Sophos launches mobile security app for Android devices

With the amount of mobile based malware increasing rapidly especially on the Android OS, Sophos on Monday officially released its Sophos Mobile Security.

The App, available in the Google Play Store for free, is a mobile security solution designed to protect Android devices against malware, privacy issues and lost hardware.
In a 2011 Mobile Threats Report, the US-based Juniper Networks said there was a 155 percent increase in mobile malware across all mobile platforms in 2011, and a significant 3,000 percent approximate increase in malware specifically targeting the Android OS in the last seven months of 2011.
Matthias Pankert, vice president, product management, Sophos said: “We’re seeing no slowdown in the number of malicious apps, as more smartphone owners use their devices to not only store personal data, but also access social networks and the Internet.”
Pankert added that Android users must be vigilant as the number of threats continues to increase.
It is reported by the technology security company that the app will have minimal impact on device performance or battery life.

The company says that the solution makes use of near real-time intelligence from its network of threat intelligence centers and automatically scans apps as users attempt to install them, and blocks potentially dangerous apps and malicious code.
Sophos Mobile Security will also help locate lost or stolen Android devices and provide a remote lock to help lock down and protect data in the event a mobile device is lost or left behind.
Sophos said that it hopes to later this year offer a managed Enterprise version of Sophos Mobile Security that will come with enhanced functionality and provide better protection for corporate devices and data.
If you have an Adnroid device and wish to protect it, you can get the Sophos Mobile Security from Google Play here.

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