Top Smart-Phone Security App

As the use of mobile devices keeps growing-both smart phones and tablets-the need to protect your information is becoming a bigger concern.

Most mobile devices run on Android systems, so Consumer Reports just tested more than a dozen apps designed to keep Android devices safe.

Solomon Nasser landed in the repair shop when he ran into trouble with his smart phone.

Nasser says, "It just basically stopped working."

The problems had also spread to his computer.

Nasser says, "Well, they both picked up a virus when I downloaded an app, a free app, from the Internet."

Consumer Reports just tested 16 Android security apps designed to keep your smart phone or tablet safe.

Dean Gallea of Consumer Reports says, "These apps protect you against online threats like viruses and malware, and they also help you, if your phone is lost or stolen, to remotely lock it or find it or wipe it."

Testers checked to see how well each app protects a user's privacy and also assessed extras the apps have to offer.

Gallea says, "We looked at the apps' ease of use and also their versatility, including such features as being able to back up your phone or parental controls."

While some of the apps cost as much as 40 dollars a year, you don't have to pay for good mobile protection.

Gallea says, "It turns out you can't go by price, because some of the best apps we tested were free, and some of the lower-rated ones were the most expensive ones."

In fact, one of the best is free. It's the Avast! Mobile Security and Antivirus app. It has nice features like parental controls, automatic backup, and an alarm you can activate if your device goes missing.

IPhones are less susceptible to viruses and malware because Apple's store is the only source for apps.

There have been few reports of any problems.

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