Today nearly any device, regardless of which platform it uses, can fall victim to a cell phone tracker and data can be stolen using tools such as a key logger.
An increasing number of monitoring and spying apps feature a cell phone tracker service which usually functions through the GPS and nearly all on activity on the phone itself can be monitored using a key logger.
With such technology around, data and identity theft is becoming a common phenomenon amongst smartphone users.
However, the security firm Sophos has decided to a step in solving this issue. The new easy to use mobile protection app from the firm will first be launched specifically for Android users and will later roll out to other platforms.
The developers claim that the app is easy to use as well as easy to run for the device it will be installed on, maintaining maximum performance and using minimal battery.
This app available at Google Play as a free downloads and is a great tool to have to protect you from things such as viruses and malware.
Android is the focus for most cybercriminals as the number of Android users is growing day by day. In recent surveys conducted by various research firms it has been found that Android is now the most common platform amongst smartphone users.
Stats from the precious years indicate that not only are Android users increasing in number but the rate at which malware targeted for Android users had grown 155 percent in 2011 as compared to 2010.
For the current year the amount of Android malware has increased four folds since 2011. The new app which they have released will be constantly linked to the data about malware and other smartphone threats updated at their labs.
They have compile this data based on input it receives from it data centers spread out across the world. So as you download and decide to run a new app the onboard, the antivirus app will automatically scan the file for the latest threats.
If a threat is detected the app will block the file or software itself before it can do any harm on the device.
This new antivirus app will also be offering a number of features which were previously found in high end security apps such as the ability to remotely control the device.
In the case that the user ends up losing their smartphone they can still lock the device through app and ensure that the data on the phone will not go to someone else.
Other than just being able to lock the phone users can also use the app to locate their device in case they’ve have misplaced and lost their phone. It is clear that the amount of malicious applications being developed for Android based devices is not slowing down, and nor is the trend for smartphone’s.
The functionality which smartphone’s offer users is also growing rapidly and now not only is personal information and files being stored on the devices but also sensitive information such as online account details.
People are using their devices to connect to the web and even to conduct financial transactions, which all translates in to the fact that if any one does manage to infiltrate the device the kind of data they could walk out with can be very valuable.
Even firms who are part of the Bring Your Own Device culture are forced to risk their data on employee handsets and so having a security application such as that offered by Sophos on your handset seems a necessity.
About the Author: Stella Rebecca’s major effort has revolved around latest gadgets. Recently she’s been playing with the many blackberry tracking software that are diverting the interest of the new generation. Readers can find out more about what’s most recent and happening in the spyware for iphone world..