Today, many peo­ple use their Android, iOS, and Win­dows smart­phones and tablets to accom­plish the same things they used their PCs for. They use their mobile devices for social net­work­ing, research, bank­ing, and every­thing in between, which means that a lot of their per­son­al and finan­cial infor­ma­tion is stored in those devices.

Just like there are many pro­grams to keep your per­son­al infor­ma­tion safe on PCs, there are also cer­tain apps that can help you pro­tect your gad­gets from thieves and hack­ers. Top secu­ri­ty apps for your smart­phone include:

1. Snap Secure

Avail­able on iOS, Android, and Win­dows plat­forms, this app can auto­mat­i­cal­ly and secure­ly back up your phone data to your online account so you can access it when you need to restore or trans­fer your data to a new device. The app comes equipped with anti-virus and anti-spy­ware pro­tec­tion, so you can scan all new appli­ca­tions for mal­ware before instal­la­tion.

The app also offers a call-block­ing fea­ture so you can block unknown num­bers, unwant­ed SMS mes­sages on Android and unwant­ed emails on Black­Ber­ry devices. The Pri­va­cy Man­ag­er has an anti-theft and loca­tion track­er, as well as a Per­son­al Guardian fea­ture that lets you silent­ly send an SMS mes­sage, tweet, or email along with your loca­tion in the event of an emer­gency. Most of the bet­ter fea­tures are pre­mi­um for $3.99/month or $17.99/year.

2. McAfee WaveSe­cure

A renowned PC pro­gram, McAfee has also cre­at­ed a fan­tas­tic mobile secu­ri­ty app for Android, iOS, Win­dows, Black­Ber­ry, Java, and Sym­bian devices. It includes the stan­dard fea­tures of a secu­ri­ty app, includ­ing data back­up and restora­tion, remote wip­ing and lock­ing, and SIM and loca­tion track­ing.

This app lets you back­up your con­tacts, pho­tos, and videos, plus the track­ing fea­tures plots sev­er­al loca­tions on a map so you can see the vicin­i­ty of your lost device. The track­ing fea­ture is not depen­dent on GPS. For this app, you must part with $19.99/year for all devices.

3. Look­out

This is a free app for both Android and iOS plat­forms. It pro­vides 24/7 pro­tec­tion from mobile threats such as mali­cious apps, unse­cured Wi-Fi net­works, fraud­u­lent links, and oth­er such issues. The app has oth­er fea­tures that allow you to back­up your con­tacts fre­quent­ly (sched­uled auto­mat­ic update), which you can access online in the event of data loss or a crash and you need to restore your device.

If you lose your phone, you can acti­vate an alarm even if the phone is silent, and locate it on Google maps, even if GPS is not acti­vat­ed. The pre­mi­um option goes for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

These are just some of the top apps that you can use to pro­tect your smart­phone. There are much more, though some are spe­cif­ic to the oper­at­ing device, so you need to find one that is com­pat­i­ble with your phone. In any case, you can have peace of mind wher­ev­er you go that your data is pro­tect­ed.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.