Thursday, 21 August 2014 18:16

That lost or stolen mobile is just a ‘scream’ away for smart watch wearers Featured

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Antivirus software provider Bitdefender has come up with a way, using Android Wear watches, whereby a ‘scream’ from your mobile phone may help you find your phone when it’s been stolen, lost or misplaced.

Claiming ‘iron-clad security’ for smart wearables with its new Mobile Security & Antivirus, Bitdefender says its solution introduces the WearON feature that uses Android Wear watches to make a phone scream from afar, even if it is left on silent, to help find the phone.

Bitdefender says WearON will also alert the smart watch owner with an “unmistakable vibration” when they stray dangerously far from their phone.

According to Bitdefender, by simply updating the new Mobile Security & Antivirus software to incorporate the new WearON feature, Android Wear watch owners can “bolster their defenses against theft and loss, adding an extra layer of security to ensure complete protection while on the go.”

“Bitdefender examines user security from all possible angles to ensure total protection, all the time. The incorporation of smart wearables into the defense of the owner adds a new facet to security – a highly portable, always-ready layer of defense to definitively eliminate phone theft and loss,” said Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Researcher, Bitdefender.

Cosoi says the new mobile security and antivirus solution also protects user privacy with App Lock, a recently launched feature that lets device owners block access to sensitive data by protecting certain apps with a PIN code.

“The new features add to an array of defensive tools including on-install scanning, Anti-Theft that allows users to control a lost or stolen phone through SMS commands, a Privacy Advisor that keeps tabs on installed apps to protect against privacy invasion, and always-updated cloud-based antivirus services based on the world’s most effective line of antivirus software.”


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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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