Secure Your Android Smartphone
Android is a terrific operating system in many ways, with every advancement in mobile technology, it is posing a great threat to the Android smartphone users. Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. If someone steals your handset or if you happen to lose it, all that personal information is suddenly not so personal anymore. Your phone is an investment, so you should safeguard your contacts, photos, texts, videos, and music. Here are 5 Android applications that can help you secure your android smartphone.
1). McAfee WaveSecure:
McAfee WaveSecure is a complete mobile security service that lets users protect data, ensure privacy in the event of theft and enhances the possibility of recovering the device.
1). It has the ability to back up data straight from your Android device or remotely on the web.
2). Remotely lock you phone to avoid any abuse of your smartphone If it is stolen.
3). It can restore your SMS and contacts stored online to your device.
4). It can also Track and locate your mobile on a map.
With these features, McAfee WaveSecure provides ultimate security to your Android Device. The best part is that it comes with a free trial version also.
Price: McAfee WaveSecure for Android is available at USD19.99 with a 1-year subscription.
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2). Google Authenticator:
Google Authenticator is an App developed Google Inc.
It Enable a 2-step verification to protect your Google Account from hijacking. This App generates a 2-step verification codes on your phone. The Authenticator provides a six digit number users must provide in addition to their username and password to log in to Google services.
With 2-step verification, you can choose to add an additional layer of security for your Google Account by signing in with both a code generated by this application in addition to your password.
How It Works?
Google generates an 80-bit secret key for each user. This is provided as a 16 character base32 string or as a QR code. The client creates a HMAC-SHA1 using this secret key, with the message being the number of 30 second periods having elapsed since the Unix epoch. A portion of the HMAC is extracted and converted to a 6 digit code.
How To Use This App?
To use this app, you need to first enable 2-step verification on your Google Account by visiting your Account Settings page.
3). mSecure Password Manager:
mSecure Password Manager App helps you to encrypt personal information such as account numbers, usernames, passwords and more. It has a Passwrod Generator, which creates un-guessable passwords. The best feature of this app is that if any Hacker attempts to guess your password, it will self-destruct (optional). It is also embedded with cloud data protection architecture which makes this app independent of security of cloud services.
mSecure is the app for those people who doesn’t want prying eyes on their apps and data.
4). ProxyDroid :
ProxyDroid is an app developed by Mark Lv. This app can help you to set the proxy (http / socks4 / socks5) on your android devices. It is useful in countries where certain websites and apps are blocked. ProxyDroid is open source software and distributed with many other open source projects, as an Open Source Project you can check the source code from their official website.
Some of its basic Features are:
1. Support HTTP / HTTPS / SOCKS4 / SOCKS5 proxy
2. Support basic / NTLM / NTLMv2 authentication methods
3. Individual proxy for only one or several apps
4. Multiple profiles support
5. Bind configuration to WIFI’s SSID / Mobile Network (2G / 3G)
6. Widgets for quickly switching on/off proxy
7. Low battery and memory consumption (written in C and compiled as native binary)
8. Bypass custom IP address
9. DNS proxy for guys behind the firewall that disallows to resolve external addresses
10. PAC file support (only basic support, thanks to Rhino)
Note: This app will only work on Rooted Android Devices.
5). Antivirus Free:
It Is a Fast and lightweight app, which protects your phone from Malicious apps. It helps you in blocking the apps which can Compromise your security by reading your Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other account log-in info. It also keeps an eye on apps which can Send SMS from your mobile that will cost you money. This app also tracks your mobile activity and sends the information to a remote server.
With all these benefits, Antivirus free app doesn’t clash with the performance of your android device. Its low-impact system will monitor and inform you of any threats detected, while using less than 0.1% of your battery. It is powered with the support of 10 international languages.
It is very much similar to its competitors AVG and Lookout security, but the users find Antivirus free much simple and easy to use app.
Price: As its name says, it is Free :)
Author: Naveen Thakur