Latest "smart home" security and privacy risks exposed by ESET at Mobile World Congress 2018

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ESET, the leading IT security vendor based in the European Union, will launch its latest Internet of Things (IoT) security solutions and share its groundbreaking research into the security and privacy implications of smart homes and devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC) – taking place February 26–March 1, 2018, in Barcelona.

Exhibiting in Hall 7, booth 7H41, ESET’s stand will form part of MWC’s IoT tour. ESET’s security specialists will demonstrate the company’s focus on IoT ecosystem protection – a top priority in this ever-more-connected world. More information can be found on the dedicated ESET MWC website.

“We continue to see a rise in Android malware – with ransomware being part of it – as a result of a growing number of malicious applications and targeted attacks,” said ESET Chief Technology Officer Juraj Malcho. “So, as more connected devices become available on the market, the risk to consumers and businesses has never been greater. MWC is the perfect platform for us to share our industry-leading insights, and our latest research on privacy concerns, to help better protect users now and in the future.” 

1.   Hackers in the home?

Smart home gadgets were big news at CES 2018, and there can be no doubt the latest and greatest in innovative smart devices will be on display at MWC. Consumers are continually acquiring more connected devices into their homes. Yet while they have their benefits, these cool gadgets have a darker side as individuals share more sensitive, personal data about their everyday lives.

Are the concerns over smart devices justified? To find out, ESET engineers tested how smart home devices communicate with networks and manufacturers. At MWC, ESET will showcase a purpose-built concept “Smart Home” where the team will demonstrate the potential risks to security and privacy posed by these gadgets.

Join ESET at booth 7H41 as experts announce the findings from this IoT research. ESET Global Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe will be on hand to answer questions about what these findings mean for people’s security and privacy.

2.     New solutions for new technology

Did you know 90 percent of Android TVsare reportedly vulnerable to hacking? Don’t miss the launch of ESET’s new security solution for Android TVs, which provides advanced technology against cybercriminals targeting connected TVs.

Join ESET at MobileFocus Global, Pepcom‘s annual media event, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26, where ESET’S team of experts will be hosting a live demonstration to show how the new security solution defends consumers from cyberattacks. Find out more by visiting ESET’sdedicated MWC website here.

3.     Ransomware as global threat

2017 was certainly the year of ransomware, with the likes of WannaCry and (Not)Petya demonstrating the chaos it can cause. At MWC 2018, get up to date with ESET’S new research on ransomware for Android. The latest findings provide detailed insight into how ransomware for Android has evolved into a full-scale global threat, affecting telecom companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) over the past 12 months, and how ESET succeeds in combatting evolving cyber risk.

4.     Meet the experts

This year’s MWC marks ESET’s 30-year anniversary. For three decades, ESET experts have single-mindedly focused on protecting its customers from complex threats. This year, meet ESET Chief Technology Officer Juraj Malcho, ESET Global Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe, ESET Security Awareness Specialist Ondrej Kubovic and Director of Global Sales Jeronimo Varela at ESET’s booth, 7H41. To set up a meeting with ESET experts, and to see a full rundown of ESET’s activities at MWC, click here.

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About ESET

For 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D facilities worldwide, ESET became the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.



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