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8 must-have Android security apps

Brad Reed | March 8, 2011
While Android is a terrific operating system in many ways, it does pose some real risks for IT departments.

Developer: Aegislab

Price: Free

While DroidDream Killer is designed to help you deal with malware after it's already been installed, Aegislab's AppScan Beta is designed to stop you from ever downloading it in the first place. The application scans other apps on the Android Market and identifies any spyware or malware they may have on them by flagging them as "suspicious." It can also scan apps for any unwanted advertisements.

App: Antivirus Free

Developer: Creative Apps

Price: Free

This is a popular antivirus application that has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and has received an average rating of four-and-a-half stars from more than 12,000 users on the Android Market. It scans applications that you've already installed onto your device and cross checks them with its own reference database of known malicious applications. Essentially, it's good for detecting malicious applications that AppScan let slip through its fingers.

App: Titanium Backup PRO Key

Developer: Matrixrewriter

Price: $6.16

While mSecure Password Manager specializes in saving key financial and personal data, Titanium Backup aims to back up data for just about every application you have. You'll also be able to use this app for encryption, batch verification and application freezing. There's even an experimental "Bloatware Melter" that's designed to cut down programs that take up for too much space and memory.

App: Remote RDP Enterprise

Developer: Yongtao Wang

Price: $19.88

Here's a nifty remote desktop application for IT pros who want to troubleshoot company computers remotely through their Android smartphone or tablet. Features include bidirectional audio, TLS (SSL) encryption, support session auto-reconnect, zoom buttons, and mouse support. Developer Yongtao Wang says the application is optimal for tablets that have an external mouse and keyboard attached.

App: Advanced Task Killer

Developer: ReChild

Price: Free

This final application isn't really a security app per se, but it's certainly something IT departments will want people using company smartphones and tablets to have since it will help them save both memory and battery life on their devices. This way fewer people will send you trouble tickets reporting poor device performance because they've unknowingly left "Angry Birds" running for three straight weeks.


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