If you've never heard of Theft Aware, then you're missing out on one of the best anti-loss/theft solutions available for Android. It embeds itself deep into root, hides itself from the app tray, utilizes device administration privileges to the fullest, and basically makes itself undetectable, unremovable, indestructible, and unstoppable. Like I said, it's probably the most solid security app that we've ever seen.

In a blog post today, the makers of Theft Aware, ITAgents, announced that it has been been purchased by popular antivirus software company Avast. Upon first hearing the news, I was extremely worried about Theft Aware's future (we all know what happened to Wave Secure after it was bought my McAfee :S) but after hearing some reassuring words from the one of the devs of the Theft Aware project, I feel much more at ease.

We don't have a lot of details at the moment, but we can expect Avast to expand on the already amazing features of Theft Aware, while leaving its current functionality intact. As a Theft Aware user, my biggest concern was losing root support, as this is what makes TA such a strong app in the first place -- we've been told that existing functionality will not be removed, and a lot of new features will come from this acquisition.

The app will likely lose the 'Theft Aware' moniker, as well, picking up the Avast name in its place. Of course, that's not a huge deal as long as the core functionality stays the same.

We're all big fans of Theft Aware and the guys behind the project here at AP, and would like to congratulate them on this move and look forward to seeing what the future holds for this top-notch application.

[Theft Aware Blog; Avast Blog]