What would you do if you ever misplace your phone or if in the worst case it gets stolen? How would you protect your data linked to your personal account from getting manhandled?  You can start by installing some form of security for your device. With all of the mobile apps readily available for use, there’s really no excuse for not giving your phone ample protection. Let’s take a look at some of the best tools available for protecting your smartphone.

Android Lost

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Android Lost lets you remotely control your phone via internet or SMS. You can read, sent and receive SMS messages on your phone remotely. Safety features include remotely erasing SD card, wiping phone, locating phone via GPS or network and also starting alarm with flashing screen. The best part is the ability to install this app even after the phone is lost remotely.

The app has garnered more than 1 million downloads and an average user rating of 4.3 stars. Other features include recording sound, clicking pictures and controlling Wi-Fi, data connection via SMS. The app is a powerful app and offers a host of features other than just locating your phone.

Android Device Manager

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Android Device Manager is a security app to protect your stolen phone and its data. The app is a product of Google so you can be sure about the quality of the app. The app performs the basic function of remotely locating and erasing your lost phone. You can track all your Android devices that are linked to your Google account.

The app has more than 1 million downloads and more than 80,000 users have rated it as a 5 star app. Android Device Manager though does not include the SMS feature where you can control you phone via SMS. But yes you can reset your smartphone’s lock pin and erase all your data on your phone.

Mobile Security & Antivirus by ESET

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Mobile Security & Antivirus by ESET is a security cum antivirus app. It offers a host of features like on demand scanner, scanning of downloaded files and apps when opened and also anti-theft feature. The app has more than 1 million downloads and an impressive rating of more than 4.6 stars.

The anti-theft feature includes finding, locking and wiping data via SMS. You can visit eset.com and monitor your device’s activity. Locate your smartphone on a map and even see pictures of a device finder taken by the camera. You will be notified when an unauthorized sim card is inserted in your phone. These proactive anti-theft features are free for 30 days only and you have to pay the fees to utilize this premium service.

Mobile Antivirus & security by Avast

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Mobile Antivirus & security by Avast is an award winning app that works as an antivirus and also as a security app. You can locate your misplaced or lost phone via web interface. You can lock, initiate a phone call, SMS, wipe data, take picture, record audio and you can do this remotely.

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There are two modes available for installation available one is the normal mode and other is the advanced installation mode. The advanced installation mode is for the rooted device. You can choose a custom name to disguise this app and also it adds in the remote reboot feature. The app is available in more than 20 languages. The app has more than 50 million downloads and an impressive rating of 4.4 stars.

Lookout Security & Antivirus

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Lookout Security & Antivirus is one of the most popular security apps. It has more than 50 million downloads with an average rating of 4.5 stars. The app has a built in antivirus to protect from Trojans, virus and other malware. The app has a locate and scream function which sounds an alarm even when it is in silent mode.

The app has a very innovative feature of signal flare which saves the device location when the battery turns low. Other features of remote wipe, remote lock and lock cam are also inbuilt in the app. The lock cam snaps up the pic of anyone who enters the wrong pin. The app supports 9 different languages which is the icing on the top.

Other Similar Apps

Other apps who fulfill the same criteria are Mobile Security & Antivirus by Trend Micro, Quick Heal Mobile Security Free and Kaspersky Internet Security.

Conclusion

These security apps are sure to add another wall of defense to your smartphones. They are all well equipped with all the tools required to do the job in case of theft. These apps have made it possible to remotely control your phone and also locate it. Installing any one of these apps will help you feel more secure about the data on your phone. It is recommended that you should empower your phone by installing any one of these apps.