McAfee has joined forces with Sony Ericsson to offer its Mobile Security software pre-loaded on Sony Ericsson's Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro smartphones.

McAfee Mobile Security software allows users to track their Google Android handset if its lost or stolen, as well as activating a remote wipe of all data contained on the mobile phone should it fall into the wrong hands. Furthermore, the software ensures users can create a back-up on the content stored on their smartphone and even detects malware that has been downloaded via email, SMS or from content downloaded form the web.

"Smartphones represent one of most significant technological developments of our time with today's devices boasting far more functionality than many early PCs," said Todd Gebhart, co-president, McAfee.

"However, it is far too easy to leave a mobile device in a cab or at the airport, which can mean lost contacts, photos, financial information and other important content. With malware targeting mobile devices growing quarter-on-quarter, there is also the risk of these devices being hacked, infected or phished. The availability of this technology is an important milestone in protecting both the phone itself and the data that resides on the device."

The Xperia Mini and the Xperia Mini Pro are powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and come with 3in scratch resistant multi-touch displays and Facebook Inside Xperia, a new integration with the social network that means its accessible from almost every area of the phones.

Both handsets also benefit from a 5Mp camera that feature 8x digital zoom and face detection technology, as well as HD video capture at 720p, and 320MB of internal memory, that can be expanded with a MicroSD card up to 32GB in size.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro also comes with a slide-out qwerty keyboard and is pre-loaded with office software.