Now most people would ask me,”If I wanted to keep my personal information safe, why should I upload it to my phone in the first place”? This is a very good question indeed. The truth is that yes, you should be carrying valuable information on your Android device, for it is common sense! But because people don’t like dealing with common sense as much as they used to, when ‘smartphones’ were found only in science fiction novels for example, I have comprised this list of simple to use apps that would, god willing, help you in your quest to protect your personal information.
Also, don’t forget that computer viruses are not limited to just PC and Mac. Android devices are just as susceptible and any other electronic device which has an OS. For example if you have a pay pal account and you are bald enough to do online shipping via your Android device, what is stopping some trojan to hijack your information and send it to his master for further ‘processing’. Defending yourself is important, but like I said – keep your secrets where they are out of reach and if you really need to use your Android, then consider these applications to be your only hope. Of course I will try to include only free apps and not burden you with any unnecessary expenses.
avast! Mobile Security with free antivirus for Android secures against unwanted phishing, malware, spyware, and malicious viruses such as trojans… and even against loss or theft.
Secure your phone and tablet with our top-rated free mobile security app with both antivirus and anti-theft protection.
✔ Security tools like virus scanner, virus removal, cleaner and protect, network meter, app manager, app lock, and even firewall (on rooted phones) give you total control for staying clean.
✔ Protects against general infections and WiFi-based threats to OS and app vulnerabilities.
✔ Locate lost phones or tablets through our web-based phone locate feature.
✔ Remote lock and memory wipe features (just two of many in its advanced Anti-Theft component) keep your data safe from theft.
It is a good, solid piece of software that has a lot of interesting features to it, and because it is a well recognized brand, we can see why we should get it. AVG Antivirus scans your phone (apps, emails, media, settings etc.) any any suspicious files that AVG deems ‘malicious’ are terminated right there on the spot. Another great feature that I personally find quite useful, is the software’s ability to scan emails and text massages, and most importantly the files that are attached to said emails and text messages. So no more spam, viruses or anything else that can ruin your day.
Again, the famous brand does its work. Unlike AVG, which only scans and terminates malignant malware, this security program actually sets up a whole deal of defenses around your personal information. You can use it to lock information to either the sim card or the phone itself, making it impossible to swipe out one for another, so to speak. This way if some nasty crook got a hold of your phone, he will have hard time accessing your bank accounts, pay pal accounts etc. The same goes for your messages. Basically no one but you will be able to do anything on your phone while this little bad boy is in use. I would personally recommend it to people who like to ‘lend’ their phones to other people, or hide you information from jealous lovers, or curious children.
Let me end our little presentation with my personal favorite Android security program, the almighty Lookout Mobile Security (Free). It does some of the things mentioned above with the added benefit of having an integrated GPS, by which you can locate your phone if it is every lost or stolen. I find this feature the most beneficial for people, because compared to how often you actually get a virus (especially on your phone), losing your Android is statistically ‘winning’ in rate of occurrences.
There is a paid version of this program, which offers more protection and an Privacy Advisor add-on, which much like the name suggests, advises you which apps can siphon information and limit their access.