I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those guys who likes the convenience and synergy of Comcast’s XFINITY Triple Play service, because it provides phone, Internet, and TV access all wrapped up in a single package. (If it were cheaper, I’d like it even better!)
Dealing with one company, rather than two or three (particularly when things go wrong), is one advantage. Paying a single bill is another. Cable Internet speeds are also great for Netflix and other smart TV apps, so that’s a third. And the Caller ID-TV combo, (where I can see who’s calling in the middle of my favorite TV show, because the name or phone number pops up on the screen) is definitely a fourth. If I can’t tell who’s calling, I ignore it. (Truth be told, I often ignore it even when I can! Please don’t tell my family or friends.)
In a similar way—and for a lot less money—I like the synergy of the triple play of Trend Micro’s Mobile Security, Privacy Scanner for Facebook, and Mobile Backup and Restore apps. I get protection against malware and viruses with the first app; protection for my privacy with the first and second; and protection for my data and devices with the first and third.
Not only do these apps all work together quite well to provide these benefits (though they can also work alone), I get access to all three from the singularly elegant Mobile Security interface, which includes links to Privacy Scanner for Facebook and Mobile Backup and Restore. It’s a kind of mobile ecosystem—three legs of a security support stool that, together, help to ensure the stability and safety of my Android devices.
It doesn’t hurt that Mobile Security 3.0 is nicely designed. (I wish I’d designed it, so I could brag.) Its console, which you swipe either right or left to see the respective panel, is like two French doors opening onto its functions. It gives me a touchable preview of the state of my security on the left and access to all my tools on the right, where I can perform an operation, tailor the settings, or launch the linked apps.
Mobile Security protects me from malware and viruses
The linchpin of this triple play is, of course, Mobile Security itself, because it performs those key security functions that I absolutely must have in an insecure world, where Android devices are a primary target of today’s cybercriminals.
Scan Device performs a combo virus and data protection scan; while the virus scanner scans real-time (when downloading apps); from the cloud if I choose, (for the latest protection); and on demand (Scan Now) for the apps and files already on the device. Scanning files is an optional setting, set in the Scan Option popup, because adding files to a scan makes it take longer than just scanning apps. (The longer scan doesn’t need me to watch it, but my OCD compels me to do so.)
In fact, all of the options in the security settings screens let me tailor the security functions precisely to my liking, (which is great for a geek). For example, the Safe Surfing feature protects me from malicious URLs (websites) when browsing as aggressively or leniently as I like:
- High blocks sites showing any signs of fraud or malicious software
- Normal provides balanced protection without blocking minor risks
- Low only blocks sites confirmed as fraudulent or dangerous
I opt for Low on my Motorola smartphone, since I don’t browse a lot on its small screen, but I use the Normal default on my Asus tablet, since I do a lot more browsing there.
If I had kids (heaven help me), I’d set up the Parental Controls on the phone as well, tailored for a child, pre-teen, or teen—whatever the kid’s age who has access to the phone. Password protection ensures that my kid can’t change the settings to bypass my controls. Concerned parents should take note.
Mobile Security + Privacy Scanner protect my privacy
The second leg of my triple play is focused on privacy protections, provided by Mobile Security and Privacy Scanner for Facebook working together. First, Mobile Security’s Data Theft Scanner informs me of apps that can potentially steal my private information, using real-time and on-demand scans, so I can delete the bad apps from my system.
But Mobile Security also links to Privacy Scanner for Facebook, so I can scan my Facebook privacy settings, identify risky settings that could cause me ”identity leakage” and change them according to its recommendations.
Mobile Security kick-starts my privacy protection by making it easy for me to download and install Privacy Scanner for Facebook from inside the Mobile Security app.
To get started, I simply tapped Scan Facebook at the bottom of the right-hand panel to begin the process of downloading and installing Privacy Scanner for Facebook. Once installed, I linked the app to my Facebook account by signing into it.
From then on, tapping Scan Facebook in the right-hand Mobile Security panel displays a preview screen. I then click Check Settings in that screen and the Privacy Scanner launches and scans my Facebook settings, listing any privacy concerns.
I just click the items one by one, to make my changes (e.g., Friends instead of Friends of Friends), and I’m good to go. Oh yes, to return to the Mobile Security app, I just tap the Trend Micro Mobile Security button at the bottom of the Privacy Scanner screen. Very nice.
Mobile Backup and Restore + Mobile Security protect my data and my device
Finally, my triple play advantage is completed by another double play, which protects both my data and my device, the first through Trend Micro’s Mobile Backup and Restore application; and the second using Mobile Security’s Lost Device Protection functions.
First, let me show you the data component. Using the same method I used above to install the Privacy Scanner, I simply clicked Backup and Restore in the right-hand panel of the Mobile Security console to download and install the additional app. Once installed, I just linked the Backup and Restore app to my Trend Micro account and presto, it’s ready for use.
From then on, whenever I tap Backup and Restore from the right-hand panel of Mobile Security, I’m provided with a preview page of my backup status. I simply click View Data Backup to launch Mobile Backup and Restore, and from there, initiate a backup by tapping Back Up Now in the app, choosing my items to back up, and clicking Start Backup to back it all up. (Restoring my data to the original device, or to another device, is just as easy—but I’ll leave that little item for you to explore.)
Finally, last but not least, Mobile Security provides me with Lost Device Protection, which variously lets me Find My Android if it’s lost or stolen by locating it on Google Maps, to lock the device if the SIM Card is changed or removed, to remotely lock the device itself to protect it from being accessed, or to partially or fully wipe the data from it as a last resort—my final protection from data theft when the device has been lost or stolen. Lucky me, this hasn’t happened yet, (I say as I knock on wood).
All these Lost Device Protection functions work in conjunction with the Trend Micro Lost Device Protection Portal (which might be thought of as the fourth leg of my mobile security ecosystem, so I guess that makes it a “quadruple play.”)
Once logged in, I have a measure of remote access to the device, where I can locate it, sound an alarm, lock or unlock it, or partially or fully wipe it, according to the lost device protection settings that I’ve previously chosen.
Pretty snazzy, wouldn’t you say? There are a bunch of features I haven’t highlighted in this blog, but I’ll leave those to your own exploration as you try out the triple play of Trend Micro Mobile Security, Privacy Scanner for Facebook, and Mobile Backup and Restore for yourself.
Now it’s back to my other triple play. Just don’t try to call me when I’m in the middle of watching Game of Thrones.
I manage Trend Micro’s Technical Product Marketing team for Consumers and the opinions expressed here are my own.
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