Friday, 2 March 2012

Kaspersky Announces SafeBrowser for iPhone, iPad | Technology News

Kaspersky Lab, the world's largest privately-held Internet Security company, is about to release its first Lab application designed to work on Apple’s iPhones. It called Kaspersky Parental Control and it provides a safe web browser that can block inappropriate content.

The product is currently in beta, but Kasperski promises to have it out on the App Store in March. For all we know, that could be tomorrow. Keep those fingers crossed.

As noted above, Kaspersky Parental Control for iOS provides a web browser - called SafeBrowser - that has been specifically designed to block harmful web content.

The security software vendor explains how the program works, “After installing the product from the App Store, parents are guided through the setup process, which allows them to block objectionable websites and content, and restrict the usage of applications using the standard iOS feature set.”

“By limiting the apps that can be installed on a phone, parents don’t have to worry about their children using a web browser other than SafeBrowser, or being tricked into downloading a malicious application that claims to be harmless.”

Kaspersky Parental Control for iOS will filter objectionable websites categories, as well as block malicious websites using Kaspersky Lab’s cloud database.

Android device owners can download, install and use Kaspersky Parental Control right away, by visiting the Android Marketplace.

By default, iOS allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners to turn on and adjust Restrictions, as well as to prevent access to specific features or content on the device. Users can locate these settings by tapping Settings > General > Restrictions.

Users can choose to restrict access to the built-in Safari web browser entirely, but they have no control over specific content being served through its interface. This is why a product like Kaspersky’s SafeBrowser is needed on the iPhone and iPad.

Of course, Apple may have well thought about this too, and if the Cupertino giant has included any such new controls in the upcoming iOS 5.1, Kasperski may be in for a big surprise.

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