Do you know what to do if you completely lost your mobile phone, or worse case had it stolen? Do you know how to get it back? What about your personal data that is in and linked to your phone?
Start by installing some type of security apps for your device. With all the different apps available and most for free, there is no excuse for not protecting your phone. And it is sometimes worth paying a small fee for the better apps for the security you need.
Listing some better apps for your Mobile Device. When it comes to security tools, everyone has different criteria. We kept this in mind as we did our review and noticed a few features that made these apps stand out.
Using an Android, Symbian, or a Windows mobile device? F-Secure Mobile Security is a good choice. It offers basic protection against viruses and malware, parental controls, safe browsing, identity protection, location tracking, and call-SMS blocking. Protect the data in your phone if it is lost or stolen and this app will help you locate your device and let you wipe out the data contained and lock it remotely.
Panda Security Panda's best protection, privacy and performance features into a single solution. This high-end, cross-platform antivirus product allows you to enjoy all your devices with complete peace of mind. It's the ideal solution for all of your family's devices.
Fyde is now Barracuda While not an antivirus app, Fyde Barracuda CloudGen Access is still worth considering because of its focus on identity protection and privacy controls. It protects user identities against phishing and account takeover attacks. Secure third-party access to your business. No more slow, high friction, hard-to-set up VPNs with full access to flat internal networks.
TotalAV Antivirus is a free to use antivirus packed with all the essential features to find and remove malware, keeping you safe. Rapid installation, speed, avoiding interruptions. Powerful on-demand protection packed into a light solution. Keep gaming, image and video editing and other resource-intensive activities. Free Download.
Norton is a big, well known antivirus provider. Norton Mobile is only available for Androids. It protects against unauthorized access, viruses, malware, phishing, and theft. If your phone is stolen, you will be able to locate it, wipe the data within, and lock it remotely. Even when browsing the Web, you are being protected with its privacy guard. If your device is compromised, it will detect and delete the threat. All apps are scanned to make sure they are not malicious. Calls and SMS messages can also be blocked. Norton Mobile Security Lite is free for Android Devices. Norton Mobile Utilities and Task Killer, Snap QR Code Reader, and Anti-Theft plug-ins all for free.
A very similar "Android Only" mobile security app you might like is by Trend Micro. It offers all the same features as Norton Mobile and comes with a 30-day free trial. Protects you against malicious apps, ransomware, dangerous websites, unsafe Wi-Fi networks, unwanted access to your device, and more. Optimize your mobile phone to keep it running at peak performance.
NordVPN offers intuitive and easy to use apps for the Android and iOS operating systems. Both applications are designed to provide the best mobile VPN experience. iOS uses the IKEv2/IPsec security protocol, which provides military-grade encryption, high-performance speed, and stability. Android uses OpenVPN security protocol, as it offers reliable, fast and secure VPN experience at all times. Nord mobile VPN service is based on cutting edge security protocols that offer strong VPN encryption between your mobile device and the remote server you have connected to.
AVG for Android. Once installed, it runs silently to protect you from the latest viruses, malware, spyware, unsafe apps and settings, unwanted callers, and other nasty threats. It also helps the performance of your device by identifying applications that may be slowing it down. AVG for Android is also free.
With BullGuard you have an online account that you can remotely access your devices, with a Mobile Security Manager that works with your device’s GPS. If you lose your device, you can lock it remotely and completely wipe it. A Parental Control module so you can keep your kids protected without having direct access to the phone. Antivirus and anti-spyware, firewall, spam filter, back up/restore feature for contacts, and SIM card protection. Available for Android, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry.
Lookout is a free app that protects your iOS or Android device from mobile threats such as unsecured Wi-Fi networks, malicious apps, fraudulent links, etc. Schedule automatic backups and use it to restore your device in case of a crash or data loss. Lookout can locate your device on Google Maps even when the GPS is off. It will also activate a loud alarm even if your phone is on silent. Need more features like remote locking, safe browsing, phishing protection, privacy scans and app reports? Upgrade to Lookout Premium.
iHound is great for families and includes different tracking tools. It is also a great tool for protecting your device. iHound can use your phone’s GPS to track your device and report its location. It includes an alarm that can be set off via a push notification and heard even when the device is silent. On an Android device, you can remotely wipe your data and lock your device. Also, it can protect you with the unique geofencing feature that automatically checks you in on Facebook or Twitter when you arrive at your destination. iHound is currently free in the iPhone App Store and includes 3 months of service.
McAfee Also has an excellent mobile security application for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian OS, Windows phone, and Java. Having all the same features as the rest: remote wiping and locking; back up and restoring of data; and location and SIM tracking. But not only can you back up your contacts, you can also back up photos and videos. The tracking feature not only tracks your current location, but can show several locations on a map. This feature can work even if your GPS is off.
Kaspersky Mobile offers different features, but has the most features for Symbian and Windows mobile devices. These features include: anti-theft, antivirus, anti-spam, privacy protection, data encryption, parental controls, and firewall protection. The phone tracking feature shows your device on Google Maps and provides coordinates. One of the best features is the ability to wipe your device clean even if the SIM card has been replaced. The Private mode feature is also useful because you can completely hide incoming calls and SMS messages manually, automatically, or remotely. So if your device is stolen or someone is trying to hack into your phone, they will not be able to access your data.
Avast Mobile Android only application with many free features. When compared to the other free and paid mobile security options, Avast delivers the same features and more. Real-time protection, customizable updates, privacy reports, a Web shield, call and SMS message filtering, firewall, application manager. You can locate your device and wipe or lock it remotely, set off an alarm, and even receive a notification if your SIM card is changed. The App Disguiser is a unique feature that lets you choose custom names for your apps so that if your device is stolen, it will be harder for thieves to find the apps containing your personal data. Another feature is Stealth ModeAvast app. Once the anti-theft feature has been enabled on your device, the Avast app icon will be hidden so that the thief can’t detect it; they will never even know that they are being tracked.
Webroot SecureWeb Is available for iOS and Android and mainly for securing your Web browsing. On the iOS app, you can browse using the integrated and secure tabbed browser and safe search feature, which identifies phishing and malicious websites. There are no anti-theft features included, unlike the Android version. For Android, there is both a free and Pro version. In the free version you get secure browsing along with an antivirus, location tracking, alarm, call and SMS message blocking, and remote locking. The PRO version has all the above plus SIM card locking, remote wiping, and app scanning.
When it comes to Security
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