Friday, September 12, 2014

Avira Identity Safeguard Allows iOS and Android Users to Check if Email Address Was Impacted by Gmail Breach

Mobile Users Can Download Avira App and Immediately Check Safety of Email Accounts

Tettnang, Germany --- September 11, 2014 – Security expert Avira announced today that iOS and Android mobile users can utilize Avira’s mobile app to immediately check whether their email address is at risk after the recent Gmail breach.

Yesterday, reports of a massive Gmail password breach came to light. Up to 5 million stolen Gmail accounts and passwords were published on a Russian forum. After further analysis, as many as 5 million Gmail addressees as well as 5 million passwords were published. However, it is an important distinction that many of the passwords do not match the gmail accounts with which they are associated.

Google announced that only 1 to 2 % of the passwords match and that it has secured those. It has also stated that its systems were not breached in any way.

Vinod Varma, head of engineering, R&D at Avira, said "It could be that passwords stolen from previous security breaches such as Adobe or LinkedIn happened to be the same ones that people used for Gmail and the hacker put together different data sets to come up with this list. All 5 million breached Gmail accounts have now been added to Avira's Identity Safeguard database for the public to check their individual email accounts."

To check whether your Gmail address is one of those listed on the Russian website, users can use the free Identity Safeguard tool in Avira's iOS and Android mobile apps.

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About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.