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Trend Micro Expands Mobile Protection for Android
Oct 19, 2011 (07:10 PM EDT)
Security leader, Trend Micro, collaborates with KDDI to deliver new security service for millions of customers using the Android platform.
CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704;TSE: 4704), a global leader in Internet content security solutions, today announced an agreement with KDDI to provide a new security service for Android™ smartphones and tablets. KDDI is a leading Japanese telecommunications provider with over 33 million mobile subscribers.
Under the agreement, Trend Micro will offer "Virus Buster Mobile for au" as part of KDDI "Anshin Security Pack," a preinstalled applications pack on au smartphones available from the middle of November 2011 by KDDI Corporation, a comprehensive communications company offering both fixed-line and mobile communications services.
Trend Micro "Virus Buster Mobile for au" is designed to protect users by preventing malicious applications and filtering bad websites through the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, which correlates data from more than 70 billion daily queries and has protected more than 130 million users since 2008. Trend Micro's web security and malware prevention technologies will be preinstalled on Android smartphones and tablet devices released by KDDI to millions of their customers -- protecting them from threats like phishing websites and malicious programs while enabling them to use their mobile devices in safer and more secure ways.
The smartphone market is growing rapidly. It is predicted that smartphone shipments for 2011 will be 19.86 million units, a 2.3 times increase over 2010 and 49 percent of the total device shipment volume in 2011(1). But security is a growing concern among Android users: according to a recent Trend Micro survey, though the majority of them (85 percent) enjoy using the web capabilities on their devices, over 45 percent of those surveyed say their Android devices are vulnerable to online threats(2).
In the past, Trend Micro and KDDI have collaborated in Internet security services such as: "Virus Buster for au one net," a monthly subscription security service for PCs; and "au one net access safety service," a web-filtering service to protect children from inappropriate websites. Trend Micro, together with partners like KDDI, is committed to protecting all aspects of consumers' digital lives located on computers, smartphones or tablets.
About "Anshin Security Pack" and "Virus Buster Mobile for au"
"Anshin Security Pack" is a preset applications pack which consists of customer support services and security countermeasures for au smartphones available from the middle of November 2011 by KDDI. The "Anshin Security Pack," available in Japan, includes three applications: "Virus Buster Mobile for au" from Trend Micro, Secure Platform for remote lock and location search by 3LM, and Remote Control Service from Optim.
As a special offer, this application pack is free until December 2011, after which it will be 315 yen a month, including tax.
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(1) Reference : "A transition and an estimate of the size of the smartphone market" by MM Research Institute, July 2011.
(2) Reference : "Result of web questionnaire about mobile phones and smartphones" by Trend Micro, June 2011.
SOURCE Trend Micro Incorporated