The free Android Mobile Security Advisor app from Athigo aims to help educate users to potential security threats and identify Android owners who may be at risk. And the company used security tips from CIO.com's Al Sacco as the basis for one of the app's main security policies.
Any mobile watcher/analyst/blogger/whatever worth his or her salt saw the Android threat coming a mile away. I certainly did, and that’s why I wrote a handful of Android security tips last year. Security software company Athigo apparently appreciated my tips, and it recently asked me for approval to use them as the basis for a security policy in its free Mobile Security Advisor app, which is currently available in the Android Market. (I said yes.)
Athigo’s Mobile Security Advisor is very basic, and it doesn’t provide the level of security available via paid apps like McAfee’s recently updated McAfee Mobile Security app, which currently costs $29.99. (Athigo also offers a paid version of its security app for enterprises called Mobile Policy Advisor.) But Athigo’s consumer security software is free, and it’s certainly a step in the right direction for users who aren’t currently using any sort of Android security safeguards.
Mobile Security Advisor compares all your Android security settings to lists of “expert recommendations,” including my own security tips, and alerts you if your settings represent a potential risk. I’ve been using the app for the past couple of weeks, and though I did find a few minor bugs, it seems to work quite well.
Here’s a quick list of app features from Athigo:
Overview of security
Drill down to specific security settings
Notifications when things change
Highlight and prioritize problem areas
Automatically fix most security problems
Athigo’s Mobile Security Advisor on its own won’t likely be enough to protect your Android smartphone from all current threats, but along with some user awareness and vigilance, the app can certainly be a valuable component in your Android security toolset.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.