Antivirus And Security Apps

  If you decide to get a security app for your mobile, here are some of the best free ones for phones that support the Android operating system, and some paid-for apps for iPhones.  Always be careful to check any software you put on your mobile is suitable and compatible with your existing set-up. No liability can be accepted for any individual problems caused by acting upon the information given.
AVG Mobilation Internet security stalwart AVG has a free version of its antivirus software for Android phones, to combat bugs and malware. AVG Mobilation also provides loss and theft protection as it has the ability to track and control your smartphone remotely if you should ever lose it.Available from the Android Market, it works on all versions of Android OS, v1.6 onwards.

Norton Mobile Security Norton’s put its security expertise into a new Android app called Mobile Security Lite, which protects your mobile from loss, theft and malware. Its automatic antivirus scans any apps you’ve downloaded as well as any app updates, and removes any security threats.You can also remotely place a security lock on your phone with a simple text message so thieves can’t access your info or run up your bill if your phone gets lost or stolen. Call blocking and text blocking features help you avoid spam too. It works on all versions of Android OS, v2.0 onwards.MOBILE SECURITY APPS FOR IPHONEApple’s iOS is pretty safe and secure, and there’s no known malware that’ll cause detrimental affect to your phone, though there’s been minor malware attacks in the past.

Graham Cluley of Sophos explains: “We have seen some iPhone malware – but it’s all been for jailbroken devices. Examples include the iKee worm, which changed your wallpaper to an image of Rick Astley, and the Duh worm which stole banking information.” But because of the restrictions Apple puts on the App Store, these attacks are very small, and often caught before an app is listed on the App Store.

However, iPhones can act as carriers to malware, bringing viruses to your computer without you knowing when you sync them up. Getting a malware scanning app will limit this, though the choice of security software for iPhones is smaller than that for Androids:

Trend smart surfing Available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, the Trend Micro Smart Surfing app protects you from web threats while browsing the internet on your device. Once downloaded it’ll block access to any URLs that are unsafe or malicious, and a notification will appear in the browser. It does this by quickly and invisibly checking the URL against a constantly updated Web Reputation database.It’s available free from Apple’s App Store, and works on phones with iOS v2.1 or higher.VirusBarrierVirus BarrierIntego’s Virus Barrier was the first antivirus and malware scanning app to be approved and listed on the App Store.

Unfortunately, unlike the Lookout Mobile Security app available for Androids, VirusBarrier can’t auto scan your file system or run scheduled checks – this is because of constraints with the iOS. However, instead when you receive an email attachment, you can hold down on that attachment and “Open in VirusBarrier” to scan for malware.

It’s a bit of a pain that it’s not automatic, but it can protect against anything malicious that is sent your way, including spyware, Trojan horses, adware, hacker tools, dialers and keyloggers. It costs £1.99 and is suitable for all iPhones running iOS 4.