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In search of an Android Firewall app

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, 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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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on In search of an Android Firewall app

  1. Cheryl Smith // 12 April, 2011 at 7:37 pm //

    A loyal reader here. Let us know soon how you like the app. And what is SlideMe?

  2. Slideme is an appstore. Up until amazon opened their app store, Slideme was the best.

  3. Thanks for writing this article! I was looking for a firewall for my mobile phone too. I found out my fav. firewall developer Kaspersky has developed Mobile Security for Android 1.5-2.2. Details here I’m going do download the trial this afternoon and give it a go.

  4. My concern with andfire is the creator appears to be Chinese.

  5. Nate, given how old this page is, care to update and make recommendations?

  6. Uh… DroidWall, come on… is it so hard to google for Android Firewall?

  7. Apparently it is. Thanks!

  8. Just heard of a new app called Mobiwol that looks like it is worth taking for a test drive. Doesn’t even need root access!

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