5 security apps for Android users

5 security apps for Android users

Summary: Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Google's Android operating system due to its popularity, so we spotlight 5 security apps that would help users in protecting their personal data and devices.

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TOPICS: Apps, Mobility, Security
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  • 3. Seal App Locker
    Price: US$2.54

    From Gmail to WhatsApp, Seal can be used to individually lock any app on your phone with a complex or numeric password, or a pattern.

    Apps can also be arranged into profiles to be locked and unlocked as a group, and each app can be enabled or disabled easily from the Seal interface by tapping the radio button.

  • 4. GadgetTrak Mobile Security
    Price: US$19.95/year

    For those who are more worried about lost or stolen devices than malware scanning, this app uses GPS, Wi-Fi positioning and cell tower triangulation to track a phone's exact location. In case of theft, an alarm can be activated remotely even if the device is on silent mode.

    The software is also tamper-proof and users will be alerted to unauthorized SIM changes or new number assignment on the device.

  • 5. NQ Mobile Security and Antivirus
    Price: Free; US$19.99/year for premium version

    NQ's privacy protection monitors apps that access your private data without permission, which is handy with the proliferation of rogue apps. Its traffic monitoring function also ensures you do not go over your data plan's limits, and lets you rank apps by data consumption.

    The premium version comes with additional automatic virus database updates, online banking protection, and the ability to lock and wipe data if the phone is lost or stolen.

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Topics: Apps, Mobility, Security

Ellyne Phneah

About Ellyne Phneah

Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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  • You Forgot One.

    You forgot about (or don't know about) "Android Lost", it's free & it has a ton of features, like Google Maps location, taking pictures with the front (or rear) cameras, sending audio messages to the thief (or the kind person that found your phone), remote wiping of the phone and/or SD card, and much more.
    Bobby_Lane
  • You Forgot One.

    You forgot about (or don't know about) "Android Lost", it's free & it has a ton of features, like Google Maps location, taking pictures with the front (or rear) cameras, sending audio messages to the thief (or the kind person that found your phone), remote wiping of the phone and/or SD card, and much more.
    Bobby_Lane
  • You left out the best avast! Free Mobile Security

    If you have avast! free mobile security, you at least have a safe smart phone or tablet and, it also does an excellent job of protecting you against theft.
    http://www.avast.com/free-mobile-security
    bob3160_z
  • Sheesh...

    The Android is already too complicated for non-techies... these just make it worse. Like they're really going to navigate through all these things.
    bb_apptix
    • What exactly is harder?

      Examples please.
      Natanael_L
  • NetQin Incompatible with Nexus 7

    "This app is incompatible with your Nexus 7."
    S_Deemer
    • works GREAT with Samsung Galaxy Note!

      I've been using this new software about a week and counting, and have found it to be non-invasive or memory robbing either. Seems to do exactly what it says it's doing, no more or less. This app is up to the task of a complex Android phone like my Note, and then some.
      tech727
  • And yet another one....

    Norton Anti-Theft

    No malware/virus protection but you may get you Android device or PC back if it's lost or stolen. Pretty nifty.
    raynardo
  • no one likes lookout?

    Lookout mobile was the first of these apps for android and offers most of the same functions as those mentioned in the article. just not the App locker, which fyi is VERY annoying on a phone.
    aiellenon