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Top 10 Android Security Apps Apps to Track Your Lost /Stolen Smart Phone

One of the biggest inconveniences in the modern age is losing your smart phone.

One of the biggest inconveniences in the modern age is losing your smart phone. Unlike in the past where we simply relied on personal computers to store heavy/crucial data, today’s smart phones are packed full of vital information. This makes android security apps vital for everyday use.

With the advantage of being portable and readily accessible, one annoying setback comes in—vulnerability to theft. Smart phone devices are capable of storing a wide array of data such as personal information, photos, contact information and even financial data. Any loss/unauthorized access to this data can be a major problem for users.

With all that in mind, imagine losing your smart phone to unknown thieves and having no android security apps. Third-party app developers have come up with many solutions to minimise the impact of losing your device. The majority of these apps also provide a way to track down and potentially recover your device.

Note that all these android security apps have varying features and capabilities. Some have the capability to trigger phone calls, take snapshots, and activate GPS while others are capable of wiping your phone’s data entirely to avoid a further security breach.

1. 360 Security

360 security has three killer features, an effective speed booster & smart cleaner, a smart battery saver and a virus remover. Its the most feature full app on our list with the capacity to ring your phone, erase all data, lock your phone as well as offer malware protection..

Boasting over 200 million users and an average rating of 4.6/5 its well used and trusted.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 16,617,723
Average Rating: 4.6/5
Price: Free to install, in-app purchases for upgrades.

2. Where’s my Droid

Developed by Alienman Tech, Where’s My Droid is a reliable app that aids in locating your lost device within a short time. Claiming to be the first find your phone app for Android it has a raft of features including an intelligent auto-theft detection feature.

Like many of the apps on this list it allows you to send a code to your lost Android device making it ring (even in silent mode). You can also opt to send text messages to your lost device in a bid to get GPS coordinates.

If there’s an internet connection, you can remotely connect your lost phone using the commander option to take photos of the perpetrators. You can also reset passwords or simply wipe away your data for security reasons.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 107,023
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free to install, in-app purchases for upgrades.

3. Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus

Bitdefender is a full suite of security products that offer protection against malware, spyware, trojans among other exploits. Have you lost your device or just misplaced it? There’s nothing to worry about. Simply send SMS commands and wait for the app to locate your phone. Designed with an extra layer of intelligent protection features, this app secures your most vital data from any form of misuse or prying eyes.

Rated as the Best Android Security Product in 2015 and 2016 by AV-TEST, the independent IT-Security Institute.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 108,909
Average Rating: 4.5/5
Price: 14 day free trial

4. Lookout Security and Antivirus

The Lookout Security and Antivirus app not only protects your device from theft but also from possible malware and virus. With the help of the www.lookout.com, all you need to do is search for your lost device using the Google map. When you locate your lost phone, one has the option of remote ringing it loud and scanning for contacts. This app has an intelligent backup restore function and is very difficult to locate in case a “clever full” thief thinks of reinstalling it from the system.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 944,354
Average Rating: 4.4/5
Price: Free to install, in-app purchases for upgrades.

5. Find My Device

Google’s own Find my Device App is the new and improved Android Device Manager. Listed among the most well reviewed Android apps its an obvious place to start for securing your device. This security app works with your Google account to locate your device as well as secure your personal data from any misuse.

This app is capable of resetting your device’s Lock screen, can erase all data or simply show a message on screen. If you’ve lost your phone close by then it can play a sound to help you locate it.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 472,410
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Price: Free

6. Cerberus Anti-Theft

Next, we have the Cerberus Anti Theft app. This app offers a one-week free trial after which allows you to purchase the pro version for an affordable price. It allows you to remote control your device using the website www.cerberusapp.com.  The app gives you a chance to monitor your lost device using text messages while still monitoring SIM cards that are being inserted into your device.

If you can’t locate your device, this app will keep potential perpetrators on their toes by setting loud alarms, resetting passwords and erasing your phone’s memory both internal and SD card.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 102,446
Average Rating: 4.3/5
Price: 7 day free trial

7. Lost Droid

Lost Droid allows you to remotely control your phone through its website and has advanced controls for locking/unlock, wiping an SD card or phone all through SMS. Developed by Theis Borg, the app is free to install and has various upgrade options.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 69,872
Average Rating: 4.2/5
Price: Free to install, in-app purchases for upgrades.

