If you own a Smartphone, you should take steps to ensure that all of the data that goes into and through that phone is secure- especially if you are shopping or banking using your cell phone. Fortunately, Android is working on anti-virus apps that will protect your privacy, and your operating system from hackers and thieves. Here is some more information on how apps like AVG can give your phone more armor against thieves.
Browsing Security: One of the most common ways for hackers to target a phone is through an unsecured network. Unsecured networks are found in many public places where free wi-fi is available including coffee shops and airports. A good anti-virus app will protect your data, even when the network will not.
Android Virus Scan: Unfortunately, even a “secure” network can be hacked. A good anti-virus like AVG will constantly be working in the background to ensure that your phone is protected from malware with regular sweeps. If suspicious activity is discovered, you will be alerted of the issue- much in the same way that a computer based anti-virus would alert you if there was trouble during a scan.
Locking Your Apps and Device: You probably have a password on your phone to avoid casual snooping form friends and family, but if someone were to gain access to your operating system, they would be able to bypass the initial lock and get into your apps. This is exactly why some anti-virus apps come with an “app locking” feature which allows you to set passwords and avoid easy access.
Android anti-virus apps like AVG are available for download at no cost through Google Play. Once you have the app, make sure that you familiarize yourself with its safety features, and download any future updates to both the app and your phones operating system.