Due to it’s openness nature, Android OS is considered as less vulnerable platform than it’s competitor, the iOS. There’s lot of report and research suggest that Android is currently exposed with huge amount of malware or any other threat that related to security issues.
Thankfully, there’s some apps available in the Android Market that are specially build to deal with these kind of problems. This Android Security apps will help you to protect your phone/tablet from online security abuse. Here’s list of our five best Android security apps.
1. Avast Free Mobile Security
This app feature some useful function like anti-malware and anti-theft. The app will warn you if you’re trying to open any website that contain malicious threat. There’s a privacy advisor that will help you to decide which android apps is safe to install and which one is not. It is also able to detect virus or any security threat from the running apps.
Avast will also protect your SMS and call. You can block text or calls from a specific person if you want. Sadly, this app is lack of backup feature. The firewall and enhanced anti-theft function are only accessible if you’re already root your phone.
2. AVG Mobilation Anti-Virus Free
The mobile version of AVG is able to protect both of your tablet and smartphone. There’s also a SMS protection that will keep you safe from any live notification that might contain some malicious content. This free version offer a backup tool. You can try this feature for 13 days trial. If you want some additional function like span and scam scanner, you’ll have to pay for $1.99. That amount of money will allow you to install the Pro version of AVG Mobilation.
AVG Mobilation will run in the background, but you won’t see the apps in the notification tray. It will only pop out if there’s some serious threat happen to your system. This apps also offer remote function, which allow you to wipe, lock, or scan your device from far distance. The apps will also send you an email if someone try to change or remove your SIM card.
3. Lookout Mobile Security
This app packed with some function like malware protection, contacts backup, and remote locating and alarm. It is available for both android phone/tablet. You can grab the Lookout Mobile Security for free, but to own the premium version you have to pay for $2.99 per month or 29.99 per year.
The automatic scanner will run a brief analysis to your system, including the installed apps. Sadly, the SD card is not included on the list. So you might want to scan the card on your desktop computer before you plug it into your phone. You’re able to set scheduled scan on daily or week basis. The backup tool will allow you to make backup of your contacts. The apps can also make a backup of your pictures and call history, but this feature is only enabled in the premium version.
Just like any other security apps, the Lookout Mobile Security also offer remote locating and alarm feature. It is accessible via it’s official website. The company also has the mobile version of it’s website too. Both of them will provide you with complete information of your latest activity. You can also utilize it to locate, lock or wipe your android phone/tablet.
4. Norton Mobile Security Line
You can get the malware protection and remote locking service from Norton for free. But for an extra $29.99/year, you’ll get some additional feature like browser protection, call and text blocking, remote locating, alarm, camera control and wiping.
The good thing is that the scanner also able to scan your SD card, so you’ll get a complete security solution here. It also allow you to set the scan schedule on daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The antivirus database will be updated weekly by default settings, but you can changed it to monthly if you’d like to.
Pack with simple interface, Norton Mobility Security Line allow you to initiate the remote function by SMS.
5. NQ mobile Security
For a free app, this one is packed with quite complete feature. You’ll get anti-malware and browser protection, firewall, contact backup, and remote locating features. Just like the one in AVG, this app also has it’s own privacy advisor that will help you to monitor your data usage and optimize your installed apps.
For an extra $7.99 per 3 month or $12.99 per 6 month, you’ll be able to take benefit from the premium service. It will allow you to do a remote locking, wiping, and alarm. There’s also a new feature that will make your NQ Mobile Security to perform an automatic security update.
You are able to run the scan in both manual and automatic mode. SD card scan is not included in both of those mode. If you’re currently hooked up to a decent WiFi connection, you start to make your a backup of your contacts manually. The NQ Mobile Security will run in the background. You’ll see it’s icon in the notification bar and menu.
In order to access the remote function, you can navigate to NQ official website or send a proper SMS format to it’s official message center. Both of them will provide you with fully detailed information about the security logs and status. There’s also a calendar feature that can be synchronized with your Google Calendar. The downside is that the web page not optimized for mobile view.
Keeping your phone system safe is an important thing. Installing one of these apps will help prevent some malicious software or virus from attacking your device. You’re surely don’t wait to end up with slow system performance and security abuse caused by a mobile virus right? Then we suggest you to install a proper Android security apps in your android devices.tags: Android, Apps, security