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December 03, 2020

7 Apps for a Safer Browsing Experience on Android


Don’t Leave Home Without These 7 Safety Apps for Android (News - Alert) Devices

Online privacy has come into sharp focus in recent years. Android users are particularly vulnerable, given the abundance of third-party apps that can be downloaded and installed on Android devices – effectively bypassing the Google (News - Alert) Play Store, and potentially infecting your mobile with malware. Privacy apps for Android are a good place to start. Fortunately, there are scores of Android apps available, including VPN (virtual private network) apps for Android.

#1 WOT

In an attempt to guarantee a safe browsing experience on Android, the following 7 apps are highly recommended. We begin with WOT - Web of Trust. MyWOT (Web of Trust) is a dynamic app created by WOT Services LLC. It's free to download and install for Android smartphones and tablets, and it does for your mobile what Fort Knox does for the gold bullion stored inside it; 100% safe and secure online browsing is assured.

With MyWOT on your Android, you never have to worry about clicking on a link to an unsafe website (URL) link, or email. Enjoy real-time security, anti-malware protection, and instant access to countless millions of websites which have all been evaluated as safe or unsafe by 140 million users worldwide. That's right – MyWOT is a community-based security blanket that you can trust.

#2 NordVPN

NordVPN is a virtual private network which obfuscates your IP address, thereby preventing websites and bad actors on the Internet from accessing important personal information about you and your device. By rerouting your traffic through a virtual private network – anywhere in the world – it is very hard to identify you, target you, or steal from you. NordVPN is generally rated among the top VPN providers out there.

Be advised if you go with other options, you should read their privacy policies. These determine how your personal information is collected, and shared. Pay particular attention to how companies like NordVPN react if they are issued a court order for a specific user. Try to sign up with VPN providers for Android that are not part of the 5 eyes, 9 eyes, or 14 eyes countries.

#3 – Privacy Browsers

Firefox Focus is a great browser that allows you to privately browse the Internet. You don’t have to worry about bookmarks, tabs, or browsing history. There are no trackers,  andno cookies to worry about – easy-peasy! One such example is Brave Private Browser. It is highly rated (4.5/5 from 275,000 users). It's got some terrific AdBlock Privacy Web Browser settings for your Android device.

#4 – Bitdefender for Android

Bitdefender stars as one of the most sophisticated antivirus systems in the world. In fact, it was ranked the best Android security product in 2015, 2016, & 2017.  With a stellar rating of 4.7/5, from 260,000 users, you know Bitdefender will have your Android device under lock and key. As a cyber security app, it stands unparalleled. Thanks to some pretty nifty features, you can effortlessly glide across the web, surfing high and low at your leisure. Among the many features you can enjoy are the following:

  • Real-time web protection
  • Use a PIN code to lock sensitive apps
  • 100% detection of malware on Android
  • Real-time scanning of any breaches to your email address

The app comes at a premium, but it's well worth the cost.

#5 – Google Find My Device

Much like the iOS equivalent – ‘Find My Phone’ (News - Alert) Google's Find My Device is a great way to locate your Android phone, or Android tablet. So how does it protect your phone? Well, it sends an alert to the phone, indicating that the phone has been lost. Even if the phone has been turned off, it will display the phone's last location. All you need is a Google account to get up and running, and you can ping your phone anytime you have misplaced it. That is how you keep your Android safe.

#6 – TOR Browser

No mention of beefed up security on Android is complete without at least considering downloading and installing the TOR Browser. By connecting to the TOR network, you effectively make yourself anonymous on the Internet. Don't worry about trackers and cookies at all. TOR is widely regarded as the gold standard of anti-tracking on the Internet.

#7 – Lookout

Lookout is a powerful AV and mobile security system. It has a stellar rating of 4.6/5 from over 1.07 million users. Among the many benefits of downloading and installing this premium app on your phone are lookout identity theft protection, identity restoration, identity insurance, and guaranteed safe Wi-Fi. There are plenty of extra features with this app, making it a definite inclusion in our top 7 apps for safer browsing on Android devices!

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