While 2011 was the year of the hacktivist, it looks like 2012 will be the year of mobile malware with Android users in particular facing the reality that their device may not be as secure as they'd like to think.
F-Secure, McAfee, Trend Micro and pretty much every other security vendor under the sun have reported seeing a massive boom in the number of attacks targeting smartphone devices.
Indeed, McAfee reported that Android malware has rocketed by a staggering 1,200 per cent in the last year as the platform continues to attract the attention of cyber criminals.
There's plenty of vendors out there seeking to capitalise on the boom, with hundreds of anti-virus and security services flooding the market claiming to make your device as secure and safe as possible. However, with so much choice knowing which one to pick can be tough.
But fear not as V3's here to help. We've drawn up a list detailing the ins and outs of the 10 best mobile security apps currently available for Android smartphones to keep your beloved device free from the claws of cyber criminals.
10. Super Security: Free
Super Security is a free cloud-based antivirus app that adds a "strongbox" storage area to the device. The strongbox is a storage area on the phone that lets users password protect three different folders: Pictures, Videos and SMS.
As well as the strongbox, the service also boasts the standard virus scan, app manager, task manager and phone finder features seen on most other security apps.
As a free service, though, the features aren't as good as certain other paid for services. It also has a significantly less polished user interface and can at times feel a little clunky to use. Still, it's not a bad place to start.