Locking Down Your Smartphone PDF Print E-mail

Most smartphone users have quite an amount of personal information in their handsets. Most Android phones have photos, phone contacts, messages, Facebook accounts, Twitter and the like. All this is valuable to the users and criminals target them in an attempt to compromise their security and obtain personal information for malicious use. As a result of all this, android phones are hit with Trojan horses and other types of malware.

The security of phones is not considered as important as that of a computer and to make matters worse the mobile malware is still in its early stages so one may be unaware when it strikes. Users of smartphones are highly recommended to download a security app which can protect them from cyber criminals and other malicious attacks and while most of these security apps are usually accessible free of charge.

Installing an antivirus program is the first step you need to take. It comes with features like remote wipe which helps you securely remove all data stored on your phone in case of loss. It also supports the GPS tracking for finding it if stolen or misplaced and SMS spam blocking to filter the incoming emails. Scanning for malware is of course the primary responsibility of the antivirus.

One of the popular and free applications is called "Lookout Mobile Security". It scans automatically the new applications you install on your phone and any existing malware threats. The ones that are not for free and need subscription to access include Symantec Norton Mobile Security (beta version), AVG Antivirus and McAfee wave secure.

iPhone owners need not to worry about malware since Apple is strict on what is on sale at their app stores. However, you never know what might come up along the way so security for your phone is mandatory.

One of the mobile security apps from Apple is called Find my iPhone as part of iCloud services. It offers tracking and remote- wipe service. This is offered to any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch owner free of charge. This app can lock and remotely delete information saved in your smartphone. The GPS can track it, set a pass code remotely and locate it anywhere around or inside the house by displaying an on screen message with an alarm sound.