How secure is your smartphone?
According to Pew Research, “As of May 2013, 63% of adult cell owners use their phones to go online. 34% of cell internet users go online mostly using their phones, and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.”
Meanwhile, sending and receiving email alongside downloading apps are commonplace. These activities heighten the risk of your smartphone becoming infected with malware that can access private information, secretly control your device and compromise business data.
When it comes to mobile living it is especially important for entrepreneurs to mitigate cyber security risks and BYOD threats. “Keeping your property safe often comes down to common sense, and your smartphone is no different than your PC or home. Taking basic precautions will go a long way toward saving you time and money (Verizon Wireless).”
Thankfully, there are high quality, user-friendly android security apps that can enhance the security and privacy of your smartphone; keeping your personal and business data hacker-free.
Here’s a look at ten free android apps to boost the security of your smartphone and what you store on it.
When it comes to securing or improving the confidentiality and privacy of android phones avast mobile security app does this and more. This app provides a lot of exciting and attractive features such as a virus scanner that works on the assumption of privacy advice, providing app permissions that should be reviewed. It is also beneficial in predicting app usage stats so patterns are available to analyze or observe unwanted or suspicious app activity. At the same time, their web shield feature safeguards android phones from malware.
AVG is more than just an antivirus tool; it is a complete mobile security solution. AVG acts as a real-time shield against malware and at the same time enhances the performance of android devices. You can also trace and locate your android device through the help of Google maps if lost.
This innovative security app makes it easy for your device to be found and locked remotely, if needed. There is also an antivirus scanner that secures images and other applications by means of an applock and vault.
360 Security is one of the most influential and results-oriented security apps on the market. Key features include a cache cleaner along with a RAM booster and power saving button along with antivirus scanning. This app helps manage and monitor android devices by locking and finding the position using GPS.
This is another exciting and attractive free security app that is helpful in securing the android phone by means of app scanner, app adviser and stats monitor. Through the help of this app web browsing could be performed in confidential manner.
Malwarebytes’ free security app safeguards your device from cyber threats and potentially unwanted programs, or PUPs. It protects your phone or tablet from malware, infected apps, and unauthorized surveillance. The Application Manager feature is particularly useful, since it identifies which applications are currently running, lists installed applications and enables custom whitelisting of approved apps.
The ESET antivirus app includes an antivirus scanner along with an anti-theft option that is beneficial in locating the position of android phones. At the same time, the phones can also be locked if the phone is missing or someone has stolen.
This app from Kaspersky Lab’s includes protection from viruses, spyware, Trojans and more. The Antivirus Scanner runs an on-demand malware scan of your device and the advanced anti-theft protection is a must-have with lock and locate, wipe, full wipe and mugshot capabilities. The alarm feature is an added perk that lets you remotely sound the alarm, helping you to find your device if it is somewhere nearby. The alarm works even in silent mode.
This app is quite useful if you need basic antivirus tools in order to secure android phone. Easily remove locker ransomware and unlock a device compromised by locker ransomware with this app. You can terminate malicious processes (even on locked devices), neutralize lockers that are not yet present in the Dr.Web virus database and preserve data without paying a ransom to hackers.
Bitdefender is a light weight app that offers powerful in-the-cloud scanning technology to arm your android device with the very latest virus detection. Autopilot automatically scans any new apps that are downloaded to your Android device for viruses. It is ready to go right after installation, acting as an effective tool against mobile malware.
11. Bonus: Lookout Security & Antivirus
Named “The Best Mobile Security Solution for Android Devices!” by LAPTOP Magazine, Lookout offers protection against mobile threats, phone loss and theft. With your registered email, you will be able to log into Lookout.com to locate your phone, view your backed up data and manage your devices, anytime, anywhere.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Elizabeth Olsen is the co-founder of Most Secure VPN, the best VPN for android; offering app services to smartphone users. She graduates in software application from University of Los Angeles and has developed many Facebook, Twitter apps. Connect with @mostsecurevpn on Twitter.