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4 apps to secure your tablet

Your new tablet is so convenient and functional! It's easy to forget that it's essentially just a portable computer. And like any other computer, it's vulnerable to viruses, hacking attempts and theft.

In fact, tablets may even be more vulnerable than standard desktop computers. Their relatively small size makes them a lot easier to walk off with.

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Fortunately, there are several effective apps for protecting your tablet from both digital and real-world threats. They're easy to install and can help keep your investment safe.

Lookout (Free; iOS, Android) - Lookout is a free anti-virus and anti-spyware app for mobile devices. It can also protect your tablet 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. Lookout for Android offers a premium version for $3 per month that will let you remotely wipe your device and back up photos and call history.

avast! Mobile Security (Free; Android) - The same company that makes one of the best free anti-virus suites for PCs also provides protection for Android tablets. avast Mobile Security can prevent many types of viruses and intrusions at no cost to you.

This program offers privacy reports, anti-spyware, network management, Web protection and even a firewall. avast! also offers theft protection, remote control and remote memory wipe.

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