Sophos anti-virus for Android updated - beta now works on tablets too!

Filed Under: Android, Featured, Malware, Mobile, Privacy

Last week, Sophos announced the availability of a beta version of its free security product for Android devices, protecting against malware, privacy issues and hardware loss.

Today we've updated the beta, giving Android tablet users the ability to also benefit from this level of protection.

Sophos Mobile Security for Android

Download Sophos Mobile Security [beta] for Android now

Thanks to the thousands of users who have already downloaded the app, and tried it out. The product has already got some rave reviews, which is terrific considering it is still in beta. Keep them coming, and remember to email our developers with any feedback as they're keen to make the product as good as possible.

If you decide you don't want to keep Sophos Mobile Security on your Android for any reason, here are instructions on how to remove the app.

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11 Responses to Sophos anti-virus for Android updated - beta now works on tablets too!

  1. Tim T. · 1236 days ago

    Can you release it through the Amazon Android app store as well? My tablet isn't certified by Google, so I can't download via Google Play.

  2. wpw · 1236 days ago

    Why is it necessary for this app to send/receive SMS?

    • When you do a remote lock or locate, the app sends a confirmation that the lock was successful or an SMS with the position (latitude/longitude) of your device.

  3. It installs on my Xoom WiFi now.


  4. I thought EICAR should only be detected if it's
    1) a .com file
    2) just the 68 Bytes long

    Your screen shot suggests you can dump the ASCII in any file (the third file detected is EICAR.txt) and Android .apk

    Or is their a new version?

    • SMSEC_BETA · 1235 days ago

      The Screenshot only shows the EICAR Test applications you can download from Google Play.

    • Sam · 1235 days ago

      Please see
      It says: "Any anti-virus product that supports the EICAR test file should detect it in any file providing that the file starts with the following 68 characters, and is exactly 68 bytes long" and "The first 68 characters is the known string. It may be optionally appended by any combination of whitespace characters with the total file length not exceeding 128 characters. "

  5. Juan F. Campos · 1235 days ago

    Update buttom or DB update info should be visible at very begining, like "Last Updated: x" or "Recomended Updates Available".

    • SMSEC_BETA · 1235 days ago

      There is only an initial DB Update. If in future, an installed app is scanned this info is added to the DB for the case the cloud is not availabe during the next scan.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley