Bitdefender Chat Protection protects users against cybercriminal activities targeting mobile devices

Bitdefender has unveiled real-time chat protection features for mobile instant messaging apps.

Bitdefender Chat Protection immediately alerts users if malicious links are received or sent during live sessions on the world’s most popular chat apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Discord. A true industry innovation, the new features help protect users against the increase in cybercriminal activity targeting mobile devices.

Chat Protection is integrated with Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android via Bitdefender Scam Alert technology, used by consumers around the world to monitor, detect and stop link-based attacks distributed through messaging apps, notifications and SMS. Chat Protection continuously monitors chat sessions, alerting users to suspicious links that may attempt to steal financial data, credentials, and other sensitive information.

When malicious links are detected during chat sessions, the user receives a warning along with information about the associated risks and a suggested course of action. If the warnings are ignored, the built-in web protection technologies prevent the user from navigating to the malicious web page.

Over two billion people use WhatsApp and over one billion use Facebook Messenger worldwide. At the same time, malware and scams sent via instant messaging apps and text messages remain one of the top threats to mobile users in 2022. According to the Bitdefender Consumer Threat Landscape Report 2021, spam and domains untrusted together account for 85% of detected malicious URLs.

“Mobile threats continue to rise, and cybercriminals have evolved beyond email phishing attacks to include popular SMS (smishing) and instant messaging apps,” said Ciprian Istrate, senior vice president of Operations, Consumer Solutions Group at Bitdefender. “With new features in Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android, users can rest and chat safe in the knowledge that they have robust, real-time protection against malware, malicious links and scams on their devices. Android devices.”

Key Features and Benefits

Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android with Chat Protection customers benefit from:

  • Preventive alert for financial and data loss risks – When users receive a suspicious link in messaging apps, notifications or text messages, they are notified to prevent accessing or sharing the link.
  • Enhanced protection for friends and family – If a potentially dangerous link is inadvertently shared, users have the option of recalling or deleting the message.
  • Sophisticated social engineering detection – Phishing attempts that rely on human curiosity, urgency and impersonation are recognized and flagged by Bitdefender, providing users with an additional layer of protection.

Availablity

Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android with real-time chat protection for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Discord is now available for existing and new customers.

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