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8 must-have Android security apps

Brad Reed | March 8, 2011
While Android is a terrific operating system in many ways, it does pose some real risks for IT departments.

RAMINGHAM, 8 MARCH 2011 - While Android is a terrific operating system in many ways, it does pose some real risks for IT departments. Last week's revelation that Google had to remove around 50 malware-infected applications from its Android Market and had activated an Android app kill switch highlighted the downside of the company's "free love" approach to publishing applications where it will let anyone put their app on the market and will only take it down if alerted by a third-party user. The upside of this, of course, is that the market also offers a wide variety of quality security applications that can protect you from malicious apps. Here are eight Android applications that can help IT departments keep a better hold on employees' Android-based devices.


App: McAfee WaveSecure


Developer: McAfee


Price: Free


McAfee's WaveSecure app doesn't have any of the virus scans or firewall protection that the company is famous for, but it does have some important features such as the ability to remotely lock your phone and to wipe key data from it, the ability to back up and restore wiped data after a device has been secured, and the ability to track and map your device using GPS.


App: mSecure - Password Manager


Developer: MSeven Software


Price: $4.99

This app specializes in encrypting and storing important information and passwords, including bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, e-mail log-in passwords and more. The app utilizes 256-bit Blowfish encryption and has a password protection "hint" feature that asks you questions to help remember passwords. Additionally, the app features an automatic password generator that will help you create strong, secure passwords for new or existing accounts.


App: DroidDream Killer


Developer: Chris Ravenscroft


Price: Free


Here's a quickie solution if your Android device has been hit with the DroidDream malware. Essentially, the app acts as a "stop file" that instructs the DroidDream malware to not infect your device. Developer Chris Ravenscroft cautions that while he's been successful in using this application so far, "there is no guarantee that this particular piece of malware or another one will not change their behavior and start ignoring this file." So far the app has received glowing reviews from users, as it has received an average five-star rating on the Android Market. Even so, this should be seen as a quick patch and not a comprehensive security solution.


App: AppScan Beta

 

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