Mobile devices have become prolific, and with that popularity has come an increased need for security. It’s simple really: as people’s computing and online habits migrate from desktop devices to mobile devices, so too goes the way of the hackers and online predators.
Mobile devices have become prolific, and with that popularity has come an increased need for security. It’s simple really: as people’s computing and online habits migrate from desktop devices to mobile devices, so too goes the way of the hackers and online predators. Though you may feel unprepared to thwart such risks, there are actually a number of different apps and programs to help protect your smartphone. If you use an Android device, such as the new Google Nexus 5, then the following apps are for you:
Lookout Security and Antivirus
Lookout offers an all-in-one Android security program that can protect against malware, help in the event of theft or loss, and allow you to backup sensitive data. With phones becoming ever more capable by the day, and plans such as T-Mobile‘s uncarrier 4G options making it easier than ever to get service for these devices, smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming our go-to computing platforms. Doesn’t it make sense to take the same security measures for your phone that you would for your desktop? The Lookout Security & Antivirus app lets you do just that.
AVG Antivirus Security
One of the biggest names in the world of antivirus technology is AVG. This free app – AVG Antivirus Security – gives the user tremendous power over his or her mobile security. The user can scan apps, settings, files and media in real time; lock or wipe the device in the case of theft or loss; locate the device via Google Maps should it become lost; and browse the web safely and securely, free of worry. If you’ve just purchased a new Android phone, don’t go into the wilderness unprepared! Be sure to take advantage of an antivirus app like that offered by AVG.
mSecure Password Manager
If you’re like most people, you probably rely on one, two or three primary passwords across all of your various online profiles and accounts. Convenient, yes, but also incredibly risky. By using just one or two passwords for security, you open yourself up to increased risk of being hacked. The mSecure Password Manager is designed to help you keep track of your passwords, securely, so that you can actually make best use of this fundamental security feature. With an auto lock to keep it from prying eyes and automatic backup available to your SD card or email, this app keeps all of your passwords at your fingertips – securely.
You’re likely aware of your device’s password feature. In fact, you may use it yourself. It’s a simple yet effective way to add an extra layer of security to your phone. Rather than being able to access all of your apps, data and media with a simple swipe of a finger, you can require a password or pattern input to make it just that much more difficult. But did you know that you can enable this same added layer of security for individual apps as well? It’s possible with Seal, an app that allows you to password protect not just your phone, but individual programs and applications.
SeekDroid: Find My Phone
A smartphone is a big investment. Even if you get your smartphone for free as a bonus for signing up for a service contract, you should still realize that the phone itself isn’t really “free” per se; rather, the upfront cost of the phone has been deferred and integrated into your service plan. When it comes to smartphones, the old adage that there is “no such thing as a free lunch” holds true. So do what you can to safeguard against theft, loss or damage. With SeekDroid: Find My Phone, you can locate your phone anywhere in the world, view its location on a map, set off an audible alarm (so that you can more easily locate it or thwart the thief from attempting to use or sell it), and remotely wipe the device. SeekDroid gives you peace of mind and added security.