8. Prey Anti Theft

My personal favourite, Prey Anti Theft is another app that protects your Android phone from possible theft. Locating your device is very simple and only requires you to send a text message with the code “GO PREY”. The app will detect your phone as missing and will send you detailed notifications of your phone’s current location.

In addition to that, this app will take snapshots of its current location using both front and rear cameras. You can opt to activate alarms, secure your data online or simply lock your device. Removing prey anti theft from your device requires a  secret password to be entered.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 58,772
Average Rating: 4.2/5
Price: Free or 3 devices

9. Seek Droid

The Seek Droid app and the help of it’s website—www.seekdroid.com allows users to get location coordinates of the lost phone easily. If your Android device has no active internet connection, you can opt to use SMS activation. This allows you to send ring alerts, lock your phone, and wipe all data remotely to avoid any data breach.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 5,103
Average Rating: 3.9/5
Price: Free

10. Find Stolen / Lost Mobile

Find Lost Phone is multi-purpose Anti-theft, phone tracker, and navigational application. With one single application Find Lost Phone, you can find your stolen or misplaced mobile phone, track your friends and family members and navigate without the internet. It is a user-friendly application that is going to keep your phone saved and protected.

Google Play Store Stats
Reviews: 1,921
Average Rating: 3.9/5
Price: Free

To Conclude on the top 10 android security apps…

With this list of top 10 android security apps at your disposal, you have no excuse not to prepare yourself for the worst. Use our list to select an appropriate android security app preventing you from further stress if you lose your device or have it stolen!

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Bots try to break the internet, and other trends for 2019

From the largest DDoS attacks ever seen and record-breaking numbers of data breaches, to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, 2018 will be remembered as an extraordinary year for the cybersecurity industry. With hackers developing increasingly sophisticated ways to attack enterprises every day, one of the most important lessons from this…


From the largest DDoS attacks ever seen and record-breaking numbers of data breaches, to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May, 2018 will be remembered as an extraordinary year for the cybersecurity industry. 

With hackers developing increasingly sophisticated ways to attack enterprises every day, one of the most important lessons from this year is how crucial it is to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals at all times. In order to continuously protect company and customer data, businesses need to have an understanding of not only cybersecurity threats now, but also in the far future.  

Although no one can say for certain what 2019 will bring, we can look to the past to understand the trends of tomorrow. As technology has evolved, it’s been accompanied by smarter, more malicious and much harder to detect threats. With the ever-increasing intelligence of bots, the increasing complexity of clouds and rising IoT risks, as well as the impact of data regulations, cybersecurity will dominate boardroom conversations. 

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With this in mind, here are eight trends that will make the year ahead as turbulent as the one just passed:

Cyber-attacks will grow – and go slow 

Organisations will see an increase in cyberattacks but these will be “low and slow”, rather than “noisy” incidents such as DDoS attacks. Launched by botnets, “low and slow” attacks aim to remain under the radar for as long as possible, to steal as much data as they can. 

Often these take the form of credential stuffing attacks, where stolen credentials are used to access associated accounts and steal further personal data such as addresses and payment details. 

To protect themselves, businesses will need to adopt bot management solutions, which identify, categorise and respond to different bot types. The technology uses behaviour-based bot detection and continuous threat analysis to distinguish people from bots. 

Image Credit: iStockPhoto

Image Credit: iStockPhoto

Bots will overtake human web traffic 

As bots become more sophisticated, they will be responsible for more than 50% of web traffic. Already, Akamai has found that43% of all login attemptscome from malicious botnets – and this is set to increase as credential stuffing and “low and slow” attacks grow in popularity. 

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LG hints at gesture interface for smartphone flagship next month

LG has put out a gesture-heavy hint ahead of the annual unveiling of new smartphone hardware at the world’s biggest mobile confab, Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in a month’s time. The brief video teaser for its forthcoming MWC press event in Barcelona, which was shared today via LG’s social media channels, shows a…


LGhas put out a gesture-heavy hint ahead of the annual unveiling of new smartphone hardware at the world’s biggest mobile confab, Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in a month’s time.

