Smartphones have become such an important object in our lives that we now used them everywhere, at any time, and to perform all kinds of tasks. Therefore, and since we depend so much on our cell phones, it is important to keep them safe. Especially in the present time when we store so much sensitive information inside our devices: bank accounts, emails, photos, texts, private notes.
Nowadays it is a lot harder for hackers to infect our personal computers and especially smartphones with any form of malware.
Most users only download apps from the official store so they are completely safe (unless something goes very wrong) from installing malware apps since those stores (be it Apple’s App Store or the Google’s Play Store) analyze all the apps end-to-end before allowing them to be hosted for millions of users to download.
Combined with the fact that the vast majority of users are already familiar with the dangers of surfing the Internet, this makes it very complicated for malware to get into a phone system since there are almost no vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited.
People know exactly how to behave and which risks to avoid to keep their smartphone and all their data safe.
But if you are worried about the safety of your device or if for some reason you need to download applications that are not available in the Google’s Play Store (you can’t officially do this if you’re an iPhone or iPad user – that’s one of the reasons why iOS is generally considered to be so safer), there are a few ways to add an extra layer of protection to your smartphone.
Best anti-malware apps
The following apps are all capable of both preventing viruses and other malware to enter your smartphone’s system and of identifying and eliminating any threat that is currently slowing down your phone or stealing your data.
#1 – Avira
Avira’s mobile antivirus security offers two specific features that you may like. It scans both your phone’s internal and external memory (SD cards), and it tells you which of your applications are safe when it comes to dealing with your privacy, helping you decide if you want to allow them access to your personal information or not.
Besides, it can look at your personal contacts on a database to check if they were recently involved in a major data breach. This can be really useful – how many phishing emails, texts, and automatic online messages have you received from someone you know that had his computer or smartphone infected with malware?
#2 – Bitdefender
You probably already heard about Bitdefender. It’s a company that has been around for a long time in the internet security industry and that is held in high regard within the technology community.
Their mobile app is very lightweight, which means that it won’t have a visible impact on your device’s performance – mostly because it doesn’t run in the background as other apps do.
But that doesn’t make this app less effective: it scans every new app you install and offers real-time protection when you are browsing the web through Google Chrome.
And if you are a smartwatch user, Bitdefender has one cool feature for you: its WearOn technology will send an alert to your smartwatch if you forget your phone somewhere.
#3 – Trend Micro
Besides the usual security features such as malware detection and blocker, Trend Micro offers a few other useful tools. It prevents new apps from accessing and collecting data from other apps that you had previously installed and granted access to your personal information.
This is extremely useful if you want to keep your information private and only allow it for a handful of trusted software. Another great functionality is its privacy scanner for Facebook. The app analyses your profile to check if some delicate personal information is publicly accessible.
#4 – Norton Security
Just like Bitdefender, Norton Security has been in the internet security business for decades.
Its mobile app is one of the best when it comes to malware detection. One of its distinctive features is the ability to lock your smartphone by sending an SMS message, or if the SIM card is removed. This will please all the users that are paranoid with security.
#5 – Sophos
Sophos is another Antivirus that we decided to include on this list because it is the only which has a free version that doesn’t display any annoying ads. If you want to protect your smartphone without spending a dime, this is probably your best option.
Besides, you can take advantage of a few out-of-the-box features such as the one-time password generator and the QR code Wi-Fi scanner, which will indicate you if the network to which you are trying to connect your phone is secure.
#6 – Bonus
As a bonus, we will tell you about other apps that can protect your phone in different ways. By the end of this article, you will know how to completely secure your phone from any type of danger.
Telegram: advertised as the fastest instant messaging app on the market, Telegram is also a great option if you value your security. It is consensually considered to be much safer than other famous IM services such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger or Skype.
Secure Call: if you’re worried about someone listening to your phone calls, this app is for you. Secure Call will prevent third parties from listening to your conversations through anonymous, peer-to-peer, end-to-end encryption.
Bitwarden: you probably already have heard about how useful 1password is and how it makes your accounts a lot more secure. But there’s a subscription fee that may prevent you from using it. Don’t worry, we have a solution. Bitwarden is a free alternative that will help you manage and protect all your accounts and passwords.
Orbot: this app allows you to browse the web in complete anonymity. It encrypts your data several times before it reaches the network up to a point where it becomes almost impossible from being traced.
Applock: it keeps any app you want (photo gallery, social media, messages, etc.) password protected. You’ll never have to worry about leaving your phone unlocked around your kids or the some more curious friend.