The Internet service provider Comcast Cable launched a mobile application to protect its customers from online dangers on February 7, Yahoo! Finance reports.
The app, called Constant Guard Mobile, is free to its Xfinity customers.
It automatically protects the user of a smartphone or tablet from phishing attacks, identity theft and prevents connection to harmful websites through Constant Guard Safe Search.
Offering such a service through an Internet service provider is a first in the United States. Normally customers are left to finding software and services on their own, sometimes paying out of pocket for protection. Constant Guard comes with Norton Security Suite and IDENTITY GUARD – buying the commercially-available software to offer the same protection Constant Guard would, but at $360.
The service creates secure connections when banking or shopping, preventing potential identity theft. Passwords, Web form information and account credentials are stored within the app, keeping the information out of cookies or websites. Constant Guard also syncs the data with the user’s personal computer.
The app can be augmented with optional features such as DeleteMe, which scours the Internet for personal information and deletes them from the hosting site.
As America’s largest provider of high-speed Internet, cable and phone services, Comcast has good reason to offer such a service. It protects Comcast’s own networks from attacks, and having protected users means fewer customer service requests.
The software bundle is just another incentive to switch to Comcast.
The app is currently available to download for iOS devices through Apple’s iTunes Store; an Android version is currently in the works and will be released soon. The app will also have a future upgrade to give virus protection for mobile devices.
Constant Guard is available for PC and Mac computers, and has received several updates as well.
Edited by Braden Becker