Android is on its way to become the first-love of thousands of smartphones users across the world.
It has already outdone Symbian and Apple iOS doesn't seem to be offering a tough challenge. While it is a terrific OS in more than one ways, it also has many security concerns. Users across the globe have been perturbed by the fact that Google removed at least 50 malware-infected applications and activate an Android app kill switch. But keep your worries aside because there are several third-party security apps available for Android and these apps are doing fairly good job.
McAfee is renowned for producing some cutting-edge anti-virus applications but this one should not be confused for an anti-virus. McAfee WaveSecure secures your mobile device and personal data in the event of loss or theft. It doesn't offer virus scans or firewall protection but have significant features like the ability to remotely lock and track the lost Android phone as well as to back up, wipe, and restore some of your private data. This application is free.
mSecure Password Manager
This is a specialist app for encrypting and storing crucial info and passwords, including back account nos., insurance policy nos., email login passwords and a lot more. The app is based on a 256-bit Blowfish encryption and has a password protection “hint” feature that asks users questions to help them remember the passwords. There's also an in-built automated password generator which can create string and secure passwords for new and existing accounts. Developed by MSeven Software, it is priced at $4.99.
While there are applications available to deal with the malware which has already been installed on your Android devices, Aegislab's AppScan Beta (not to be confused with the IBM product of the same name) is designed to prevent you from downloading it in the first place. The applications meticulously scans the other apps on the Android Market and identifies any spyware or malware they may have on them by flagging them as “suspicious”. Developed by Aegislab, this one comes for free.
This is an extremely popular antivirus applications which has been downloaded more than half a million times. It boasts of an average rating of four-and-a-half stars by more than 12,000 users on the Android market. It scans the already-installed applications on your Android device and crosschecks them with its own reference database of known malicious applications. If AppScan lets any malicious applications skip through, you can count on this one. Developed by Creative Apps, you don't need to pay a penny for getting Antivirus Free.
Titanium Backup PRO Key
While mSecure Password Manager specializes in saving key financial and personal data, Titanium Backup PRO Key offers advanced backup for almost all of your Android applications. This multi-purpose app can also be used for encryption, batch verification, and application freezing. Developed by Matrixwriter, you need to shell out $6.16 to get this app.