Mobile device security has become one of the major concerns of today’s mobile smartphone users. Computers have been replaced by mobile devices. For all needs and activities, a smartphone is being used. Be it watching a video, making a payment of utility bill or shopping for anything on Amazon. All of these can be achieved by a smartphone.
When it comes to security, I think of an antivirus app that can take care of my mobile device from being destroyed. Mostly, all antivirus software companies have launched mobile security apps for Android device protection.
Some well-known antivirus apps are AVG Antivirus, Norton 360 Deluxe, Bitdefender Total Security, Kaspersky Security Cloud, McAfee Antivirus Plus and so on.
Android Apps List
On my Android device, I opened Google Play Store and searched for antivirus for android and here is a list of apps that are available to protect our devices.
AVG Antivirus App
The app comes with free features and for advanced level security features, it asks you to go for a paid version.
The app has a list of features that are demanded by android users.
- Anti-theft tools available
- Using Google Maps, you can track the device
- Availability of remote locking
- Data wiping
- Wi-Fi scanning
- Battery saver
- Blocking of unwanted calls
- VPN Security
Some of the above facilities are free to use and others can be used only with a paid version of the app.
Norton 360 Deluxe
The app is powerful in detecting malware and provides many security features that amazingly protects your device. Most of the features of Norton 360 are available in the paid version. What you get free is password manager and app locking feature.
The list of security features available in Norton 360 is as below:
- Junk files detection and cleanup
- Call blocking features from unknown, hidden numbers
- Device scanning for vulnerabilities
- Intrusive behavior monitoring in the apps installed in the device
- Complete Wi-Fi protection from phishing attacks
Norton is a very popular antivirus tool for system and server security. It has captured the Android devices market for security solutions.
Bitdefender Mobile Security
The app does not allow the user to start using the security features without signing in. It comes up with the 14-days free trial to use its Malware scanner, Web protection, anti-theft tools and app lock features.
The list of security features available with Bitdefender Mobile app is as below:
- Scanning the device feature without any additional setup
- Lightweight in size to install the app
- Real-time Web browser (Chrome) protection
- Device tracking that helps you find the device when stolen
- Privacy advisor
The app is similar to the Norton 360 app. It’s the matter of which one the user is comfortable with is important. Many times the user is familiar with the antivirus tool used in PC or laptop. Based on that, they choose to pick the android antivirus app.
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Scan on-demand is a very interesting feature of the app. The app does not come for free. Each feature is paid and it asks for a subscription to access any of the features. The app is 49MB in size and occupies space and resources in the Android device. We cannot consider it a light-weight app.
The list of features available with this antivirus solution is as follows:
- High rate detection of malware in the device
- Device locking and wipe feature when stolen
- Privacy with app locking feature
- Support of safe messaging
The app is of use when you want to utilize more of its privacy features. Also, it provides 99.9% rate of malware detection which is very useful and can be taken into consideration while choosing the antivirus solution for Android.
McAfee Mobile Security
The app comes with a 30-day trial period to use its security features. The user will need to sign up with a McAfee account to start using. Sometimes, it is annoying for the user to do registration or create an account with the app.
While using the free version of the app, it will irritate you with ads. But, this issue is with all free app versions. Ads pop ups are annoying while app is opened to use the scanning feature.
The app provides similar features as other apps, such as:
- Scanning of device and detection of malware
- Storage cleaner and memory booster
- Wi-Fi network protection
- Monitoring of the app that waste data
- App locking and backup
- Privacy with provision of guest mode
The app provides complete protection to the device in terms of junk data cleaning, monitoring of apps installed in the device, Wi-Fi protection from unwanted attacks and so on. It can be chosen to be used as an antivirus solution for android devices.
Antivirus Choice is yours
Android device usage is a daily need of all of us. We cannot think of a day without a smartphone device. It is equally important to safeguard the device with an antivirus solution.
All antivirus apps we saw above are useful and provide similar features in terms of identifying vulnerabilities in the device, protection of the device against malware, privacy features in terms of app locking and guest mode features.
Based on the most wanted feature you want and if that feature is covered in the free version, the app can be selected as an antivirus solution. If the android device is already damaged and you want to opt for antivirus solution.
It is suggested to go for paid version that will help you repair the Android system and get the device to normal usage.
After all of the above, the antivirus choice is yours!