According to the latest report by McAfee, malware growth on mobile devices has reached an all-time high. The 'McAfee Threats Report' for the fourth quarter of the last year says mobile malware threats have increased by 46 percent from the year before.
Till recently, security of Android and iOS-based devices as well as Blackberry mobile devices was not breached significantly while most breaches took place on devices running on Symbian and Windows. However, the recent reports of Trojan attack on Android devices have changed the security landscape.
The following are top ten security software that will keep mobile devices free of viruses, malware attacks, data breaches, dangerous apps and hordes of other dangers.
1. AVG Mobile Security
AVG Mobile Security offers cutting edge security software for Android users who can download the antivirus software on to the mobile devices or, alternatively, install it on the personal computer and scan the phone for viruses.
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AVG Technologies bought up Tel Aviv-based DroidSecurity, which exclusively focused on protecting smartphones, tablets and other devices running on the Google’s Android operating system. Through this acquisition AVG has extended the reach of its security software to smartphones running on Android.
AVG says more than 4.5 million Android mobile devices have downloaded DroidSecurity, making it one of the largest and fastest growing providers of anti-virus apps for the Android market.
The software can scan whole device and identify and remove viruses with a simple click as well as check website content, emails, and SMS for malware before downloading to device. It also Checks apps for malware before downloading from app stores.
Its theft protection features include locating lost or stolen device using GPS, creating and displaying message on screen remotely and locking device and wiping content.
2. Kaspersky Mobile Security
Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 protects smartphones from malware and network attacks by providing protection for the smartphone from harm, including real-time antimalware scans, automatic updates, blocking of dangerous network connections and the like.
Its main features include exclusive control over which of the contacts and phone numbers one wants to keep ‘private’,
helping locate a lost or stolen smartphone using the inbuilt GPS Find function, securing contacts, photos and files from unauthorized access, helping store all digital assets in encrypted folders and remotely block or wipe the smartphone if it’s lost or stolen.
3. ESET Mobile Security
ESET offers total protection for the Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones by fending off the latest malware and virus threats.
Its features include on-access and on-demand scanning, Intelligent Firewall, SMS/MMS Antispam, Remote Wipe, SIM Matching, Quarantine and Security Audit. Its enhanced security system deletes sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access to the data in case of loss or theft with the anti-theft system with remote.
The security audit function runs thorough on-demand or scheduled checks of all vital phone functions, including battery level, Bluetooth connectivity, device visibility, free disk space, and running processes, then take immediate action if required.
4. BullGuard Mobile Security
BullGuard gives a comprehensive mobile security suite that provides mobile antivirus protection, with state-of-the-art features to keep one safe online. It says it gives complete protection against viruses, spyware and digital fraud.
The suite has a web-based interface that provides remote access to the device if it gets lost or stolen, including lock, wipe, backup, SIM card protection, alarm, and GPS functions. Its mobile antivirus engine protects the phone data by real time detection and removal of viruses and spyware delivered via direct download, SMS, MMS, e-mail, Bluetooth, Infrared. It also has features like antitheft controls, parental control module, firewall module, spamfilter and backup module.
5. McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee Mobile Security for Enterprise is a centrally operated anti-malware system that scans and cleans mobile data, preventing corruption from viruses, worms, dialers, Trojans, and other malicious code.
Its complete mobile protection feature scans all types of files, including emails, text messages, photos, and videos on Microsoft Windows Mobile OS smartphones. Comprehensive anti-malware technology protects data transmitted via wireless carrier data networks, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and infrared communications. There are instant threat alerts and a simple, streamlined administration.
It offers to keep confidential corporate and customer information safe and secures corporate smartphones to avoid disruptions in mobile service and business communications.
6. Lookout Mobile security
Lookout says it is uniquely designed for mobile phone to protect against threats including malware, spyware and apps that violate privacy. "With a lightweight and efficient app, Lookout is always connected to ensure you have the most up-to-date, comprehensive protection at all times, automatically. Initiate real-time or scheduled security and privacy scans — it just works, and keeps working. Set it and forget it."
Lookout’s Privacy Advisor helps the user gain control of private information the phone by providing clear insight into which apps access private data. One can quickly review a list of all downloaded apps that access things like location, messages and personal information, as well as scan every app he or she download, to see what data it accesses. Lookout also remotely locks the phone from the web if it’s lost or stolen, so no one can access the phone but the owner.
7. F-Secure Mobile Security
F-Secure Mobile Security basically enables safe mobile web browsing and helps protect the contents of the smartphone. It also protects personal and confidential content from viruses and malware, safeguards identity online and locates the lost or stolen phone, or the person holding it.
8. Norton Smartphone Security
Norton Smartphone Security protects privacy and the personal information on Symbian, Microsoft Windows mobile devices. It stops hackers and prevents cybercriminals from stealing information or spying on the user when they are on public networks. It eliminates annoying text and multimedia spam messages. And it detects and removes viruses and other mobile threats before they can cause you problems. It protects against theft of private information, text and multimedia spam, cybercriminals and mobile threats.
9. Trend Micro Mobile Security
Trend Micro Mobile Security secures information against accidental loss, improves protection while reducing complexity, reduces administration with integrated management and maintains mobile worker productivity.
It offers two products to protect mobile devices: a standalone solution for consumers and small business, and a centrally managed solution for medium businesses and enterprises.
10. Dr. Web Mobile Security Suite
Dr. Web security software offers protection of mobile devices operated by Android, Symbian OS and Windows Mobile.
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