New scam alert technology detects malicious links and warns users during conversations on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Discord
BUCHAREST, Romania & SANTA CLARA, California, November 02, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bitdefender, a global leader in cybersecurity, today unveiled the first 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,” says Ciprian Istrate, Senior Vice President of Operations, Consumer Solutions Group at Bitdefender. “With the new features in Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android, users can rest easy and chat safe knowing they have robust, real-time protection against malware, malicious links and online scams. their 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 spoofing are recognized and flagged by Bitdefender, giving users an extra layer of protection.
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. For more information or to purchase, visit bitdefender.com or Google Play Store.
Bitdefender delivers cybersecurity solutions with industry-leading security efficiency, performance, and ease of use to businesses and consumers. Guided by the vision of being the world’s most trusted cybersecurity solutions provider, Bitdefender is committed to defending organizations and individuals around the world against cyberattacks in order to transform and improve their digital experience. For more information, visit https://www.bitdefender.com.
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