Kaspersky launches free app for secure iOS browsing

Perceived security of Apple devices is fallacy, says cyber security specialist

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Kaspersky launches free app for secure iOS browsing Kaspersky says the belief that Apple devices are immune to cyber attacks plays into the hands of cybercriminals.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 24, 2013

Cyber security specialist Kaspersky Lab has announced the release of a new free app designed for secure Web browsing on iOS devices.

Kaspersky Safe Browser for iOS is now available from the Apple App Store and is compatible with devices running iOS 5 and higher..

Malware infection through Web browsing can take many forms, but according to Kaspersky Lab, the most widespread example is phishing, which tricks users into providing personal information by luring them to fake websites using trusted brand names.

"The user could be tricked into sharing their passwords to a social networking site, email address, Apple ID account, and more," Kaspersky Lab warned.

"The risks are even bigger for anyone who uses a mobile device for banking and financial transactions. According to a recent B2B International survey, 38% of mobile device owners use their gadgets to perform financial transactions, while one in three users encountered phishing attacks that posed as e-banking services."

Kaspersky Safe Browser for iOS is designed to block links to phishing sites and other Web-based resources that can be dangerous for users. The new application can also filter content according to selected user criteria, allowing the automatic blocking of content by category. The app has 17 pre-defined content-filtering categories in total.

The app also provides real-time protection from known and emerging threats through data received from Kaspersky Security Network, which processes threat intelligence delivered by users of Kaspersky Lab security products from around the world.

"Quite a few users of Apple products believe their devices are immune to cyber attacks," said Alexey Chikov, product manager, Kaspersky Lab.

"This false sense of security makes it easier for cybercriminals to execute their plans."

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