Eight essential Android security apps
A DIY guide to securing Android-based devices
By Brad Reed | Network World US | Published: 16:00, 08 March 2011
While Android is a terrific operating system in many ways, it does pose some real risks for IT departments. Last week's revelation that Google had to remove around 50 malware-infected applications from its Android Market and had activated an Android app kill switch highlighted the downside of the company's "free love" approach to publishing applications, where it will let anyone put their app on the market and will only take it down if alerted by a third party user.
The upside of this, of course, is that the market also offers a wide variety of quality security applications that can protect you from malicious apps. Here are eight Android applications that can help IT departments keep a better hold on employees' Android-based devices.
McAfee's WaveSecure app doesn't have any of the virus scans or firewall protection that the company is famous for, but it does have some important features such as the ability to remotely lock your phone and to wipe key data from it, the ability to back up and restore wiped data after a device has been secured and the ability to track and map your device using GPS.