Best Android Security Apps for 2020
Best Android Security Apps for 2020
We have definitely come to the era of smartphones, and we got here quite faster. Just in the last few years, mobile technology has catapulted smartphones as the frontrunner of their innovations. We’ve seen smartphones do things we never thought possible just a few years back.
The industry has been riding comfortably on a 67% market penetration, with over 5.19 billion people globally. 4.54 billion people are using the internet out of this market. Now you see why smartphones have become king of the industry in the last decade alone. By 2021, the number of smartphone users will reach approximately 3.8 billion smartphone users, or even more. Online purchases will also escalate to 62% of the world’s population.
Even just this year alone, more than 200 billion apps will be downloaded, bringing in a staggering revenue of $188.9 billion.
Mobile apps are essential to any smartphone. A smartphone without mobile apps will not be as functional as it should be. Apps extend the usability of smartphones by leaps and bounds. Your smartphone may be the latest model packed with mind-blowing innovations, but without downloaded apps, all its features will be a waste.
There are different mobile apps for every purpose imaginable. Productivity tools are foremost, followed by social media apps and entertainment apps. But there is a set of apps that often get sidetracked and ignored despite its massive importance. These are security apps.
You need the best security tools to keep you, your smartphone, and your data protected from potential cyber threats. Here are 10 of the best apps for security on Android today:
AVG: Antivirus for Android: This app includes a Wi-Fi security scanner, app lock, and a photo vault to help protect your files. It also kills any unnecessary process, turning off battery-draining settings, and deleting junk files such as those found in temp and cache folders. AVG has anti-theft protection in case your phone’s stolen, which tracks the location and lock the phone remotely with a lockout message. It can also act as a police siren and takes selfies from anyone who unsuccessfully attempted to crack the password, record audio of any attempts, and send them to your email. AVG is free, installs in moments, and protects your device forever. A promise they have been faithful to, through the years.
Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus: This app doesn’t just scan new apps for malware; it also prevents newly-installed apps from accessing other programs. It has a built-in scanner for privacy meant for Facebook. It warns you if sensitive personal information is displaying in your profile settings. The premium version includes a malware blocker as well.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free: The app’s antivirus program is lightweight, but you have to schedule scans or run them manually. It also has advanced detection in place that monitors your behavior online and guards against any malware. It has an anti-fraud filtering system, password protection, and other identifiable information protection measures that prevent suspicious sites from further progressing in their cyberattack. And it has a lot of consumers and a community of experts that are available to discuss everything about tech and cybersecurity.
Avira Antivirus Security: This app doesn’t just scan files you download, it can also scan external storage such as your SD card. The feature, Identity Safeguard, checks if the email addresses in your contacts list have involved in any significant data breaches. A web-based management portal controls it. More frequent updates, better support, and automatic blocking of malicious websites are included in its premium version.
Avast Mobile Security: This app has many useful features like call blocker, firewall, and an anti-theft measure in the free version with supported ads. The premium version has an ‘in-app locking’ where your device will ask for a PIN, which prevents malware from launching apps.
AhnLab V3 Mobile Security: This app has very high detection rates for Android malware, and it also runs well even on older Android devices. The anti-malware features to search for vulnerabilities and warn if apps potentially leak sensitive personal information. This app comes with a free 10-day trial so you can test it out before making a purchase.
Orbot: Proxy with Tor: This app encrypts your internet traffic through Tor, which is free, open-network software that defends you against network surveillance.
NordVPN: Owning a VPN comes crucial when you are using public Wi-Fi or traveling. VPNs protect you from possible cyber threats and data breaches. It keeps your browsing safe and private as it keeps your internet under encryption.
Sophos: Free Antivirus and Security: This app does not have any adverts, but it does block websites with potentially spammy or illegal content. Sophos can alert you when apps that have harmful content installed. It also includes a handy QR code scanner, which is to set up secure Wi-Fi connections.
LastPass Password Manager: This app is a must-have as it allows you to save login credentials securely and safely. It generates passwords that are near impossible to decode for all your accounts, controlled with a master password. Upgrade by adding LastPass Authenticator for that added layer of security. The LastPass app can be used on different platforms and various devices. It has a free and a paid premium version for $12 a year.
Conclusion: Security Should be A Priority
It’s not just our desktop PCs and laptops that need security. Your smartphone needs superior protection too. It is like an extension of you, with your details and sensitive information like bank account details and passwords. It has your family’s pictures, access to office files, and contains countless correspondence both with your family, your work, or business, among others. That is why smartphones are in danger of high hacking risks, according to a Grant Thornton Report. With emerging technologies such as 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) going mainstream in the very near future, the speed of cyber-attacks would also rise together with the remarkable increase of data speed. This is precisely the reason why securing your precious device should come by default to you, at all times.
John Ocampos is an Opera Singer by profession and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the Founder of SEO-Guru and the Managing Director of Tech Hacker. John is also the Strategic SEO and Influencer Marketing Manager of Softvire Australia – the leading software eCommerce company in Australia and Softvire New Zealand.
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