I am debating on paying for some of the apps that are currently free in order to better secure my phone. How do I look up what apps are worth paying for or getting rid of from a security and privacy standpoint?
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I can to think that with Android (but basically with other platforms too) you have to install (or use) software, which indeed required for you. Not just for fun (at least - when we talk about critical devices). And I think (sorry if I wrong understand your ask) that with Android (or other mobile platforms) not always software, which you able to "buy", will be more secure, than other. Maybe more nice to check just status, information, your thoughts about developers (or company) - who provide this application. Usually large or well-known companies tried to provide services from "security and privacy standpoint". Before choose the application - you indeed have to check the user's reviews also (as additional to your own feelings about company and potential reasonable good points of using certain application). With Windows Phone (but Android provide this too) - I usually also think about Permissions, which application want with installation. Time to time - some of "permissions" looks like not reasonable for this kind of application (but permission-name usually with not proper view about potential usage it - which can be not so critical how called).
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Hi @IanV and thank you for your message.
There are millions of apps in Play-store, so it would be hard to say what apps you should pay and what not.
You might find useful the ratings which Google is providing for you based on the reviews by customers.
If you install an app to your Android device F-Secure SAFE automatically scans the application and tells you if it is harmful or not.
We cant scan those apps before installation process as we dont have access to that data beforehand.
Please notice it is recommended to install only one virus/securityprotection app on one device.
Hi @Ukko and thank you for your great answer!
Thanks for the advice.
I already have a scanner on my phone that scans the apps as I download and update them. What my primary concern is that many of these free apps use 3rd party advertisers. Which don't really care about security and privacy therefore possibly creating a "backdoor" into my phone.
I would like to reduce these backdoors as much as possible.