Protect Your Device: Apps that Can Help Your Android Mobile and Tablet Security
Written by: Bridget Doyle | Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:58:47 +0000
Just as we use our phones more and more as computers, they are becoming more and more vulnerable to security breaches in the same way computers have been.
As more of our daily activities — banking, email, password storage, and more – are conducted on smartphones, it is crucial to diligently protect against any attacks on those devices. There are a handful of apps offering this type of security with malware prevention and detection, privacy and anti-theft features, although which app is best is up for debate.
Whether you're looking to protect against malware attacks or protect your personal information should your phone fall into the wrong hands, there are apps available that can help with backing contacts and data, tracking your device, and helping weed out security threats.
Here are some of users' top-rated security apps:
1. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
Cost: Free version or premium for $15/year
Avast's Mobile Security app aids in both anti-virus and anti-theft of your Android smartphone and aids in preventing unwanted phishing, malware, spyware, Trojans, and other viruses. With more than 2 million five-star reviews in the Google Play store, a number of technology sites dub Avast the top-notch app. The remote lock and complete memory wipe for a lost phone are attractive tools among other exciting features.
2. Norton Security and Antivirus
Cost: Free version or premium for $29.99
The familiar name may be attractive enough alone to take a peek at this one, but the Norton app also bills itself as an all-in-one mobile security and virus protection app for smartphones and tablets. Among other features, Norton can use SMS to remotely lock a stolen or lost phone and will scan and remove apps that can harm or even just slow your device. An interesting feature is the ability to trigger a "scream" alarm to find a missing device.
3. Kaspersky Internet Security
Cost: Free version or premium for $14.95/year
Marketed to "safeguard your digital life," Kaspersky knows how heavily its customers rely on its mobile devices for day-to-day activity. Its anti-theft protection comes with features such as Lock & Locate, Wipe, Full Wipe, and Mugshot, which uses the phone's camera to snap a photo of the potential thief. The Web Management Portal uses a personal account to manage the anti-theft options from one place. The Call & Text Filter for smartphones will also help protect against unwanted calls and text messages.
4. McAfee Mobile Security
Cost: Free version or, premium subscription costs vary
Security and anti-virus features on this app are backed by the McAfee Global Threat Intelligence Network, protecting devices with real-time updates. Users can choose to schedule their anti-virus scans with daily or weekly options. McAfee's backup and restore features allow users to view their personal data from any available browser, locate their device on a Google Map, save extra copies of photos and contacts, and backup contacts automatically on a schedule.
5. Qihoo 360 Security
360 Security boasts that it is trusted by 200 million users as an anti-virus app that boosts speed, optimizes memory space, and protects battery power while also protecting your device. Speed and cleaning are top-billed items for this app, as it uses a "renowned boost engine" and will clean application caches and junk files in one easy step. For those who value their phone's battery life above all, 360 Security is able to extend battery life by 20 percent. According to the app, it's able to boost speed and battery efficiency up to 52.7 percent on some devices.
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