To install or not to install an antivirus app on my phone? – If you decide on the former, check out our list of the best antivirus apps on Android.
There?s still a lot of debate whether people really need to have an antivirus app on their smartphones. On Android, most of the threat comes from side-loading or installing apps from third-party sources (out of Google Play). But after all arguments, we can?t deny that mobile malware concerns have grown so much since the inception of Google?s mobile OS. Although Android has mostly secure internal protocols in place, there are still lots of people who want added security.
As such, there are numerous Android antivirus apps being offered on Google Play, most of them paid. We compiled a list of suggestions below; all of them are based (but not entirely) on a test of 30 Android antivirus apps conducted by Av-test.org on May 2014. The ratings you?ll encounter below came from them.
This Android antivirus app definitely delivers what its name suggests. It has a free version that is, according to some, almost as comprehensive as other antivirus apps? paid versions. Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus has a neat interface. There are different tools included and one of the best is the anti-theft feature. It lets you control your phone remotely via SMS; if ever the device is lost, you can remotely locate, lock, or wipe all data out from it. If that?s not enough, there?s a premium version priced at $ 15 per year. It includes a customizable blacklist, privacy advisor, options for rooted phones, and lots more.
360 Mobile Security is a popular antivirus app in China. In the Av-test.org report, it achieved a 100% detection rate of mobile threats. It focuses on detecting and countering system threats. 360 has a sleek, elegant design that?s also lightweight in terms of memory usage. It?s free on Google Play and can perform standard real-time scans that will protect your smart devices from spyware, malware, infection, and other threats.
Avira is another app which earned a 100% detection rate and offers no false positives. This antivirus apps comes with a light, minimalist design that really fits well with Google?s mobile OS. Avira can automatically scan new apps installed and look for potential problems. Similar to most security apps, it has a number of anti-theft features that will allow you to remotely lock, locate, wipe, or trigger your device?s alarm.
One of the most trusted names in the field of tech security, McAfee?s mobile antivirus app recently updated its payment structure so users can enjoy a number of features for free including privacy guarding, antivirus, device security, and anti-theft. The app is able to literally lock down your phone or tablet so never ever forget your PIN. Aside from features mentioned, it also offers anti-malware, call blocking, app locking, and web surfing protection, among others. There are reports that the app will change their name soon to Intel Antivirus & Security. So for McAfee fans, better watch out for that.
Kaspersky is a notable name in the world of PC security and now it seems that they are also making their name in the mobile arena, if not already. Kaspersky carries over its efficient anti-malware service to the Android platform in the form of an app called Kaspersky Internet Security. The free version of the app can deliver essential security, antivirus and anti-theft features. But the $ 14.95 premium option offers a lot more including anti-phishing and cloud protection.
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