Google’s Nexus 6 smartphone is one of the most highly-anticipated devices currently due out, winning plaudits for its smooth design and excellent features. But despite all the up-to-date technology in the phone, many users will still neglect to adequately protect it from malicious threats. Mobile malware is a growing menace, exploiting the often-leaky factory Android software to gain access to personal data.
So how can you ensure you stay safe when going online with your mobile? Here are five of the best antivirus services around at the moment.
One of the most familiar names in antivirus protection, Avast!’s free mobile service provides an extensive list of services to ensure your smartphone remains safe. This includes a Web Shield to block access to malware-infected websites, remote tracking and control services, and the ability to restrict access to certain apps, which can only be unlocked via a PIN number or gesture.
Silent Circle (Silent Phone/Silent Text/Silent Contacts)
One of the most eye-catching security firms around at the moment, Silent Circle enable encrypted mobile phone calls, e-mail, text messaging, and video chat. It currently provides three eponymous services covering phone calls, texts and contact lists, ensuring that your content remains protected.
One of the most popular antivirus apps around at the moment, Qihoo 360 also offers the ability to monitor and clean up any apps running in the background, meaning your device will run faster and smoother. The app also offers real-time monitoring of any new downloads or installations and can also block unwanted calls.
Lookout Security & Antivirus
Lookout’s app includes several neat tricks in order to provide users with extra security. This includes Signal Flare, which records your phone’s last known location if the battery dies, and will use the front camera to take a photo of anyone attempting to access your phone following three failed log-in attempts. The paid ‘Premium’ version gives you 2GB of cloud storage so that you can back up your photos, notes, and contacts.
Zoner provides several special services concerning SMS/MMS messages, allowing users to block unwanted texts or videos. Its Theft Protection service enables users to remotely control and locate their device via SMS messages, and also provides the ability to assign an alarm to sound if lost. Users will also receive a notification if the SIM card in their device gets changed to prevent theft.