Tired of searching for security apps and seeing lists of antivirus apps? In this roundup, we have the best security apps.
When you google the term security apps, you get a ton of lists of antivirus and anti-malware apps. Unfortunately, that’s a very narrow view of what’s out there. There are tons of apps that can boost your security. Most of them are pretty easy to use and don’t use a ton of resources. Here are the best security apps currently available on Android.
Of course, there are other things you can do too. We also recommend setting a lock screen with an actual lock (biometric or otherwise) and only downloading apps and games from the Play Store to maximize your security.
Bitwarden Password Manager
Price: Free / $4.99
Bitwarden Password Manager is a simple yet effective application for storing passwords. It uses 256-bit AES encryption with a salted hash and PBKDF2 SHA-256. It’s a lot more than most. It is not an alternative to something like LastPass. The app encrypts everything behind a master password. The app also includes a password generator and the ability to sync between devices. The way your data is encrypted prevents even Bitwarden from seeing your information. It’s also open source in case you want to see the code for yourself.
Bouncer is one of the newer security apps. This manages your permissions. Here’s how it works. Sometimes you might want to grant temporary access to an app, but you don’t want the app to have permission all the time. The bouncer basically does it for you. You can do something like enable location in Facebook and Bouncer asks if you only want it temporarily. It will then automatically remove the authorization later for you. So you can use the apps a little more freely without worrying about their location 24/7. It costs a paltry $0.99 and we think it’s worth it. Android 10 and 11 added more granular permission features, so this app may end up being superfluous, but that day is not today.
Find my device by Google
Find my device by Google used to be the Android device manager. The name has changed. However, the app still does the same thing. It tracks the location of your phone. The app can also play sounds to make searching easier. It can also erase your device, display a message and lock your phone remotely. The ability to find a lost phone is key to protecting your privacy. We also really like the data wipe tool. It protects you even if you never get your device back. This one is completely free, with no ads and no in-app purchases. This makes it a good option for security applications.
We originally had Firefox Focus on this list. However, Mozilla has completely redesigned Firefox and included most of the security features of Firefox Focus. Thus, we just recommend the standard Firefox browser now. It offers a sample of tools for privacy-conscious people. The app includes various add-ons to improve functionality, a private mode that deletes your browsing history on exit, a dark mode, and an enhanced tracking protection mode that automatically blocks over 2,000 trackers. It does more for privacy than most big-name browsers, but it retains the things people love, like cross-platform syncing and password saving.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
GlassWire is one of the newer security apps. It lets you see which apps are consuming your data. You get a live graph that shows how much data your apps are consuming. Plus, you’ll receive alerts to let you know when a new app sucks up certain data. It’s a great way to see how much data each of your apps is using. It’s also a great way to see any weird activity that may be happening in the background. Its main use is to make sure you don’t hit your data cap. Still, seeing a random app you don’t know about typing something on the web can be extremely eye-opening.
LastPass Password Manager
Price: Free / $12-24 per year
LastPass is one of the best password manager apps. It lets you store site passwords, PINs, and other sensitive information for quick recall. Everything is hidden behind a master password of your choice. It’s infinitely safer than just putting that information almost anywhere else. You can also choose LastPass Authenticator for added security. It’s powerful and it’s cross-platform. The free version should give you the most functionality on your Android device. The pro version adds features, more devices, sync options, and more. It is one of the must-try security apps. Bit Warden is a great free password manager if you want to go that route.
Price: Free / $4 to $24 per month
ProtonVPN is one of the newest VPNs on the market. We really like this one. It has one of the best free versions of any VPN with unlimited data at reduced speed. Additionally, they have a strict no-logging policy, no-sharing policy, and network encryption. This basically makes this app a unicorn. You won’t get the absolute best performance. After all, free can only go so far. However, those concerned about security probably don’t mind waiting an extra second or two for a page to load if it’s secure and free. There are premium VPNs with no-logging, sharing, and encryption policies. We have a list of related VPNs at the bottom of this article if you want to try some others.
Price: Free / $59.99 – $99.99 (one time)
Resilio Sync lets you create your own cloud storage. The computer version turns your everyday computer into a cloud storage server. The app then helps you sync the files between your PC and your phone or tablet. Think of it like Google Drive or Dropbox, except you know exactly where your files are at all times. This is ideal for more sensitive data. It’s also great for those who don’t trust online cloud storage, but still want the versatility of having it. The application is simple, even for beginners. The free version is more than capable for simple use cases. It is one of the most underrated security apps. There is a pro version with a fairly high one-time price, but at least it’s not a subscription.
Signal Private Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp, etc.
Price: Free (each)
There are a small but growing number of messaging apps with at least some form of encryption. Some of the popular options include Telegram, Signal Private Messenger, and WhatsApp. Everyone has different levels of encryption and some people trust one brand over others. We’re not here to make that choice for you, but all offer encrypted messaging. Signal also adds things like video calling, while WhatsApp has the biggest feature set of the bunch. For basic encrypted messaging, you can’t go wrong anyway. They are all free at the time of writing this article.
Tor Project (four apps)
The Tor Project is probably one of the most obvious choices for security and privacy on almost any platform. Unfortunately, their Android apps aren’t as robust as their computing offerings, but they’re slowly getting there. For now, you have access to Orfox, Tor Browser on Android (still in beta!), and Orbot, a proxy app that helps other apps use Tor technology to stay anonymous. The browser is still under construction but going well, but Orbot is definitely a solid app worth grabbing. The project also recently released Ooniprobe, an app that lets you see if your internet is blocking your connection to certain sites. These are all great security apps for those who are a bit more advanced.
If we missed any of the best security apps for Android, tell us about it in the comments.