6. Keep your passwords in your pocket with LastPass You have software that manages passwords on your PC -- so why not have the same convenience on your smartphone?
A company called LastPass securely stores all your sign-in passwords and syncs them between your PC and your smartphone. LastPass integrates directly with all major PC browsers -- and, thanks to a recently released addition, it integrates with the excellent Dolphin Browser app for Android as well. (The program does require you to enter a master password each time it's opened, by the way, so your information is always protected.)
The LastPass service costs $1 per month. You can sign up for a two-week trial if you want to test it out. The client app is free.
7. Step up your smartphone security with WaveSecure When it comes to Android and security, there's no shortage of hype and misconception. But despite the doomsday-like headlines about viruses, trojans, and spyware (oh my!), the more likely threat to your Android smartphone is far more mundane. Wait a minute -- what was it again? Oh, right: your own forgetfulness.
Think about it: With the amount of data and personal account access your smartphone holds, leaving it in the wrong place can quickly turn into a nightmare. With the right protection in place, though, you'll never have to worry.
WaveSecure is by far the most reliable Android security app I've encountered. The app, recently acquired by McAfee, allows you to remotely find and track your phone, download all your files, and even wipe the device completely of personal data. It has an optional uninstall protection feature, too, so you can keep theoretical thieves from stripping it off your device.
WaveSecure costs $20 a year. You can sign up for a two-week trial if you want to test it out. The client app is free.
8. Make your home screens more homey with LauncherPro I can't emphasize it enough: One of Android's greatest assets is the high level of customization it provides. And one of the best ways to take advantage of that is by installing your own custom home screen launcher.