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Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:03

Bitdefender watches your phone, with or without a watch

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The new version of Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus keeps an eye open when you're not around.

Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android has been beefed up with a couple of new features, notably Snap Photo which emails you a timestamped photo of anyone trying to use your device without knowing the PIN.

The other major new feature - Smart Unlock - could be considered 'anti-security' as its purpose is to let you use the device without knowing the PIN as long as it is connected to a trusted network.

It's up to the owner to decide where (ie, on which networks) this feature is active, but unless you're especially trusting is there anywhere you'd leave your phone or tablet unlocked for an extended period? At home you'd probably want to stop kids or ill-mannered visitors using the device without your express permission. And even if it's just you and your significant other there's something to be said for making it reasonably difficult for them to use your social media or email accounts in a moment of reduced judgement (anger, alcohol or whatever).

"We approached this latest upgrade to Bitdefender Mobile Security with the intention of further enhancing its strongest features - ironclad security and seamless ease of use," said Bitdefender chief security strategist Catalin Cosoi. "The world’s strongest and most user-friendly mobile security software is now even stronger and friendlier."

That strength was reflected in Bitdefender Mobile Security's 'Best Protection' rating from Europe-based antivirus testing firm AV-TEST (September 2015).

Other features of the $14.95 product include Privacy Advisor (reports how apps handle privacy), App Lock (control access to private information), remote locking, and help with finding a misplaced phone with an alert sound triggered from a smart watch.

The company claims Bitdefender Mobile Security still "has virtually no effect on battery life."


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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