Apps That Help Safeguard Your Android Mobile
Mobile phones using the Google Android operating system have become a rage across the world as they offer a world of functionalities and a whole lot of interesting possibilities.
Android mobile features that make protection necessary -
Key features like open source and multiple application download options available on Android phones while being attractive make the devices vulnerable to malware threats and viral attacks. So, it becomes essential for Android mobile phone users to be aware of such risks and take necessary precautions.
Android mobiles can run a host of applications that are available from various App Stores like Google, Amazon etc. Users can choose applications to suit their requirements and preferences and download them onto their devices. These applications run from a “sandbox” – a cordoned region of the OS which has no access to the remaining system resources. However, permissions can be granted by users by choosing the displayed options when installing the apps.
Understandably, owing to user intervention during installation of applications and complex communication between the various applications, sandboxing is far from being the water-tight security for the Android phone.
Applications that help safeguard Android mobiles
Applications for safeguarding Android mobile phones are available for download – many of these are free while some charge fees for premium features. They typically offer antivirus and firewall protection besides keeping off unwarranted intrusion on sensitive data. The applications also ensure damage control when an Android phone is lost or stolen. One can also monitor his or her Android phone through mobile monitoring apps like Mobile Spy.
Privacy Inspector: is a free, easy to use application that gives information about what data is being accessed by which app on the phone. This means users can keep a tab on the usage of their private information. The application even rates other Android apps (based on the type of data they can get at) and supports people in making informed choices on what apps to download on to their phones.
NetQuin Mobile Security: is an application that not only defends Android mobiles from malware but also aids in backing up contact info, tracking data usage on the mobile, uninstalling unused applications and optimizing sluggish mobiles to run faster.
Norton Mobile Security Lite: has features for anti-theft as well as anti-virus capabilities and can be considered as a one-stop solution for Android users.
Lookout is a free app which can come in really handy when a user loses his/ her Android phone. It is built to precisely locate the phone through its web interface. The app can additionally help to salvage important data like contacts, pictures, videos and more.
Protector app: gives a password protect option with which user can protect other applications and features on their Android mobiles to ensure maximum privacy.
Many security firms such as Lookout Mobile Security, McAfee, Symantec, Kaspersky, bitdefender etc., have released anti-virus applications targeted for Android devices. However, there is a word of caution to owners of Android mobiles. They need to know that the effectiveness of any application is questionable to some extent – because the Android phones’ sandboxing procedure might restrict the security software’s ability to probe and scan deep into the mobile system. This could in turn lead to unauthorized code getting into the phone and causing damage.
Sharon Stouffer is an active blogger who loves to blog on latest Mobile Technology. She is passionate about the new and innovative mobile applications and has created a site wherein she reviews and provides insight into various Cell Phone Spy software.