We've reached the point where there's no escaping the fact that mobile devices need protection and cleanup tools. As a whole, we use our smartphones and tablets more than we're using desktops. Because of that, we cobble together toolkits that contain various bits and pieces to ensure our devices are at the top of their game. But what if you had a one-stop-shop that could handle:
- Antivirus (real time and manual scan)
- Task killer
- Battery saver
- App manager
- Cache cleaner
- Call/SMS blocking
- Privacy advisor
- Privacy locker
- Cloud backup
- Surf protection (protection from malicious URLs)
If such a tool is what you've been looking for, AMC Security just might the one. With real-time scanning, device location, frequent definition update, and a simple-to-use interface, AMC Security does an outstanding job of protecting your device from harmful files and poor usage (or loss).
With the tap of a single scan button, you'll see everything that could use cleaning and protecting on your device. From the results, you decide what to do next.
Let's install this free app and see how it can be used to keep your Android device protected and running smoothly.
Of course, installing AMC Security is quite simple. Just follow these steps, and you'll have it at the ready:
- Open the Google Play Store on your device
- Search for AMC Security
- Locate and tap the entry by IObit Mobile Security
- Tap Install
- Read the permissions listing
- If you agree with the permissions, tap Accept
- Allow the installation to complete
Once it's installed, tap the AMC Security launcher (either from the home screen or from within the app drawer), and walk through the simple Welcome slideshow.
From the main window (Figure A), you can immediately handle a number of tasks. But the first thing you'll want to do is tap the SCAN button.
AMC Security running on a Verizon-branded HTC M8.
The quick scan will run through the device for issues such as:
- Running tasks that can be killed
- Cache that can be cleaned
- Junk files/folders that can be deleted
- Big files (such as multi-media)
- Residual files (from uninstalled apps)
- Privacy records (such as browser history, call logs, and SMS)
Once the quick scan is complete, it will present the results (Figure B). Tap on the individual results and act on them as you need.
Results of a quick scan.
After you get the results, it's important to go through each section and uncheck what you do not want acted upon. Everything left checked will be cleaned when you tap the CLEAN button. Each sub-section offers different options (to ignore, to clean, etc). For example, in the Cache sub-section, you can't select individual app caches to clean — it's all or nothing. However, in the Task sub-section, you can select individual apps to be killed.
Once you've gone through each section, tap the CLEAN button. After the cleaning is complete, you'll see the results, which typically displays in MB cleaned (Figure C).
Results of a cleanup.
Tap OK to return to the main window.
Now, tap the Antivirus button. From here (Figure D), AMC can scan your apps and your SD card for malicious software and/or files. Tap the Scan Now button to initiate the process.
The AMC Security virus scan.
After that scan is complete, AMC will present you with the results. If you see any red (Figure E), it's best to check it out. In my case, the Security Audit found an insecure screen lock (this is a test device, so screen locks tend to slow me down), which would normally be dealt with immediately.
Results of the Antivirus scan.
Tap any sections in red and deal with them as needed.
You'll also want to make sure the Realtime Protection is turned on. To do this, follow these steps:
- From the AMC main window, tap Antivirus
- Tap Realtime Protection
- To protect both (or either) installed apps and downloads, tap their Enable/Disable sliders so they're on (Figure F)
Enabling Realtime Protection.
AMC Security also has anti-theft protection built in. The name is a bit misleading — it should be "Device Location," because that's what it does. In order to use this feature, you have to have a IObit account. The account is free and, once you've signed up and logged in (both done from within the app), you can log into the IObit website and locate your device. I tested the location (via the map) and was really impressed with the accuracy.
You can also send an alarm to the device that can only be shut off by entering your account password. While the alarm is sounding, the device cannot be shut off, muted, or the volume turned down. The only recourse (for the thief — if that's the case), is to allow the battery to run down.
AMC Security is one of those all-in-one apps that actually is an effective tool to keep your Android device running smoothly. Give this tool a try, and see if it doesn't help you to enjoy a more trouble-free Android experience.
Do you use AMC Security on your Android device, or do you use a different Android app for your security needs? Let us know in the discussion thread below.
Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.