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All You Need to Know About Android Security

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/20/2011

Alas the time has come that we need to make sure our Android phones are as protected as our computers -- the threat of malware and malicious apps is on the increase. Then there's the situation of what happens to your info should your phone get stolen. Here are all the apps you need to know about.

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    We take a look here at all the facts and apps you need to know about with regard to Android security. Whether it's viruses and malware you are concerned about, or the security of your phone in general -- what would you do if your phone got stolen? Fortunately there are some great phone locator apps that can help should you fall victim to this crime; they locate the phone, allow you to wipe the information, sound an alarm, and even take video of the criminal in some cases.

    With Android being the open platform that it is, unfortunately that does mean that you are statistically more at risk of a virus threat through a malicious app than an iPhone user would be, but do not fret as there are loads of options to keep you protected.

    And don't worry, we haven't forgotten about the use of password apps to protect your security too.

    So let's go protect that phone!

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