If you are looking for an Android security app to protect your phone or tablet then there are many choices available to you. And whilst I haven’t seen a ‘bad’ one yet, some are still better than others.
Today I am looking at TrustGo Mobile Security which is definitely one of the best ones and its free too!
This TrustGo security app is available in the usual way – via the Google Play store and can be installed in seconds.
Do make sure that you get it from the official store though as TrustGo themselves have recently highlighted the potential dangers with downloading security apps.
Once you have downloaded and installed the app (which is a very quick process indeed) you will need to create an account if you don’t already have one. This is simply a case of entering an email address along with a password.
Not only is this step compulsory, it is also highly useful as it allows you to backup all your contacts, phone logs and messages, amongst other things.
Once you have created your account and verified it via the email they send out you will be able to run the app. You’ll be welcomed by the screen above which gives access to the App Manager as well as the main security functions which are:
- Security Scanner
- System Manager
- Privacy Guard
- Data Backup
- Secure Web Browsing
The security scanner can be used either on demand or by scheduling on a weekly or monthly basis as well as initiating whenever you install a new app.
When used, the scanner will check all the apps you have stored on your phone as well as on any SD cards you may be using.
I found the scanner to be both quick and thorough where apps are concerned though there doesn’t seem to be any means of checking media or system files.
The system manager portion of the app will give you some useful information about your device such as how much batter power you have left, as well as an estimation of how long said power will keep your device running in certain scenarios.
You can also see how much memory you have left available which may be useful in identifying that you need to kill off some unused running apps.
Also you are given the opportunity to set a data limit which could be very useful for those of you who have a limited data plan. TrustGo will notify you when you have used 90% of the figure you enter here. You can refresh the settings on a regular basis, i.e. to coincide with your billing cycle.
Privacy Guard gives you an overview of the permissions that your apps have. This could be useful in identifying any apps that have more permissions than you feel comfortable with.
The data backup function is something which I found to be particularly appealing.
Many other Android security apps offer the ability to track your phone (if GPS is enabled) as well as sound an alarm, lock the device or wipe it and TrustGo is no different in this regard. This is certainly of some benefit should your phone be lost or stolen.
If you are unfortunate enough to have your device stolen then TrustGo have a new feature that may prove to be invaluable to you – Candid Camera. Now, all you have to do is remotely lock your stolen phone and then, if the password is entered incorrectly 3 times, your phone will take a photo and email it to you. If you are lucky this may identify the thief.
Additionally, however, this app also allows you to backup certain data to your online account:
- SMS messages
- Call history
I’m not so fussed about call history but having my contacts and SMS messages backed up is certainly a great feature for me.
Overall I was highly impressed with TrustGo’s Android security app. Its free, it doesn’t use much batter power or tax your resources very much, and it offers a wealth of useful features.
With so much competition in this market place I feel those companies who offer security apps need to offer something unique in order to stand out from the crowd and TrustGo does just that with the ability to back up your contacts, text messages and call logs.
I would have liked to see a system/media scanner included but otherwise I cannot fault this particular app at all.