The brief video teaser for its forthcoming MWC press event in Barcelona, which was shared today via LG’s social media channels, shows a man’s hand swiping to change on-screen content, including the message “goodbye touch.”

The title of LG’s teaser video includes the name “LG Premiere,” which could be the name of the forthcoming flagship — albeit that would be confusingly similar to the mid-tier LG Premier of yore. So, hopefully the company is going to make that last ‘e’ really count.

Beyond some very unsubtle magic wand sound effects to draw extra attention to the contactless gestures, the video offers very little to go on. But we’reprettysureLG is not about to pivot away from touchscreens entirely.

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The facts about Facebook

This is a critical reading of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s article in the WSJ on Thursday, also entitled The Facts About Facebook.  Yes Mark, you’re right; Facebook turns 15 next month. What a long time you’ve been in the social media business! We’re curious as to whether you’ve also been keeping count of how many times…


This is a criticalreading of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s article in the WSJ on Thursday, also entitled The Facts About Facebook. 

Yes Mark, you’re right; Facebookturns 15 next month. What a long time you’ve been in the social media business! We’re curious as to whether you’ve also been keeping count of how many times you’ve been forced to apologize for breaching people’s trust or, well, otherwise royally messing up over the years.

It’s also true you weren’t setting out to build “a global company”. The predecessor to Facebook was a ‘hot or not’ game called ‘FaceMash’ that you hacked together while drinking beer in your Harvard dormroom. Your late night brainwave was to get fellow students to rate each others’ attractiveness — and you weren’t at all put off by not being in possession of the necessary photo data to do this. You just took it; hacking into the college’s online facebooks and grabbing people’s selfies without permission.

Blogging about what you were doing as you did it, you wrote: “I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of some farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.” Just in case there was any doubt as to the ugly nature of your intention. 

The seeds of Facebook’s global business were thus sown in a crude and consentless game of clickbait whose idea titillated you so much you thought nothing of breaching security, privacy, copyright and decency norms just to grab a few eyeballs.

So while you may not haveinstantlyunderstood how potent this ‘outrageous and divisive’ eyeball-grabbing content tactic would turn out to be — oh hai future global scale! — the core DNA of Facebook’s business sits in that frat boy discovery where your eureka Internet moment was finding you could win the attention jackpot by pitting people against each other.

Pretty quickly you also realized you could exploit and commercialize human one-upmanship — gotta catch em all friend lists! popularity poke wars! — and stick a badge on the resulting activity, dubbing it ‘social’.

FaceMash was antisocial, though. And the unpleasant flipside that can clearly flow from ‘social’ platforms is something you continue not being nearly honest nor open enough about. Whether it’s political disinformation, hate speech or bullying, the individual and societal impacts of maliciously minded content shared and amplified using massively mainstream tools you control is now impossible to ignore.

Yet you prefer to play down these human impacts; as a “crazy idea”, or by implying that ‘a little’ amplified human nastiness is the necessary cost of being in the big multinational business of connecting everyone and ‘socializing’ everything.

But did you ask the father of 14-year-old Molly Russell, a British schoolgirl who took her own life in 2017, whether he’s okay with your growth vs controls trade-off? “I have no doubt that Instagram helped kill my daughter,” said Russell in an interview with the BBC this week.

After her death, Molly’s parents found she had been following accounts on Instagram that were sharing graphic material related to self-harming and suicide, including some accounts that actively encourage people to cut themselves. “We didn’t know that anything like that could possibly exist on a platform like Instagram,” said Russell.

Without a human editor in the mix, your algorithmic recommendations are blind to risk and suffering. Built for global scale, they get on with the expansionist goal of maximizing clicks and views by serving more of the same sticky stuff. And more extreme versions of things users show an interest in to keep the eyeballs engaged.

So when you write about making services that “billions” of “people around the world love and use” forgive us for thinking that sounds horribly glib. The scales of suffering don’t sum like that. If your entertainment product has whipped upgenocideanywhere in the world — as the UN said Facebook did in Myanmar — it’s failing regardless of the proportion of users who are having their time pleasantly wasted on and by Facebook.

