Mobile Security: 20 Great Android Apps
Mobile security is critical to any mobile management strategy, but it can be challenging to keep up with the multiple mobile operating systems and mobile devices being used in the work place. Now that mobile IT departments are seeing more Android devices trickle in to the office, it's time to shore up these smartphones and tablet PCs. One easy way to do this is by taking advantage of Android 2.2, or Froyo, which allows mobile apps to run in the background on a continuing basis while mobile office workers are doing their jobs. Here we outline 20 Android security mobile downloads. Thanks to the fact that the Android operating system allows for broader multitasking than the Apple iPhone OS, Android devices are able to support a wide range of mobile security functionality that runs in the background on an ongoing basis, such as automated backups and virus scanning. Still, its worth keeping in mind that the most essential security precautions for your Android device, like password-protecting the device itself and setting it to auto-lock after a specified period of time, dont require an app -- both of those features can be accessed within Settings -> Location & Security. And with the arrival of Android 2.2, Android devices now offer several unlock options, including a numeric PIN, a password or a graphical pattern (the last of which was recently found to be easily compromised, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania). If you want to take your devices password protection one step further, apps like App Protector Pro ($1.99), Carrot App Lock Pro ($1.50), Seal (2.19) and Android Protector (free) also allow you to password-protect applications on an individual basis.