Interest in Android confidence is during an all time high with a recover of Android L and other new moves to make Android a some-more secure mobile craving handling system. One Android confidence actor we shouldn’t remove steer of is WebRoot. I’ve been contrast out their cloud-based SecureAnyWhere Premier product for about a month now on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 recently updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. WebRoot courteously granted me with an analysis version.
WebRoot SecureAnywhere Premier scans for threats and antagonistic behavior, monitors that apps can entrance your information and empty your battery. It can also remotely locate, lock, and clean your device if it’s mislaid or stolen.
Getting Started with WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier
WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier is accessible as a download from Google Play. There’s a fee-based Premier chronicle and a giveaway version. For functions of this article, we downloaded a free version and upgraded it to WebRoot SecureAnyWhere Premier with a sequence series supposing to me by WebRoot.
Note: I’ve noted Premier usually facilities in a text.
After downloading a app from Google Play, we have a choice to login to your existent WebRoot comment or to setup a new account. The setup is customary things solely reduction gifted Android users who daub on a About symbol instead of competence find themselves stranded on a About shade for a app. You need to setup an comment in sequence to login to a SecureAnyWhere web portal.
Activating Device Administration happens after we setup your WebRoot account. The Activate device director dialog box is good designed and clearly written.
SecureAnyWhere is set it and forget it – a contingency have and required choice for mobile users of all technical abilities. Goof proofing mobile confidence for users as many as probable is a contingency have in my “mobile confidence book”.
Setting adult confidence options
Setting adult confidence was good suspicion out. we chose a PIN choice for security. While a initial indicate of my Galaxy Tab showed no problems rescued (Then again this inscription doesn’t get out much). The Security shade is a bit unclothed skeleton and while that’s cold for many Android users, some-more beginner Android users could advantage with a bit some-more information about a Antivirus and Secure Web Browsing options.
Securing temperament and privacy
The Identity and Privacy options embody Lost Device Protection and an App Inspector that sees what information your apps have entrance to on your device. When we initial open a Identity Privacy screen, you’ll be stirred that there are equipment that need your attention. Figure A shows an instance of a Identity and Privacy screen:
Lost device protection
While WebRoot SecureAnyWhere mislaid device insurance facilities are flirting with mobile device government (MDM) and craving mobility government (EMM), that’s not indispensably a bad thing and creates WebRoot Security AnyWhere appealing for tiny to middle businesses (SMBs), freelancers, and contractors seeking a arguable and cost effective cloud-based Android confidence solution. It includes a following mislaid device features:
- Lock Android device if it’s mislaid or stolen
- Locate Android device around a device’s GPS
- Sound an warning (WebRoot calls this “scream”) to assistance we find your device nearby
- Erase your information from a device if mislaid or stolen (Premier underline only)
- Lock your device automatically if someone removes a SIM label (Premier underline only)
When we tapped on Lost Device Protection, we could see that Device Protection was already set to ON. we incited on Password Protection to strengthen my device’s uninstall and device director settings. The next figure shows an instance of a Lost Device Protection screen:
There’s also a Command Log choice during a bottom of a shade that provides an review route of Lost Device Protection commands that have been received.
The App Inspector (Premier feature) was a many engaging partial of a confidence app for me given some of my past essay around Android and craving mobile confidence has overwhelmed on Android app and network tie concerns. The App Inspector identifies apps which:
- Access messages from SMS and MMS
- Make phone calls for additional costs but notifying you
- Access information from your comment that could put we during risk for temperament theft
- Track your plcae around GPS or network
For example, a next figure shows a apps a potentially have entrance to supportive information on my device:
You can View battery use information, and guard that apps are accessing a network (Premier feature). The Battery Monitor is good designed and easy to read.
The Network Monitor can offer an educational design of that apps are accessing a network. we suggest that users new to Android confidence or who wish to learn some-more about how their device interacts with a network check this out (especially if we use open Wi-Fi on a visit basis.) Figure D shows an instance of what we see in a Network Monitor:
SecureAnyWhere on a Web
With a confidence doubt like “Please enter a FOURTH and FIFTH characters of your Security Code (case sensitive)” for login acknowledgment for a web login, we competence get angry by logging into a web portal for your account. However, after we login and click on Mobile Security, we have entrance to a well-designed portal where we can conduct a mobile inclination on your comment and view:
- Security Status
- Lost Device Protection
There’s a lot to like in WebRoot Security AnyWhere starting with a easy setup and facilities that can accommodate a needs of consumer by corporate Android users. The mislaid device facilities should be appealing to SMBs and others, who aren’t utterly prepared to dedicate to a full-blown MDM/EMM solution.