Skycure helps keep your Android devices secure. A coworker who came up through the mobile space recommended I check out Skycure. I liked it right away. This is my Skycure review for Android.
You don’t get all of the features unless your employer pays for it. But even the free version is useful. The free version answers a number of important questions:
- Is your OS is up to date?
- Is your access point secure?
- Does your phone or tablet have any known vulnerabilities?
- Are there any malicious networks nearby?
- Is there any malware on your device?
In my case, Skycure told me I shouldn’t have Developer Options enabled, which is a shame because I find gratuitous animation distracting. I’ll have to consider that. Fortunately for me, it was Skycure’s only finding that I can control.
Skycure also warned me about three wireless networks at a nearby apartment complex, a couple of miles from me. I never have any reason to go into that complex, let alone connect to wifi there. But it’s good to know. If there’s malicious wifi or otherwise dangerous wifi somewhere I do frequent, now I have something to warn me about it.
My standard Android security advice still applies. Don’t pirate Android apps, don’t install software from nonstandard app stores, and install whatever updates you can get. If you do these things, you’re in better shape than you probably think. Being vigilant about what networks you connect to is probably a good fourth step, and Skycure takes care of that, in addition to warning you if you’ve slipped up in any of the other areas.
I like Skycure and I recommend it. My workplace loves its Apple stuff so I doubt I’ll get much of a chance to use the paid version. That said, I found even the freebie is useful.
David Farquhar is a computer security professional, entrepreneur, and author. He started his career as a part-time computer technician in 1994, worked his way up to system administrator by 1997, and has specialized in vulnerability management since 2013. He invests in real estate on the side and his hobbies include O gauge trains, baseball cards, and retro computers and video games. A University of Missouri graduate, he holds CISSP and Security+ certifications. He lives in St. Louis with his family.
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Btw, you can also use the free version of Skycure on iOS devices as well – https://apps.skycure.com/iOS. It provides similar value. Plus, it is not that companies using iOS devices are any safer. Every org with at least 200 iOS devices we encounter, does have at least one malware. Not to mention, network exposure problem is much bigger than the malware problem. Thanks again for the great writeup.
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