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Your smartphone is at risk. The question isn't how it will happen, but when it will happen. Mobile security software eliminates the uncertainty of "when" and focuses on abolishing all possible threats. Fraud, theft, viruses and general cyber malfeasance are now common enemies of the smartphone.

Through real-time analysis, remote data control via an online account, and antivirus and antispyware protection, our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner puts you back where you belong – 100 percent in charge of your personal information.

Protection
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Smartphones are becoming prime targets to malicious activity because of the data, both personal and professional, that we store on them. BullGuard Mobile Security protects your phone from viruses and other harmful programs using real-time detection. Real-time scanning immediately examines every file entering your device, preventing harmful viruses from infecting your phone.

This cell phone security application also offers firewall protection. This protection sets up a barrier around the ports on your device so that malicious information cannot enter your phone. Firewalls let you decide what content enters or does not enter your smartphone and places a shield over your signal so that your device is not discoverable on public networks.

If you are tired of getting annoying sales calls or unwanted text messages, this mobile security software application has a spam filter that allows you to block certain phone calls or text messages. However, both the firewall protection and the spam filter are only available on phones using select Symbian or Windows Mobile operating systems.

Features
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If your cell phone is lost or stolen, there are numerous features you can take advantage of with this smartphone security software. Having created an online account when you first purchased the software, you can log in to that account and lock your device or wipe the data on it remotely. When you lock your phone, you place a password on the device so that nobody can browse or steal any data or information without entering the correct password. Wiping the device using BullGuard Mobile Security is ideal if you know that the phone has been stolen. You can clear all the information and data stored on your phone – including contacts, pictures, text messages, emails and all other files.

As an added precaution, we recommend that you frequently back up all of your information to your online account.

Through your online account, you can also activate the GPS functions to pinpoint the location of your phone if you have lost it or if you think someone could have taken it. You can use the Scream Locate feature, which will cause your phone to sound an alarm, even if you have muted your phone.

One of the standout features available with BullGuard Mobile Security is its superb parental controls. To use the parental control feature, you will use your online account to monitor your child’s cell phone activity. This allows you to control your child’s mobile internet use and prevent them from viewing pornography or other indecent material. Parental controls also monitor incoming and outgoing images and messages, and enable you to set up a blocked call list.

For your mobile security software to run at its full potential, BullGuard Mobile Security must be regularly updated. The software will update itself when your phone is connected to the internet. If you don’t have continuous internet access, each time you gain internet connectivity, the software will check for updates. If you want to look for any available updates or change the way your device updates itself, you can follow the step-by-step instructions in the BullGuard support section on the website.

Ease of Use
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Regular scans of your mobile device are crucial for finding malware that has entered your cell phone. In addition to the real-time protection offered by this mobile security software, BullGuard Mobile Security allows you to scan your phone for viruses at any time. The cell phone security application also features scheduled scans, meaning the app will scan the phone on a regular basis. With several similar software applications, scanning your device can be a complex and often a long process, but this software makes it simple and offers step-by-step guides in the online support documentation.

Help & Support
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We are impressed with the help and support provided by this smartphone security application. For any questions or concerns, you can send an email or speak directly with a representative via live chat. BullGuard's support team was responsive to our concerns and provided us with the information we needed in a timely matter.

Beyond email and live chat, there are other help options, including a user guide with step-by-step instructions for installing, scanning and updating the software on your device. We found the manuals to be thorough, but if you still have unanswered questions, BullGuard also provides a FAQs section, which answers a variety of basic questions for each type of mobile operating system and again provides step-by-step directions for users.

BullGuard Mobile Security Summary:
10/10

We appreciate the variety of protection options and features provided by this mobile security software application. We love the GPS and Scream Locate features, as well as the parental controls and real-time protection. The online account is a fantastic feature that allows you to remain in total control even when your phone is not in hand, which can provide you with a great sense of security. The backup system is intuitive and easy to use, as is installing and updating BullGuard Mobile Security on your mobile device.

 
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BullGuard Mobile Security 10

Pros
With your online account, you have the ability to back up the data on your smartphone, as well as lock and wipe your phone remotely.

Cons
Although this cell phone security application caters to Android, Windows, BlackBerry and Symbian, the spamfilter and firewall protection features are only available on Symbian phones and Windows Mobile.

The Verdict
: 10/10

You can feel safe when browsing the web and downloading apps because you know that BullGuard Mobile Security has you covered.