Security vendor Sophos has released an update to its free Android mobile security package.
The company said that the Mobile Security and Mobile Encryption releases would target the consumer and home user market, looking to provide an easy way for individual users to protect their Android devices from cybercrime.
Sophos hopes that the tools, which combine to offer anti-malware and device encryption protections, will help protect users from mobile malware and physical theft of devices.
Both tools will be available for download through the Google Play service.
Additionally, users who use the the Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise platform will be able to combine the service with the Mobile Encryption tool to securely access, download, and store encrypted information from file-sharing service Dropbox.
"Users want to stay flexible and take advantage of personal apps in their working environment. They use Dropbox to take their data with them and can be tempted to download apps from stores other than Google Play," Sophos vice president of product management Matthias Pankert said.
"As Android increases its global market share, Android devices and apps are becoming a prime target for data theft and attacks by cyber criminals. It has never been more important for individuals to have security applications on their devices."
While mobile malware remains in its infancy, Android has proven by far to be the most popular target for malware writers looking to infect handsets.
Samples ranging from relatively simple premium number diallers to more sophisticated attacks such as data-harvesting malware have spread as attackers take advantage of the increasingly popular Android platform and the loser controls for application development and distribution the platform offers.
Recent research from security vendor Trend Micro suggested that by the end of the year, hundreds of thousands of new pieces of Android malware could be in circulation.
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