It is perfectly normal for one to keep a back up data on their computer with things like external storage or cloud storage. More common is the security measures people take with their cars in case they get stolen or damaged insurance and security services can help recover it. With the ever increasing importance of the role that our smart phone’s play in our lives it seems natural to also back up the data we have stored on these devices. In the case that your phone is stolen, lost or damaged you would loose all the information stored on it. Personal data such as passwords you have stored on it, pictures or texts are no longer safe when various Trojan horses are running around in the form of apps and can easily be using your data and even phone. As was the case in Russia where a virus infecting a large number of phones, sent messages from the infected phone to premium numbers, the owner of the infected phone would only find out once they received their phone bill, which was naturally a very high price to pay.
Lookout Mobile Security
This is one of the apps in the Android market, from the many which you can use to ensure the safety of your phone and information. Lookout accounts and services are available in two options, their premium service and the free service. The free service offers a good range of features, this includes allowing an online back up of your data, a complete scan of your device for malware and a GPS feature to help locate your phone in the case that you loose it or it is stolen.
For a wider range of services Lookout charges an annual fee of $30, or a monthly $3, for their premium accounts. With the premium account you can add on remote locking and wiping capabilities to the free account services. Not only that but you also get enhanced back up and a Privacy advisor. The privacy advisor is a great tool to have, in that it tells you exactly what information the apps you have installed can access. This involves critical information such as location and identity information and tells you the possible risks of having such an app installed. The basic account is great for the services it offers though the additional features are pretty good for the price.
Norton Mobile Security Beta
Today on smartphone credit card numbers can also be part of the information that is stored on the device, together with emails and text messages. This means loosing your phone could even result in identity theft. There are ways around this for example putting in to play a lock pattern though in the past, there have been instances where this method fails. The Symantec Norton Mobile Security gives you the ability to remotely lock your device and wipe off clean all the information stored on it. The person who steals, or finds out, won’t even be able to shop in the Android market. Not only is your phone clean, but your sim can also be locked down so the person with the phone can’t swap it to another device. Furthermore Norton makes it possible to block all texts and calls. Scanning your device for any malware is also possible with this beta version. This version of the app is still in beta and will be till the end of this year, it is a free app and is an excellent option for those of you looking for a complete cell phone protection app.
Author Bio: James Clark has been in the business of providing quality information on Android Phone Tracking. His main experties lies within the spectrum of Android Spy Software which are making waves in the technology world today..