Smart phones are a great way to stay connected with friends and family, improve productivity and access a variety of web-based services while away from your home or office. With the ever increasing use of smart phones, these devices hold a wealth of sensitive personal information. If this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it could be worse that having your wallet or purse stolen. Identity thieves, hackers and other malicious users are aware of the abundance of information available on mobile phones. This has caused a rise in the number of malicious apps and mobile viruses in circulation. Fortunately, stopping these apps often as simple as running a smart phone security application. These four best security applications on the market for your smart phone offer impressive security, affordable pricing and easy use.
1. Lookout Mobile Security
Like many mobile applications, Lookout Mobile Security comes in both free and paid versions. However, the free version offers a plenty of features to keep your phone safe and secure. When it comes to mobile security suites, Lookout is one of the most comprehensive available. Features of Lookout Mobile Security include:
- Contact backup and restoration
- GPS and audio phone location
- Phishing protection, spyware filtering and virus scanning
Upgrading to the paid edition adds malicious site and number filtering, application rights management, remote phone locking, remote data wiping and full phone backups for a small monthly fee. Free trials are available for the premium features to make it easy to decide whether the paid or free solution is best for your needs.
2. F-Secure Mobile Security
F-Secure Mobile Security boasts one of the highest virus detection rates in the mobile security field. This makes this app ideal for those that use their phones as a storage device. While it is not quite as comprehensive as Lookout Mobile Security, it does offer a few unique features that offer benefits no other application currently offers.
In addition to standard virus scanning features, F-Secure offers the following features:
- Spyware and Malware blocking
- Parental controls for purchases and content
- Number blocking and filtering
- SIM card monitoring and notification
- Phone location tools
F-Secure Mobile Security is a little different to install from many other offerings. It is not offered on the Google Play store. Instead, you must download it directly from the F-Secure site. However, installation instructions are provided and simple to follow. Though there is no free version available, the paid version does offer low monthly rates and a free trial period to evaluate the application for your needs.
Especially in the business world, phone security is often more about identity verification than file scanning. From keeping unauthorized users away from your networks to preventing unauthorized access to web service accounts, two factor authentication is one of the best ways to use your phone to improve security.
PhoneFactor is a free multi-factor authentication service and smartphone application that already supports a variety of Microsoft applications and can be easily integrated into existing software suites. Upon log-in, the service sends a text, calls your smart phone or pushes an app notification to your phone that you must respond to in order to complete your sign-in. This means that even if your log-in credentials are discovered, your account is secure unless physical access to your phone is available.
About the Author:
Robert Coulter writes about e-commerce authentication service for Authentify. Robert enjoys boating and swimming when he isn’t busy with his job.