“OMFG!!! I’ve Been Hacked!?$?!”
I received that text from my GF last week, and all hell broke loose – literally and figuratively. My GF, who is a regularly relapsing Smartphone addict, has this habit of using her Samsung Galaxy for EVERYTHING – surfing, emails, texts, cloud, pics, financial info, social security numbers (parents, her, and mine), credit cards, etc… I don’t remember ever seeing her using an actual Computer – like a laptop or a desktop. So obviously, while surfing one of those shady-amazon-discount-coupon sites, her phone got jacked by a malware, which downloaded itself onto her phone. Thankfully, given the way the Android OS is designed, externals APKs require the explicit authorization of the user in order to begin installation. She wasn’t aware of this and freaked the fuck out.
I asked her to calm down and download the following Anti-Virus Apps from the Google Play store:
This Apps is one of the best Antivirus Apps for Android. It’s simple, fast, efficient, and most importantly, it gets the job done. For complete Antivirus protection – OS, Browser, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Financial Info, Shopping, etc… the CM Security App is an absolute must.
This is probably the most widely used Antivirus App by Android Users. It is robust, and has the ability to deal with a wide ranging array of Viruses and Malwares. The Lookout App is especially useful when you are an App junkie, and are constantly downloading and installing Apps from either the Google Play store or some external source. The Lookout App automatically scans the APKs (Packages and Code) of all Apps upon installation, in order to ensure that they are safe and pose no threat.
In my personal view, the above two Apps are an absolute MUST, and every Android user needs to have them installed on their Smartphones.
P.S: I will update this page periodically throughout the year to reflect any new additions to this list.