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Kaspersky Lab Launches Phound! For Android Devices To Offer Essential Mobile Security Features

March 16, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Mobile security continues to ramp up, and according to leading name in security software, Kaspersky Lab, during their Kaspersky Lab Consumer Security survey, on average nearly one in twenty people lost their mobile devices due to theft or carelessness. This number is said to be as high as one in six in some countries. To help avoid these types of issues Kaspersky has created a brand new free application for Android device users to easily locate their lost or stolen phones. The new app is called Phound!, and it’s an anti-theft app with the simple purpose of helping users keep their mobile data secure if their devices end up lost or stolen. For many users there are already a number of options for this exact feature, like Android Device Manager for example, which allows for users to execute device locator services as well as the option to delete device data remotely, but Phound! seems to have a slightly larger list of features available than some others.

Besides giving users the ability to locate their devices if lost or stolen, Phound! aims to be able to help users locate their phones or tablets quickly, with a level of urgency being the focus, but users can also lock down the device to keep data private and out of the hands of unwanted individuals. Users can also remotely control their phones through the MyKaspersky web portal as long as they have access to the internet to login whether it be on a mobile or desktop browser. Phound! also provides users with the ability to remotely activate the front facing camera of a device, so that they might be able to capture an image of the thief if their device has been stolen. If the phone has simply been lost, users can activate a message popup  that displays on screen asking for the device to be returned to their owner, which could come in useful if the phone is found by someone other than owner.

The My Kaspersky portal also allows for the remote deletion of all data one the device contained in the internal storage as well as the SD card, (provided the phone supports this type of storage) and if users simply lose the phone somewhere around the house or another location where they still happen to be, an alarm can be activated to prompt the phone to signal the user in an attempt to help them find it. For users that don’t yet have an anti-theft app installed on their device, Phound! is already available in the Play Store and might suit your needs.

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