Mobile Security - Android Security Tools


In this chapter, we will discuss android security tools mainly those that are meant for protection from malware installation and downloads.

DroidSheep Guard

DroidSheep Guard monitors your phone's ARP-Table and it warns you through pop-up alerts, in case it detects malicious entries. It can instantly disable a Wi-Fi connection to protect your accounts. This can guard against all ARP-based attacks, such as DroidSheep and Faceniff, man-in-middle attacks, handmade attacks, etc. You can use Facebook, eBay, Twitter, and Linkedln accounts on public Wi-Fi securely. To download DroidSheep Guard, go to


TrustGo Mobile Security and Sophos Mobile Security

This is one of the best free security antivirus and it can be downloaded through Google Play. TrustGo provides the usual slate of anti-theft tools along with malware protection and an interesting app certification system, giving you information about apps before you download them. Its official webpage is



Using up-to-the-minute intelligence from SophosLabs, it automatically scans apps as you install them. This anti-virus functionality helps you avoid undesirable software, which can lead to data loss and unexpected costs. It also protects your device from attacks via USSD or other special codes.

If your device is lost or stolen, a remote lock or wipe will shield your personal information. This can be downloaded from the following Google Play link −

Its official webpage is −


360 Security and Avira Antivirus Security

Trusted by 200 million users, 360 Security is the only all-in-one speed booster and antivirus app that optimizes your background apps, memory space, junk(cache) files, and battery power, while keeping your device safe from virus and Trojan. It can be downloaded

Avira Antivirus

Avira Antivirus Security for Android is another antivirus that can be downloaded from

It has the following features −

  • Shields your devices (smartphones, tablets, phablets) from malware.
  • Locates your lost or stolen phone.
  • Protects your private data (photos, SMS, etc.) from theft.
  • Monitors how each app collects sensitive data.
  • Blocks unauthorized access to other applications installed on your device.
  • Lights on system resources, to help save battery power.

Android Vulnerability Scanner: X-Ray

X-Ray scans your Android device to determine if there are vulnerabilities that remain unpatched by your carrier. It presents you with a list of vulnerabilities that it is able to identify and allows you to check for the occurrence of vulnerabilities on your device. This is automatically updated with the ability to scan for new vulnerabilities as they are discovered and disclosed.

X-Ray has detailed information about a class of vulnerabilities known as privilege escalation vulnerabilities. Such vulnerabilities can be exploited by a malicious application to gain root privileges on a device and perform actions that would normally be restricted by the Android operating system. X-Ray is installed directly (via an APK) and not through the Google Play store.


Android Device Tracking Tools

Android tracking tools are tools that help us find our lost mobile devices. Some of them are −

Find My Phone

Send a text message to your phone and it will text back its current location, or have it ring loudly if its somewhere nearby. Secure your emails, text messages, photos, notes, calendar and more by remotely wiping your phone with SMS. Keep tabs on your phone's SIM card. It can be downloaded from the following link −

Tracking Tools

Prey Anti-theft

Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone, or tablet if it is stolen or missing. It supports geolocation. It's lightweight, open source software gives you full and remote control, 24/7. Its official webpage is and it can be downloaded from

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