As more and more people go mobile online, hackers are shifting their workspace from PCs to smartphones. Since Android is the most used mobile operating system, that is their favorite platform. You can limit this risk by installing a security app on your phone
Avast Antivirus & Security
Avast Antivirus & Security is the most popular security app for Android with over 100 million downloads. In addition to a virus scanner and deletion, the app offers an impressive range of tools, such as a call blocker to block certain phone numbers, an app to protect your apps with a pin and a network metric that measures inbound and outbound data. If you have a rocket device, there’s even a firewall so you can block the network access of certain apps.
The virus scanner automatically scans your installed apps, the contents of your memory card, and new apps you add. According to AV-test.org, the app resisted 99.9% of the malware from the last four weeks, allowing you to download this security app with a peace of mind files. Also, sms’jes are not forgotten. The privacy manager also gives you full access to all rights and permissions that your apps have, and with the webshield feature, trojans, adware and spyware are also blocked.
An extensive backup feature protects all your contacts, text messages, phone logs and photos. With the paying premium version, you can also back up music, videos and apps.
If you simply want to protect your mobile phone without many unnecessary tools, AVL is the right option for you. In addition to an antivirus, it also offers a call blocker and an anti-phishing feature, so that infected websites do not load. The app stopped all malware from the last four weeks and did not trigger any false positive. So AVL is one of the safest options for which you can choose.
The app is very fast and efficient and has no major impact on the battery life of your mobile. Because AVL does not require much of your smartphone, it is also dependent on a budget or slightly older smartphone. Moreover, the very user-friendly interface looks very nice.
The paid pro version of AVL offers a few other features, such as a scanner that classifies the various threats under tags such as ‘dangerous’ or ‘risky’.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free
Bitdefender is a big name in the security world and they also offer a strong security app for Android. Their app is particularly light and does not run in the background of your smartphone, so your battery lasts longer and consumes less memory. This has the disadvantage that you have to schedule or manually perform scans to keep your mobile safe. New downloaded apps will be automatically scanned.
This app has also stopped all malware in the past 4 weeks, according to the AV test. Bitdefender Antivirus Free also offers no additional capabilities, so just like AVL is an interesting option if you want a simple anti-virus on your mobile. If you want extra security, you can try a free 14-day trial for Bitdefender Mobile Security.
Even if you’re not tech-minded you can use this app. You download the app, install it and it’s done. No further configuration is required.
Sophos Free Antivirus and Security
Are you looking for a free app that is incredibly accurate and still offers many features? Then Sophos Free Antivirus and Security is your choice. The app systematically takes 100% of the AV-Test and thus stops all malware. Besides the anti-virus you get a lot of extras, such as protection against theft, password protection with apps, spam blocking, web filtering and more.
Admittedly, it is not the nicest app in the list, but in terms of possibilities and performance, this app can not be beat.
Norton Security & Antivirus
Symantec is one of the world’s largest companies in terms of information security, and already launched its first anti-virus software for PC, Norton Antivirus, in 1990. The Android market is also trying to conquer them.
Norton Security & Antivirus protects you from malicious apps, theft or loss of your device (with text you can block your phone) and websites that are used to steal information. The app also keeps track of programs that want to leak or steal personal information, unleash your battery, use excessive data, and other things that can not be ignored.
They score 100% on the AV test, thus avoiding all malware, a performance that has been rewarded for years by the AV-Test Best Protection Award. However, Norton Security & Antivirus has the disadvantage that many features are not in the free package, and an annual license of 30 euros is still very pricey.