Android Privacy Apps To Improve Your Mobile Security

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Android privacy apps for your mobile device.

If you have a computer then you probably have some type of antivirus software installed or security program that you use to protect your operating system from hackers, not to mention identity theft.

But what about your smartphone. How are you protecting yourself on your Android device? Unfortunately, the increase in mobile malware targeting Android devices went up 614% from March 2012 to March 2013 and that means Android users need to take preventative measures to mitigate the threat.

Making your Android device secure doesn’t have to be complicated. Using a combination of different Android privacy apps to tackle security from multiple fronts will boost protection on your device. Here’s a round-up of some basic areas and apps to get things started.

AVG Antivirus

The Android privacy app Antivirus AVG scans for malware.

AVG Antivirus is real-time antivirus and anti-theft protection for Android devices. It main purpose is to protect you from harmful spyware, viruses, malware and that can infiltrate your private data. AVG Antivirus can lock your phone and wipe your device to protect your data (handy if you lose it), and it can find your device if by location if you ever lose or misplace it (no need to wipe the data).

SmartApp Lock

Use the SmartApp Lock Android privacy app to prevent unauthorized app use.

Think of SmartApp Lock like a mobile version of your desktop screen lock. This app can be used to lock just about anything on your Android device. Lock Google Play to prevent unauthorized purchases (think kids and Angry Birds), lock social media accounts to deter fake postings (think friends and pranks), lock SMS, contacts and more.

Clueful Privacy Advisor

Clueful Privacy Advisor by BitDefender is an Android privacy app that tracks app use.

Love downloading and installing new apps? Then you need BitDefender’s Clueful Privacy Advisor app. Clueful Privacy Advisor identifies what an app is doing and compares it to what an app should be doing. Through an extensive database, Clueful is able to spot apps that may leak your device ID to advertising networks or saving your contacts to an app developer’s server or exercising other unwanted sneaky behavior.

RedPhone

With the Android privacy app Redphone you can make secure calls.

Eavesdropping and conversation recording isn’t just something from a 1960s spy movie. Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA monitoring occurring and it appears to be without boundary. By using RedPhone you can encrypt your communications for secure conversations. Unfortunately, the app only works when it identifies that your contact is also using RedPhone.

ChatSecure

The ChatSecure Android privacy app helps protect your text messages for prying eyes.

Formerly known as Gibberbot, Chat Secure prevents encrypts chats to prevent third parties from intercepting your messages. Regardless of the chat tool that your friends, family or coworkers use ChatSecure is cross compatible and works to keep your messages 100% private.

Using some or all of the suggested Android apps above can help with securing your privacy. As a final parting thought and recommendation, you should try to avoid any third-party app stores too. Downloading from Google Play adds an extra layer of protection because of the security systems and protocols that are in place for developers to follow.

We have no commercial relationships with any of the vendors discussed in this blog, and disclaim responsibility for them and their goods and services.

Photo Credit: Malte Ahrens via CC

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.