And if your algorithms can’t incorporate basic checks and safeguards so they don’t accidentally encourage vulnerable teens to commit suicide you really don’t deserve to be in any consumer-facing business at all.

Yet your article shows no sign you’ve been reflecting on the kinds of human tragedies that don’t just play out on your platform but can be an emergent property of your targeting algorithms.

You focus instead on what you call “clear benefits to this business model”.

The benefits to Facebook’s business are certainly clear. You have the billions in quarterly revenue to stand that up. But what about the costs to the rest of us? Human costs are harder to quantify but you don’t even sound like you’re trying.

You do write that you’ve heard “many questions” about Facebook’s business model. Which is most certainly true but once again you’re playing down the level of political and societal concern about how your platform operates (and how you operate your platform) — deflecting and reframing what Facebook is to cast your ad business a form of quasi philanthropy; a comfortable discussion topic and self-serving idea you’d much prefer we were all sold on.

It’s also hard to shake the feeling that your phrasing at this point is intended as a bit of an in-joke for Facebook staffers — to smirk at the ‘dumb politicians’ who don’t even know how Facebook makes money.

Y’know, like you smirked…

Then you write that you want to explain how Facebook operates. But, thing is, you don’t explain — you distract, deflect, equivocate and mislead, which has been your business’ strategy through many months of scandal (that and worst tactics — such as paying a PR firm that used oppo research tactics to discredit Facebook critics with smears).

Dodging is another special power; such as how you dodged repeat requests from international parliamentarians to be held accountable for major data misuse and security breaches.

The Zuckerberg ‘open letter’ mansplain, which typically runs to thousands of blame-shifting words, is another standard issue production from the Facebook reputation crisis management toolbox.

And here you are again, ironically enough, mansplaining in a newspaper; an industry that your platform has worked keenly to gut and usurp, hungry to supplant editorially guided journalism with the moral vacuum of algorithmically geared space-filler which, left unchecked, has been shown, time and again, lifting divisive and damaging content into public view.

The latest Zuckerberg screed has nothing new to say. It’s pure spin. We’ve read scores of self-serving Facebook apologias over the years and can confirm Facebook’s founder has made a very tedious art of selling abject failure as some kind of heroic lack of perfection.

But the spin has been going on for far, far too long. Fifteen years, as you remind us. Yet given that hefty record it’s little wonder you’re moved to pen again — imagining that another word blast is all it’ll take for the silly politicians to fall in line.

Thing is, no one is asking Facebook for perfection, Mark. We’re looking for signs that you and your company have a moral compass. Because the opposite appears to be true. (Or as one UK parliamentarian put it to your CTO last year: “I remain to be convinced that your company has integrity”.)

Facebook has scaled to such an unprecedented, global size exactly because it has no editorial values. And you say again now you want to be all things to all men. Put another way that me

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The social layer is ironically key to Bitcoin’s security

A funny thing happened in the second half of 2018. At some moment, all the people active in crypto looked around and realized there weren’t very many of us. The friends we’d convinced during the last holiday season were no longer speaking to us. They had stopped checking their Coinbase accounts. The tide had gone…


A funny thing happened in the second half of 2018. At some moment, all the people active in crypto looked around and realized there weren’t very many of us. The friends we’d convinced during the last holiday season were no longer speaking to us. They had stopped checking their Coinbase accounts. The tide had gone out from the beach. Tokens and blockchains were supposed to change the world; how come nobody was using them?

In most cases, still, nobodyisusing them. In this respect, many crypto projects have succeeded admirably. Cryptocurrency’s appeal is understood by many as freedom from human fallibility. There is no central banker, playing politics with the money supply. There is no lawyer, overseeing the contract. Sometimes it feels like crypto developers adopted the defense mechanism of the skunk. It’s working: they are succeeding at keeping people away.

Some now acknowledge the need for human users, the so-called “social layer,” of Bitcoinand other crypto networks. That human component is still regarded as its weakest link. I’m writing to propose that crypto’s human component is its strongest link. For the builders of crypto networks, how to attract the right users is a question that should come before how to defend against attackers (aka, the wrong users). Contrary to what you might hear on Twitter, when evaluating a crypto network, the demographics and ideologies of its users do matter. They

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