Question by Windows100: Is the security software in Android a scam?
Is LookOut security software in Android is a scam? I heard in the reviews that some said it’s a scam and it’s difficult to remove., is that true? What is the best, safe, and effective security software for my Android 2.3?
Answer by Leopard F
Android is the most popular mobile OS in addition to iOS at the moment, but it’s one of the most insecure platform as well. A case in point is San Francisco based software vendor Coverity released a report last year saying that there were a huge number of bugs in Android kernel, among which 88 are high-risk defects. The latest is called Auth Token bug, security researchers have found that in Android 2.3.3 and earlier version there is an Auth Token leakage. When the user log onto a Wi-Fi network using Client Login, the Auth Token contains unencrypted password can be obtained by the hackers easily which put user private data at risk including Google Calendar, Google contacts, Twitter and Facebook account.
So it’s absolutely necessary for Android users to install security apps to protect their sensitive data. However, there are a wide range of them – some better than others, and all come with different feature. Here we introduce some best yet free security apps for Android phones.
Webroot Mobile Security Basic
Webroot is very popular among Android users. It comes in both paid and free versions. Paid version has more features, however their free versions covers some of the basic capabilitiy like block and remove malicious apps, protect contacts and passwords, call and SMS blocking and secure web browsing etc.
Lookout Mobile Security
Lookout is committed to mobile security, their security app for android lets you backup and restore your private data so you do not have to worry that any of them goes missing. It also scans your Android phone for malware to keep them out of your phone. In the meantime, Lookout releases a mobile lost and found app called Plan B. If you read my blog often, you will remember I introduced it in my previous post. Basically you can install it to your Android Smartphone and show its location on Google Maps.
Lookout mobile security comes in two versions, free and premium. Generally, the free version provides the basic security service for your phone and in most cases it’s good enough. You do not need to upgrade to the paid version until you need extra features.
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