Today we are talking about mobile security. With all the new smartphones and tablets floating around you have to be wondering how secure is your mobile OS? You have to also consider the dangers of recycling an old smartphone when you upgrade to a new one. So today we are looking for the best mobile security app and the best methods for setting the proper security settings on your phone as well as how to protect your children while using their smartphones.
Mobile Security Threats
What kind of mobile security threats exist today? Well if you think about how many times an app is downloaded, or how many times a day you access public wifi or wireless internet, then your mobile vulnerability is increased. Every once in a while an app slips through the cracks that is highly addictive and very popular, but holds some security threats. Think about what apps have access to when you download them. They have access to your social accounts, your emails, and your contacts and in some cases your bank account because you paid for the app. Now this is rare, but it does exist.
So what can be done to protect you and boost your mobile security? This depends on what mobile operating system you are using. I don’t want to get too technical here, so to make it easy there are different settings and apps available based on whether you are on an iPhone or Android phone.
Apple is said to have the safest mobile operating system with their iOS platform. For the most part this is true. They have their app submission process pretty well locked down, and the app goes through a very strenuous process before it gets approved and is available for download. That doesn’t mean this process is fool proof.
Android, owned by Google, is more of an open platform, but that does not mean it isn’t secure. Google has gone to great links to ensure their apps are just as secure as those available on Apple’s app store. But again, every now and then an app sneaks through the process and makes you vulnerable to mobile cyber-attacks.
There are some steps we can take to “lock down” our phones and protect ourselves from these would be cyber-attacks.
Mobile Security Android
Let’s first discuss mobile security for Android phones. These can also be applied to the Android tablets, such as the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, etc., as well.
So how do you protect yourself when you are on an Android phone? First visit the settings area on your phone and go through the security settings to ensure you have a strong password to access your phone. There are also several apps available on the Google Play app store to further the security of your phone. Here is a list of the top security apps available for download on your Android phone.
- Lookout Security and Antivirus – Lookout offers essential protection against all the bad stuff that can happen to your phone or tablet, like viruses, loss, and theft. Lookout’s security features are FREE, but for complete protection, upgrade to Lookout Premium for $2.99/month.
- Avast! Mobile Security – Remote cell phone tracker/locator and malware protection (with USSD blocker). Highly recommended by Android authorities, AV-Test, PCAdvisor, Techworld, and now over 10 million users worldwide!
- Kaspersky Mobile Security – Kaspersky Mobile Security delivers the latest security technologies to protect Android smartphones from viruses, Internet threats, phishing sites, spyware and spam. It includes easy-to-use, advanced privacy features and – if your phone is lost or stolen – you can remotely protect your data and find the location of your missing phone.
Mobile Security for iPhone
The steps for securing your iPhone are basically the same as an Android. First visit your settings app, tab general, and then restrictions. From here you simply enable restrictions and choose a 4 digit key to access your phone from the lock screen. I suggest this being a different PIN than your bank card, or any other 4 digit code you use to access other things in your life.
One really great app available to boost mobile security on your iPhone is Lookout Security and Antivirus, they have cross plat-formed to make the app available on both iOS and Android devices. Kaspersky is also available for iPhones. Both companies offer great features to really beef up security for your mobile devices, and offer fantastic support as well.
We can never be too careful with our personal information. Most of us keep the majority of our’s on our smartphones, from pictures to videos, email address to our bank accounts. So go out and pick up one of these great security apps to pump up your mobile security.