You know by now that hackers are after your information. On your computer, there are plenty of programs that help keep your info safe. Click here to for my recommended free options.
But hackers aren’t stopping there; their new target is smartphones. People use their mobile devices for everything from social networking to banking. That makes them tempting targets for hackers and thieves.
These apps can help stymie criminals.
Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) – Lookout is a free antivirus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It also protects your phone in the event it is lost or stolen.
You’ll be able to back up your contact data or find your phone using GPS location. This app lets you remotely wipe your phone and back up photos and call history.
avast! Mobile Security (Free; Android) – The same company that makes one of the best free antivirus suites for PCs provides protection for Android phones. avast! Mobile
Security can prevent many types of viruses and intrusions at no cost to you.
This program offers privacy reports, SMS and call filtering, anti-spyware and even a firewall. avast! also offers theft protection by disguising itself, establishing a list of trusted SIM cards and allowing remote settings changes.
Find My iPhone (Free; iOS) – Your iPhone isn’t just vulnerable to cyber attacks. Because of its size and value, it’s a vulnerable target for physical theft.