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Option Emerges to Secure Google Android SmartPhones

One of the first signs in growing acceptance of a new technology is an influx of security products. An Israeli startup, DroidSecurity, thinks the time has come for companies to try and secure their Android smartphones, so the company has delivered an anti-malware and physical security package for the device.

One of the first signs in growing acceptance of a new technology is an influx of security products. An Israeli startup, DroidSecurity, thinks the time has come for companies to try and secure their Android smartphones, so the company has delivered an anti-malware and physical security package for the device.The DroidSecurity Internet Security Suite offers three security functions. Its VirusFree function prevents malware, viruses, SMS spam and suspect applications from running. CheckMate issues warnings on suspect security profiles. Because smartphones are compact, they can often be lost. The FindR feature tracks lost phone and enables remote memory clearing to protect data privacy. The new security suite is ready for deployment, having been downloaded 100,000 times during the six-month beta, according to DroidSecurity.

The security offering, which costs $5, is geared mainly to consumers. The startup company has a business version of its security line on tap for delivery in 2010. The DroidSecurity announcement underscores the growing acceptance seen with the Android systems. These devices are making their way into a growing number of small and medium businesses. Consequently, IT departments need to be on the lookout for these systems and also be thinking about ways to make sure that they do not create any new security problems.

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