All new enhanced AVG AntiVirus for Android and Avast Mobile Security apps tackle increase in mobile threats
Redwood City, California, September 11, 2017 – New research from Avast, the global leader in digital security products, reveals an uptick in attacks targeting Android smartphones and tablets, year over year in Q2/2017, of nearly 40 percent. To address today’s threats, Avast has updated its Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus and AVG Antivirus mobile apps, now combining the best of each brand’s mobile threat detection technology in one strong engine. The Avast app now allows users to protect photos and personal data with extra security layers, and to enhance their phone’s battery life. The updated AVG app provides enhanced protection for smartphone owners from theft, privacy intrusion through apps that over-collect data, and from unwanted calls. AVG users can now also keep their phones running at peak performance with a new cleaning feature.
“Mobile cybersecurity attacks are growing rapidly as hackers’ strategies become more agile and dangerous, and what’s at stake is mostly the user’s personal data and privacy,” said Gagan Singh, SVP & GM of Mobile and IoT at Avast: “We constantly update our mobile security solutions to address new threats by leveraging powerful AI and machine learning technologies in combination with the world’s largest threat detection network to make it easy for consumers to stay secure online. Users carry their most valuable data around with their smartphones, and therefore we also focus on strong features protecting their privacy, securing their device and data, while providing convenience.”
Key Findings from Avast
Avast’s research reveals an increase in mobile cyberattacks of 40%, from an average of 1.2 million to 1.7 million attacks per month. Researchers tracked an average of 788 variations of viruses per month, up 22.2 percent from Q2/2016. The findings also show that the top three mobile threats are designed to spy and steal personal information (referred to as ‘Rooters’), and to spam users with ads, even outside of the app (referred to as ‘Downloaders/Droppers’ and ‘Fake Apps’).
The top three mobile threats of Q2 are:
New Features in Avast and AVG Mobile Apps
The latest version of the AVG Antivirus mobile app comes with a reimagined user experience featuring a modernized design. New features include:
New features to Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus, include:
Avast Mobile Security was certified by independent testing organization AV-Test with the best detection score (AVG uses the same mobile threat detection engine), and the best usability score (both 6 out of 6).
All existing versions of AVG antivirus will be updated to the new version 6.5, available on Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus. The enhanced Avast mobile security application can be found on Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avast.android.mobilesecurity.
Avast (www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products, protects over 400 million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
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