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Malaysians share too much personal info online: Trend Micro

AvantiKumar | Oct. 29, 2013
Trend Micro launches Titanium Maximum Security 2014 suite in Malaysia to help better manage threats from cyber criminals.

Trend Micro Titanium 2014 Launch Event Malaysiamodified

Photo - Flanked by models, (from left) Trend Micro's Cedric Lim, Consumer Sales Manager; Terrence Tang, Senior Director of Consumer Business, APAC Center Sales and Marketing;  Andrew Tan, Product Marketing Manager (Consumer), Southeast Asia; and Lisa Chong, Marketing Manager of Consumer Business.

The launch of security firm Trend Micro's 2014 iteration of its security suite includes features to help Malaysians better manage their personal information when online, said the security firm during the recent launch of Titanium Maximum Security 2014.

Trend Micro senior director of consumer business, APAC centre sales and marketing, Terrence Tang said the new Titanium 2014 solution would help to meet many of the concerns pointed out in the company's recent survey, which include findings that  69 percent of Malaysians disclose their date of birth on social networks.

Also, 47 percent of the respondents also previously 'check-in' their location while half of the survey respondents posting on their social networks at least once a day, which all points to too much personal information being revealed online every day, said Tang.

In addition, incidents of online fraud, identity theft and data loss is increasing along with more sophisticated targetted attacks by cyber criminals, he said. "Trend Micro has solved the riddle of social network privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ with the launch of the Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014."

The latest solution features Trend Micro's unique social network privacy technology, which identifies privacy settings that may leave personal or inappropriate information publicly available or vulnerable to identity theft, said Tang.

Avoid online complacency

"Privacy is a huge concern, and we urge consumers in Malaysia not to be complacent online," he added. "Personal information is immensely valuable to cyber criminals, who can leverage such information for their own gain, create false identities for criminal use or even leverage your network to target your friends and family."

Tang said the suite included "first-of-its kind features" such as:

- Privacy Scanner, which now simplifies privacy settings on Twitter and Google+, and Facebook - for both Mac and PC.
- Trend Micro DirectPass password management system that help you maintain multiple passwords as well as a secure browser to conduct safe online commerce.
- Online Guardian and parental controls to monitor kids on social networks and online activities.
- Tools for protecting data from loss or theft including Secure Erase file shredder, Trend Micro Vault with remote file lock and a 5GB Trend Micro SafeSync account to protect, share and access files for Titanium Maximum products.
- Extended protection for up to multiple devices such as  laptops, smartphones and tablets, running on Android, Mac or Windows including support for Windows 8 operating systems.

"Trend Micro encourages the building of safer digital social cultures, and aims to enable everyone to protect their digital lives," said Trend Micro product marketing manager (consumer), Southeast Asia, Andrew Tan. "More than just ensuring safe surfing habits, the Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 offers consumers all-in-one, all-rounded protection against identity thefts, viruses and other online threats automatically so they can enjoy their online experiences safely and with peace of mind."


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