New York - Trend Micro has beefed up its mobile security
software line with the release of its Mobile Security Personal Addition title.
The software places additional emphasis on protecting consumers
from social media-based cybercrime along with threats attacking through mobile
devices, said Brook Stein, Trend Micro's senior product manager, consumer
It is now available for $29.99 for a 1-year subscription.
To counter these threats Trend Micro has bundled its
Titanium Maximum Security software in the suite. This protects against social
network intrusions and through mobile devices.
The some criminal activity comes from fake links being
placed on Facebook pages and other sites that once clicked upon take the user
to a site where malware is downloaded that could be used to steal passwords,
keystrokes and info that will give a thief access to bank accounts.
Stein said this illegal activity is a $1 trillion business
worldwide with 300,000 pieces of malware being released into the world every
Trend Micro's software scans each link and gives it either a
green or red coloring indicating whether it is considered safe.
The proliferation of mobile devices, particularly the
open-source Android has created a new pathway to consumer's important data.
"Mobile is becoming a very big space for us and Android is
an open platform so it's a bigger potential problem," Stein said.
Apps are another method criminals are using to grab
sensitivity information, Stein said. Even apps found on official sites can be
problematic so Trend Micro's software scans each app and will send out an alarm
if it is deemed infected.
The software also has the ability to help track down or
render inoperative a lost or stolen Android device. Users go to a web portal
where it can be tracked using Google maps. It can also be locked via the portal
and all the contents can even be wiped off the device by triggering a factory
reset. The software also locks the device if the SIM card is removed.
New York - Trend Micro has beefed up its mobile security software line with the release of its Mobile Security Personal Addition title.