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An Android app allowing smartphone owners to delete their personal data from their handset remotely is being developed by security software firm Symantec.

The Norton Smartphone Security for Android app is going into beta testing in June and will enable users to erase everything on their mobiles just by sending a text, which is certainly useful if the phone becomes lost or stolen.

The softer option of simply locking your Android smartphone from any kind of unauthorised access is also going to be available.

Symantec's cloud computing service is also becoming integrated into Android, as well as the iPhone, with users able to access data they save to the cloud from wherever they are, effectively storing it away from the phone and out of reach of prying eyes.

Software developers that typically work on anti-virus suites for desktop computers are yet to see substantial market demand for mobiles as the threat from malware and viruses is minimal.

However, there is a chance that with greater internet access via mobile phones, we will have to start scanning them regularly to keep them spyware-free.

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