McAfee has released an update for its Mobile Security Android software suite.
The company said the update would bring improved privacy controls for both handsets and tablets based on the Android operating system.
McAfee said the update was focused in large part on simplifying the process of securing mobile devices and notifying users when applications were experiencing potentially risky or suspicious behaviour.
The new Mobile Security platform will include components that allow users to turn filters and controls on when the App Alert system delivers notifications and permission requests.
"Android apps can ask for 124 types of permissions — these apps could be invading your privacy and exposing your personal life," said Luis Blando, vice president of engineering at McAfee.
"With McAfee Mobile Security, consumers can now filter their App Alert notifications to just those apps that are using permissions of interest or concern to the user."
Malicious and invasive applications have been an ongoing concern for Android, which sports a marketplace that lacks the strict controls favoured by rival vendors such as Apple.
In addition to traditional mobile malware applications such as premium number diallers, Android applications have been found to be accessing and sharing potentially sensitive data without user notifications.
The release comes as at least one possible security risk has been removed from the Android ecosystem. Last week, Adobe formally pulled Flash Player, a traditionally popular exploit target in the PC space, from the Android market.
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