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In search of an Android Firewall app

April 12th, 2011 by · 8 Comments · Android

My experiences with the Amazon Appstore have brought home the fact that Android leaks like a sieve. We have no idea which app is doing what. It’s high time that I added a firewall to my Android tablets.

But it’s easier said than done. I’ve found a bunch of firewall apps, but there’s a problem. I’m not sure I want to trust my security to an app developed by some no name company. I don’t really know that I can trust them, so I am hesitant to rely on their products.

BTW, if you know of a trustworthy firewall app for android, please let me know in the comments.

So I went digging, and it turns out both Symantec and McAfee have a firewall app for Android.  Unfortunately, I can’t find a retail license for just the Android app. Both companies have this app bundled into a suite of services for business customers, not consumers. Frankly, I don’t want to pay business prices for an app.

A friend recommended AndFire, which can be found for free on SlideMe. It seems to have a lot of options including blocking individual apps, phone numbers, SMS, etc. The project is also hosted on Code.Google.com, which does reassure me a little.

I’m going to use AndFire for now, but if you have an Android firewall app you like, please suggest it.

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