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 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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

8 Comments

  1. Cheryl Smith12 April, 2011

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

    Reply
    1. Nate the great12 April, 2011

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

      Reply
  2. Jules2 May, 2011

    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.

    Reply
  3. joecool21 May, 2011

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

    Reply
  4. Miztrniceguy6 October, 2011

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

    Reply
  5. justme15 December, 2011

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

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder15 December, 2011

      Apparently it is. Thanks!

      Reply
  6. Sarah20 January, 2013

    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!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netspark.firewall

    Reply

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