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BlackBerry expands security arsenal

BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile security software on its rivals' smartphones to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices.

As part of a new strategy outlined today in San Francisco, BlackBerry unveiled several upgrades to its mobile security weapons and a partnership with smartphone market leader Samsung.

Many of the security features will protect smartphones running on operating systems made by Apple, Google and Microsoft.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is counting on the increased emphasis on mobile security to help the company double its annual software revenue to about 500 million US dollars (£318 million).

The security arsenal is designed to help businesses and government agencies protect their employees' smartphones from malicious software and other hacking attacks that can steal confidential information.

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