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Since its launch, the Play Store has received a lot of flak for being clunky and painful to use. There are scores of Android users out there who want to get the most out of their devices, and a big part of that is being able to find, track and buy the latest and greatest apps available. Thankfully, there are solutions out there for all our app-hunting and tracking needs, and today we’re looking at 10 of them that help us get our fix.

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I have a confession: for a long time my passwords probably weren’t as secure as they should have been. With personal accounts at over 60 websites, it was tough to manage them properly — not to mention all of the accounts I have for my clients. In short, I wasn’t managing secure data properly. Then my friend told me about Dashlane, a cross platform password manager with an Android client.

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You’ve undoubtedly heard of Ice Cream Sandwich’s ‘Face Unlock’ feature. It was a big selling point for the Galaxy Nexus, and more and more devices with front-facing cameras advertise it as a feature.

Though it’s a nice novelty of a tool, it hasn’t got a tremendous reputation. A lot of people have trouble getting Face Unlock to recognise them for the first time, and even when it does work, it only protects the lock screen of your device. Wouldn’t it be nice to use a face-locking mechanism on a per-app basis? Well thanks to Visidon Applock, you can!

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Windows is a great operating system. It is user friendly, affordable and supports legacy hardware and software fabulously. But it is prone to virus, malware and spyware attacks, often. Without an antivirus and firewall software, your safety isn’t assured at all. This one drawback has tarnished the Windows brand for decades and eventually gave way to the rise of Mac and to some extent desktop Linux.

Now I’m seeing a similar trend with the Android ecosystem. I knew antivirus software existed for Android, but only after researching for our recent roundup did I discover how many of them are available for download in the market. All security biggies from Norton to ESET have set shop. The funny thing is that we are yet to witness mass malware attacks of scale in our green robot community. But that’s a discussion for another time; for today, let us take McAfee Mobile Security for a spin. (more…)

Android has an excellent array of security apps to protect you against threats of malware and viruses. But in my opinion, privacy issues are a far greater concern.

What permissions and elements of my phone are newly installed apps using? How safe is the private data I store on my phone? This was a gap in my knowledge that I wanted to fill – and LBE Privacy is a great tool for this job.

The app protects my privacy, and safeguards services that could cost me money if the wrong apps gained control of them. It does all this with a beautiful and intuitive interface. (more…)

Android and security don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with each other. In fact, from my view, the majority of mobile security concerns stem from an Android device, which results it seeming like the bane of mobile security. A recent report from a security company reveals the top twelve most unsecure phones all run Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Mini, HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The iPhone, on the other hand, only comes in at number 13.

There’s a number of reasons why this is the case, from malicious apps invading the unwalled garden to a very laggy update schedule amongst Android phones. We’re going to explore these reasons in today’s article. (more…)

The smartphone industry is evolving at a breakneck pace with Android leading the way. We have come to a point where Apple is cloning a few features that are part and parcel of the green robot.

As a neutral observer and critic, I notice that iOS apps tend to be really gorgeous. Some are beyond gorgeous and it’s just way too much eye candy for a 3.5 inch canvas. But when it comes to apps from every possible domain one can imagine, unrestricted by the walled garden of an API, Android wins the contest hands down.

After the break we have compiled a list of apps that are unique to our Android ecosystem. They all work out of the box, without the need for rooting. Do read on! (more…)

Android Police recently uncovered a large security flaw in some of HTC’s ‘forced-upon-you’ bolt-on software. Though the software doesn’t reveal personal details itself as such, other applications do have the ability to request information from this toolkit. This gives them access to some of your personal information including GPS locations and SMS data. Read on to learn more.
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OK, so you’ve just heard on the news that people are starting to turn into zombies. No one knows how or why, but one by one, the population are turning into brain-thirsty living dead. What are you going to do to survive this awful apocalypse? Well, fret no more, because you can survive with the help of this roundup of essential Android apps to help you live in a society overrun by flesh-eating zombies.

This list attempts to cover as much as possible: from finding out the latest news about what’s going on, to first aid, food, equipment, geography, organisation, security and even preparation for such a day. It’s not going to be easy, but survival is essential until the government scientists work out some kind of cure. You can do this, I have every confidence in you. Just pay attention. One small piece of advice before we start… always go for the brain stem.

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I’m lucky: I’ve never had a phone stolen, lost, or broken irreparably. (Well, other than gradually wearing out due to age.) But Sam Cater’s post about phone theft (and the precautions you can take against it) got me wondering how common that is.

Of course, I’ve been invited to plenty of those Facebook events named “Lost my phone, numbers please!!”, but it still seems like a problem that’s only for other people. And besides, if you’re using Android, your numbers are all stored at google.com/contacts anyway, so there’s no need for any of us to create an event like that ;)

But maybe I’m just living in a safe little bubble, I don’t know. How about you? Have you ever had to get a new phone out of necessity alone?

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