Protecting your Android device from malware and viruses

AndroidlogoOk, so you purchased the kiddies (or for yourself perhaps) a shiny new Samsung or Google Android device for Christmas. Before bundling it all up in some nice wrapping paper, your very next step should be to protect it from a serious number of mobile app nasties out there on the Google Play Store or Amazon (and other stores alike).

Not sure where to go?  Take a step over to AV-TEST and check out their review of the top apps to protect you. They are independent and referred to quite often by the big guns in the IT industry, so are trustworthy.

Need to wait up until your gadget-addicted littlies are sleeping so you can put the new gadget under the tree? I suggest you make a good strong cup of your favourite beverage and then download a full PDF report of the 2013 AV-Test results for Android here. Happy Reading!

Controlling your kids… on Android anyway…

netnannyandroidWhilst there are some things you can do to restrict what your kids can do on an iPhone/iPad (see previous post here), the level of control available to you is nowhere near as granular as most parents would like. In Android, however you have much more control through 3rd party solutions such as Net Nanny. To see how to restrict particular apps, the Google Play Store etc I recommend you go tak e a look at a good video walk-through of what you can do, so go take a look – here. Product info can be found here.

Disclaimer – I do not benefit from mentioning this product except from the warm & fuzzy feeling I get by perhaps helping like-minded parents protect their children against some of the nasties out there on the net.

iPhone and kids

iPhone-RestrictionsThere’s a good webinar just posted by the team from NetNanny here that walks you through the ‘Restrictions’ you can set up on an iPad (or iPhone) to control what your kids can see/do. They talk about what you can’t stop in terms of web browser settings, but they do provide information on how you can keep an eye on your child’s web browsing history if you need to do so.

It’s not overly technical and might be of interest for parents.