Telefónica has unveiled a range of cyber security products for the retail and enterprise markets through the company its digital arm acquired this year.
For consumers, there is the “Latch” smartphone app that allows users to prevent identity theft by remotely switching off their credit card, online banking, social network and e-commerce accounts when they are not using them.
The product will be officially launched at next year’s Mobile World Congress and is described as a “revolutionary safety switch” that can even be integrated into the security systems of companies, sending users an alert whenever it detects an attempt to access a disconnected service.
The app is available for download now for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
The operator also launched a service for the enterprise market called Cyber Detect Threats, which is designed to prevent cyber attacks and unauthorised access.
This detection and analysis service utilises a team of experts in hacking, fraud, criminology and online communities to scan a large volume of information from public sources, internal networks under authorized use and underground sites.
The information is analysed in order to be able to carry out early detection, helping the client to anticipate possible threats and take control of its security.
The operator also launched two other services; Faast, a persistent pretesting tool that detects security breaches, and Metashield Protector, a service that helps companies remove metadata from documents to prevent leakage of sensitive information.
All three services were created by Eleven paths, the security company Telefónica Digital acquired in June this year.
Recent cyber attacks on operator networks and IT systems, plus the NSA scandal have increased the focus on cyber security.
Last month, for example, Deutsche Telekom announced plans for a secure “clean pipe” internet service for its business customers.