Security and your Smartphone

Created by Joe Nemastil on 2012-04-04

Viruses, data interception, malware and spyware have long been issues for computers and computer-based devices, and smartphones are no exception. The number of potential threats to your device increases each day. It is extremely important to be protected, even if you only use your phone for basic things such as making calls and checking email.


Lookout is an Android and iPhone app offering top antivirus protection, a "find my phone" program, and backup and restore features all with the free version of the app. If you upgrade to premium, additional features including Safe Browsing, Remote Lock & Wipe, Privacy Advisor, and Advanced Backup are available.


Webroot is another great app offering protection for Android and iOS devices. The Android version protects your device from malware, harmful websites, and personal information loss. The iOS version offers a feature rich web browser allowing you to confidently browse, shop and bank online.


This is a secure password manager/vault that is compatible with iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and Android. It will also sync with your Windows or Mac OS computer and has an automatic password generator feature. If you use passwords, this could be a good app for you.


If you discuss sensitive information over the phone, Kryptos is a necessity. Kryptos features Military Grade 256 bit encryption, 2048 bit RSA key exchange and 3G, 4G and WiFi compatibility. This is an end-to-end encryption solution, and must be installed on both phones (both sides of the call). Also check with your cellular carrier as additional fees may be imposed with this solution.

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