The Best Android Security Apps
While the multi-tasking capabilities of Android give them the ability to do many wonderful and amazing things, unfortunately, these enhanced capabilities make them more susceptible to malware, viruses and other security threats. If you own an Android smartphone you really should install security software to protect your personal data, Internet surfing, and any financial transaction you use the phone to complete.
Here is a list of some of the best Android security apps. We have included an overview of the best antivirus, password protection and Android anti Spy applications you can find. The criteria for selecting apps for this list are that they must: have high user ratings, be effective at blocking malware and other Android security issues and must be reasonably priced, if they aren’t free security software.
While some Android security software vendors offer separate solutions for anti-virus protection, data backup, remote data wipe and missing phone location, Lookout provides all of these and more in one free app. Best of all you can see your device’s location on an online map and manage other features from the company’s Web-based interface.
In fact, if the phone is lost you can opt to remote delete all your contacts, photos, videos, e-mails and text messages. You can then restore them, to a new phone, from the backups you had saved on MyLookout.com. While the phone provides an ample suite of cell phone security features to backup and recover your personal data, it does a very good job at blocking viruses and malicious apps as well.
This is also a complete mobile security app that can be used to remotely lock, wipe or locate a lost or stolen phone. The app also provides Norton-grade anti-malware protection, and call and SMS screening of unwanted callers.
This app provides parental control, safe surfing, unwanted call and text blocking as well as anti spy software solutions. Standout features include intrusion detection, a firewall and central management (via a third party application). This mobile security software is a free 30-Trial the full app costs $3.99.
You can use this app to password protect individual apps, your SMS, Dialer and contacts. If the phone is lost ES Security manager can be use to get its location and remotely recover any information on the SIM card.