Sophos Updates Mobile Security Application for Android Devices
The Mobile Security platform also integrates into the company’s flagship mobile device management and security solution, Sophos Mobile Control.Data loss and threat prevention specialist Sophos introduced the latest version of its security app for Google Android devices, Sophos Mobile Security, which is offered for free in its standalone version at the online Google Play store. As part of the upgrade, the platform now includes spam filter capabilities for text messages and calls. The filter rules can block specific phone numbers and calls with a hidden caller ID, as well as text messages with potential malicious URLs. Blocked calls and text messages are logged in the Quarantine folder, where they can be restored as needed. Every incoming call or text message is scanned by the app’s Spam Protection feature and the active filter rules are applied successively. The Mobile Security platform also integrates into the company’s flagship mobile device management and security solution, Sophos Mobile Control, providing full administrator management and compliance enforcement. Mobile Control only allows devices compliant with an organization’s policies to access corporate email and data, and has the ability to allow IT departments to remotely lock or wipe lost or stolen devices. “People trust their personal devices, but security requires vigilance,” Chris Hazelton, research director for mobile and wireless at IT analytics firm 451 Research, said in a statement. “Gone are the days when hackers merely distributed malware via app stores; these days, consumers are seeing growth in text spam and malicious URLs sent directly to their phones. And this growth makes mobile security offerings that filter out the noise of unwanted messages all the more important, especially as smartphones are increasingly the primary device for everyday use.”
According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, about 60 percent of mobile phone users have received at least one or more spam text messages during the past year, with about 15 percent clicking on the link included in the message.