AVG Technologies Brings Family Safety to Windows Phone 8 Devices
AMSTERDAM & SAN FRANCISCO -- April 11, 2013
AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet and mobile
security, privacy and optimization to 146 million active users, has today
announced that its AVG Family Safety mobile application is now available for
Microsoft Windows® Phone 8 devices.
Aimed at protecting children while they surf the web on mobile devices, AVG
Family Safety is a free, secure, mobile web browser, previously only available
for Apple devices and Windows Phone 7.5. Adding to the existing built-in
mobile security already provided by Microsoft, the application uses data from
AVG’s Linkscanner® technology to block websites that are known to be
malicious, and its own filters will also prevent visits to any sites that are
deemed to contain mature and inappropriate content such as anything relating
to violence, drugs or pornography.
The latest version of AVG Family Safety is ideally suited for use in the
Windows Phone 8 Kid’s Corner. This newly introduced feature allows parents to
set up an area on their smartphones where children can play with pre-added
games, apps, music and videos, but can’t access the content or applications on
the rest of the device. Adding AVG Family Safety as the default browser on
this section is an easy and great way for parents to open up the Internet to
their children but within a safe environment.
“Parents today know only too well the fascination that smartphones hold for
children. I am sure that we’ve all been guilty in the past of handing over our
device, with our only concern being about its safety rather than the safety of
our children using it,” said Tony Anscombe, AVG’s Senior Security Evangelist.
“But are we stopping to consider the type of content we could be exposing our
children to? As our previous research has shown, the digital literacy of
children nowadays is astounding, so while it is absolutely important to
nurture this, and allow our children to experience the online world, it has to
be in a controlled way. AVG Family Safety gives parents that peace of mind.”
As part of its Digital Diaries research series, AVG discovered that more than
twice the number of children aged 2-5 years could play with a smartphone
application (26 percent) versus tying their shoelaces (11 percent). The
research, entitled Digital Skills, also showed that more children can open a
web browser (29 percent) than swim unaided (17 percent).
For further family protection, users who already have an AVG Family Safety
account for their home computer can combine this with their Windows Phone 8
application to access even more security features. These include easily
customizable lists of allowed and blocked sites, as well as the ability to
block social networking sites per mobile device.
To download the AVG Family Safety for Windows Phone 8 application directly
please visit –
About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)
AVG’s mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience,
providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG’s powerful yet easy-to-use
software and online services put users in control of their Internet
experience. By choosing AVG’s software and services, users become part of a
trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual
protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 146 million active
users as of December 31, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the
consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC
performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection
and family safety software.
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