• Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

LA and Metro team up to launch cybersecurity app for mobile phones – Daily News

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday, December 28 that it has partnered with the City of Los Angeles to launch a free mobile security app to protect LA County residents from cybersecurity threats on the road. public WiFi systems.

“Providing a safe and secure environment for Los Angeles County’s 10 million people to live and work is becoming just as important online as it has always been offline,” said Metro and LA County Supervisor, Hilda L. Solis.

“As LA County continues to expand public Wi-Fi access, including across its entire Metro bus fleet, LA Secure offers cutting-edge technology to ensure that whatever activity they conduct on their mobile devices remain safe, private and secure. “

Officials say the “LA Secure” app will provide immediate protection against new and evolving threats on iPhone and Android mobile devices. Once the app is downloaded, it alerts the user to threats in real time and offers information on what to do next. If someone tries to connect to a malicious WiFi network, the app will immediately notify the user of the security risk. The app also offers protection against “phishing” – emails designed to fraudulently collect personal information.

“The City and County of Los Angeles have a responsibility to protect residents in the physical and digital realms – and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Through LA Secure, we’re delivering on that commitment and giving people the resources they need to stay safe online.

Metro said the app is one in a series of customer experience enhancements, and all of its more than 2,300 transit buses already have free WiFi access. Cyber ​​attackers are increasingly targeting mobile devices because they don’t have the same protections as desktops and laptops, Metro warned. Meanwhile, nearly half of all web traffic in the United States is on mobile devices and smartphones, according to Metro.

“We are thrilled to give the gift of online safety to our customers this holiday season. We see LA Secure as another opportunity to provide better access and greater fairness to our transit customers, many of whom are low-income, do not have their own access to internet services and are heavily dependent on Wi-Fi services. Fi public, ”said Stephanie N, CEO of Metro. said Wiggins. “We believe that everyone deserves to have a secure online experience on our system and we look forward to promoting the privacy protections available through this important program.”

The “LA Secure” application was developed by Zimperium. People can download it for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.