and cloud-based and URL scanning technologies to block threats and assess the safety of website links before a user clicks on them. Webroot Mobile Security for Android includes multiple features to protect a user’s personal information if the device is lost or compromised. Unlike other applications on the market, it also automatically checks device settings to ensure they are secure.

“We believe in protecting you as an individual, not just the device you use to connect to the Internet,” said Quinn Curtis, vice president of mobile solutions for Webroot.

“With smartphones and tablets, we carry around vast amounts of personal data including our contacts, emails, passwords, and even financial information. This data is targeted by cybercriminals through malware, online scams, and device theft, and the market success of the Android mobile operating system provides the scale they need to make those attacks profitable. Webroot now can mitigate risks to Android users from malware, malicious websites, and personal information loss as they add smartphones and tablets as an extension of their daily lives.”

Key features of Webroot Mobile Security and Tablet Security for Android include: protects your identity and personal information if your mobile device is lost or stolen; remotely locks your mobile device so it can’t be used by anyone but you; remotely wipes your contacts, text messages, and other personal information; sends a temporary access code to a trusted friend in case you forget your password; Sends you a map showing exactly where your device is located; and sounds a loud alert to help you locate your phone or tablet nearby.

Webroot Mobile Security for Android Smartphones and Webroot Tablet Security for Android are initially available exclusively at Dixon’s retail stores in the UK. A basic version, offering more limited features, is also available for free on the Android Market.

Later this year, Webroot will introduce mobile security applications for additional platforms.