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APP WATCH: Smartphone security

APP WATCH: Smartphone security

02 May 2012

Best mobile apps for antivirus, antimalware and remote lock and wipe security

With more and more of our lives and work stored on smartphones and tablets, hackers and cyber-rascals are targeting more mobile devices than ever. You may not quite need a military-grade super secure Android, but with mobile banking nigh - and about a thousand smartphone-seeking trojans popping out a month - security apps for your smartphone have never been so relevant (and sexy, really sexy). Here are three good 'uns for your next download.

McAfee WaveSecure 

This all-in anti-theft app offers data backup as well as remote security features that let you locate the phone, remotely lock it and in worst case scenario, wipe it of all data and account info.

Free seven-day trial, £12.50/year

Available on Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Phone, iOS and Java 

Lookout Mobile Security

If you're after antivirus protection, Lookout will screen and protect against malware, spyware and fraudulent links. It'll also scan for unsecured Wi-Fi networks (a no-no for sending sensitive data like bank numbers over). Upgrading to premium adds backup service as well as remote security to lock and wipe stolen devices.

Free; £1.99/month or £19.99/year for Premium

Available on Android and iOS

Bullguard Mobile Security 10

Got some rugrats to call your own? Bullguard adds a Parental Control feature to monitor your child's phone, while remote security plus antivirus and anti spyware featurs run in the background to ward off cybercrime. You can access your smartphone online too - from text messages and call history to data backup. Spamfilter lets you block unwanted texts and messages.


Available on Android (2.0 and newer), BlackBerry, Symbian

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on to obtain your PAC code.



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What is an PAC code?

An porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.