Top 5 Android Security Apps
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It wasn’t too long ago that “security” for your mobile device meant not leaving your cell phone sitting in your car when you parked, or on the table at the diner when you went to the restroom. Things have changed somewhat dramatically since then. Nowadays, you’re likely to have all kinds of sensitive private information tucked away on your smartphone (which, by the way, is actually a more powerful computer than the one that filled your desktop a decade or so ago). Contacts information. Banking information. Company details. All the kind of stuff that you not only worry about losing, but about someone else getting hold of and even using against you. Thankfully, the app guidelines for modern smartphones do a reasonably good job of securing the devices, but hackers are always working diligently and effectively to find weak links that they can exploit. For that reason, it’s becoming ever more essential to include security apps in your list of must-haves. Here are five that will go a long way toward protecting your data – and your phone itself – from being stolen.
1) **Your brain* – The most crucial security app for your mobile device is one that has been in (hopefully) constant use throughout your life, yet which is still in the Beta stage. The “Help” function can be effectively listed in three words: *Don’t be stupid! Physical security is provided by simply being awake and aware of your device’s physical location at all times, and not leaving it where it will be an irresistible temptation to thieves. Securing your data is slightly more complex, but not so much as to make it difficult to do. For starters, keep in mind what your folks told you a few thousand times when you were growing up: If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Never yield to the temptation to download that free version of a game or app that you would normally have to pay for, or the supposedly tweaked version of a game offered on an unknown website, even if the download is vouched for by the uncle of someone you know’s best friend or ex-girlfriend. If the official site for your favorite FPS game doesn’t offer the version, it’s probably a fake, and could very well be chock full of nasty stuff, just waiting to hand access to your credit card to whomever wrote the code. Also, you should avoid clicking on any URL that appears in a message from someone you don’t know, or even one you didn’t request from someone you do know. Even if the message appears to be an official communication from a vendor you use and trust, the actual address to which it’s sending you could be completely different than the one that appears onscreen. In summary, don’t be stupid.
2) * OS-provided security apps and settings* – Apple takes top prize on these, with its OS-embedded password lock feature and its Find My iphone app, available both on itunes and Apple Cloud. If someone grabs your iphone and you have it locked with a password, five incorrect attempts to open the phone will result in all data being wiped from it. Your phone might be gone, but at least the thief won’t have access to your personal stuff. And the free Find Your iphone app allows you to trace the physical location of the phone via GPS, to deactivate the phone, and even to make it blare out an alarm that the thief can’t disable without stomping the phone into the ground. There is a similar but admittedly less robust version for Android phones, cleverly called Find My Phone, available free on Google Play.
3) **360 Security** – This is one of those rare free apps that has a better record for catching malware than most of the most well-known paid apps. It packs a whole laundry list of features, yet still takes up less of your device’s resources (and puts less of a drain on the battery) than most of the paid apps. For Android only.
4) **Kapersky Internet Security for Android**– While the Kapersky Android security app offers virtually 100% protection from malicious apps, as well as full-featured antivirus protection, it offers only a 30-day free trial, after which time you’ll need to upgrade to the paid version, which will cost you $14.95 for a year’s coverage.
5) **Lookout Security and Antivirus** – This free Android security app provides good antivirus and anti-malware protection, plus the ability to locate, identify, and even take a picture of whoever has the phone and mail it to you. It also provides a utility to back up your phone contacts on your computer. More robust, paid premium versions for personal, business, or enterprise use are also available for as little as $3 per month.
Keep in mind that while some Android security apps (such as 360 Security, above) are designed to optimize resource and battery use, as a rule of thumb, the more robust and comprehensive the coverage an app provides, the greater toll it will take on those resources, with a corresponding hit to battery life. Depending upon your perspective, the hit might be too high a price to pay, or it might be the best bargain you ever made. Figure out which is most important to you, and stay safe!
About the Author:
Viviana Woodbury is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about best ios app developer. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to Viviana.Woodbury@gmail.com.