Kaspersky lab introduces free anti-virus programs for Android

Russian anti-virus software manufacturer Kaspersky Labs will introduce free versions of its anti-virus programs for Android smartphones and tablets - Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security - at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Until recently the company has distributed its mobile security program, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, via the Google Play application.  

Viktor Dronov, head of mobile products at Kaspersky Labs, said that free applications are very beneficial because they paradoxically increase the income of their producers. They are downloaded by a large group of people, introducing their producers to a new audience for its paid products.    .

The trial version of Kaspersky Mobile Security will scan a smartphone for viruses, but actually using the virus protection service will cost a user 150 rubles ($5).

The Dr. Web company, one of Kaspersky's competitors, first introduced a free version of its anti-virus program for Android in 2010, said its spokesperson Kirill Leonov. The free version allows users to see if it will be useful for them. 
"Many of our users buy the full version afterwards," Leonov said. 

According to the 2012 Cisco annual report on information security, there has been a 577 percent increase in Android devices affected by malware in the past year. Kaspersky Lab reserach says that more than 99 percent of all dangerous software affect Android gadgets and the amount of new viruses is steadily growing every year.

The story is based on materials from Vedomosti.ru.

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