Android Protection: Top 6 Security Apps

The growing popularity of smart phones has had an unwanted side effect–the rise of mobile-targeted malware. Hackers recently exploited the openness of the Android Market by littering it with malicious apps that forced Google to take drastic steps. Google says it has built new safeguards into the Market, but you might want to protect your phone just in case with security software.

Check out this selection of apps for Android and other platforms that promise to protect your device and private info.

BullGuard Mobile Security 10

Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile

BullGuard scans smart phones for viruses and backs up both calendar and contact information. If a phone is lost, Mobile Security 10 will use GPS to locate it or delete all info stored within the handset. Also included is a parental control feature that allows parents to view a child’s messaging and photo activity.


F-Secure Mobile Security

Platforms: Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile

This app from F-Secure identifies and alerts smart phone users to suspicious websites. It also detects and removes spyware lurking on your device. With F-Secure, users can back up their personal info, too. An additional free Anti-Theft for Mobile component will help track lost handsets, wipe data, and even inform you if a new number is being used.

$39.99 (one year), $59.99 (two years)

Lookout Mobile Security Premium

Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile

Available for free, Lookout protects against viruses and evil apps, locates lost phones, and backs up personal data to the web. For photos and call logs data, you’ll have to spring for the premium version. This version also keeps track of apps that try to access private data. And you can remotely lock phones and wipe all data, including the SD card, if required.

Free (basic), $2.99 per month (premium);

McAfee WaveSecure

Platforms: Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile

Once installed, the WaveSecure app from McAfee backs up data such as text messages, contacts, and call logs onto McAfee’s secure servers. Users can access this data remotely via a web browser and can restore info for transfer to replacement handsets. If a phone is lost, the app will lock the device if the SIM card is removed (assuming it uses one). WaveSecure will track the handset and display its current location. If all else fails, there’s the option to wipe all phone data remotely.

$19.90 (per year);

Norton Mobile Security for Android 1.5

Platform: Android

A fresh offering from Norton that’s emerging from beta soon, Mobile Security for Android features tools for wiping data or locking handsets remotely via SMS messaging. This tool can also help locate handsets or change passwords from afar. Users have the option of blocking spam text messages and can conduct virus scans. The software will examine content on SD cards too, identifying dangerous apps and other malware.

Price TBA;

Trend Micro Mobile Security

Platform: Android

This helpful app protects against phony websites designed to phish your banking account. It also checks for malicious apps and lets users block unwanted calls and texts. In addition, Trend Micro includes parental controls to filter the websites children can access. Noticeably absent, though, is a way to delete data remotely.

Free (30-day trial), $3.99 (one year);

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  1. Stillray Says:

    So, what makes these apps the Top 6? Are you talking about downloads? Security features vs price? They all sound interchangeable as this post stands.

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