McAfee has added privacy features for its mobile security software to protect against suspicious apps.

According to the company, the App Alert technology checks against a URL reputation database, part of McAfee's Global Threat Intelligence Network, and reports the apps that are associated with and/or may be sending personal data to risky sites, such as adware and spyware networks.

Luis Blando, vice president of engineering at McAfee, said: “Android apps can ask for 124 types of permissions - these apps could be invading your privacy and exposing your personal life.

“With McAfee Mobile Security, consumers can now filter their App Alert notifications to just those apps that are using permissions of interest or concern to the user. Whether selecting new apps, shopping online, browsing social networks or employing mobile banking, McAfee Mobile Security protects the mobile user with security that is as simple as it is powerful.”