Nothing phishy about these Android apps for finance

Jan 14, 2010
Finance

With Google’s Android platform really beginning to see some traction, many scammers are looking to take advantage of its open-format for developer Android apps.  A recent malware banking Android app was discovered, bringing attention to Google’s lack of strict regulations over Android apps it makes available to consumers. Vastly different from Apple’s heavy-handed approach to […]

With Google’s Android platform really beginning to see some traction, many scammers are looking to take advantage of its open-format for developer Android apps.  A recent malware banking Android app was discovered, bringing attention to Google’s lack of strict regulations over Android apps it makes available to consumers.

Vastly different from Apple’s heavy-handed approach to regulating iPhone apps, many fear that Google’s Android platform may not be ready to compete with Apple. There are some secure finance Android apps available, however.  We’ve listed a few here, from banking to mortgage calculators: 

Android apps for trusted banking

The Bank of America Android app gives you mobile access to your account balance.  Coming from Bank of America, this free app also lets you perform a certain amount of mobile banking. You can pay bills, transfer funds, or find a nearby ATM or branch, based on your location.

Android apps to help with personal finance

PageOnce’s Personal Assistant Android app can do a number of things, including mobile banking.  From your bank accounts to your credit card accounts, the free Personal Assistant can help you keep tabs on most of your financial activity. Monitor balances, transactions and investment activity across multiple accounts, with integrated reminders for bill pay to help you better manage your funds.

Firethorn is a mobile banking company, having taken measures to protect your privacy on the many platforms it supports.  Its free Android app, called Mobile Banking for Android, gives you several banking features to let you view your account balances, pay bills, see account activity and reward points. Firethorn’s Android app is also good for those with accounts at multiple banks.

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Google Finance also has an app of its own on Android.  The free app gives you mobile access to your Google Finance portfolios, letting you keep up with the companies you are watching and those in which you have invested.  With concern around Google’s limited app regulation for third parties, using a Google-run app may ease your mind.

Android apps where no bank information is necessary

If you would rather not trust any mobile apps to hold personal banking data, but would still like access to basic financial tools, consider the Finance Utilities Android app.  This free app offers mortgage and investment calculators, helping you determine whether or not an investment opportunity is worth your time and money. Finance Utilities saves your data for easy access at a later time.

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