Let’s face it as much as computers are hacked, phones are hacked even more. After all, they are home to our WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Where are you most likely to store your daily calendar and bank account details? Phones right?
Phones are more susceptible than ever to malware with all the stuff that we download and browse. The number of Android viruses is on the rise. You need a good antivirus to protect your phones.
Yet most Smartphone users are notoriously reticent to install antivirus apps. For one they take up valuable space. Trust me there is nothing more precious that smart phone real estate in terms of memory. Another thing is that these apps are famously intrusive.
They are always on you to perform background checks, streamline your apps or UPGRADE TO THE FULL VERSION. If I had a penny for every time I heard that message-I would be a millionaire many times over.
Already a famous desktop virus program, Avast is making meaningful strides in the Smartphone arena. With relevant features like Call blocker, SMS Shield, Power Saver, App Permissions Tracker, Storage Cleaner all features necessary to keep your Smartphone healthy. The paid version comes with Priority Technical Support, App Locker and no ads. Trust me the last feature alone is worth your money.
AVG focuses on malware detection while stressing on anti theft protection. Anti Theft protection lets you locate your phone in case you have misplaced it. You can then LOCK it or wipe all your data as a last resort. In its paid version you get things like Camera Trap that takes pictures in case someone makes numerous wrong attempts with your phone password. Who knew there was such a thing?
App Lock lets you lock certain apps with a PIN. Device Lock which locks your device in case your sim card is tinkered with. App Back up which backs up all your apps to an SD card.
Avira’s antivirus keeps things simple with a minimalist interface and some uncommon features likely to appeal to certain groups. It has the standard anti virus features such as phone blocker, anti theft, permissions tracker etc. Unique in its offerings are ransomware protection and protection from zero day attacks along with constant updates.
Zero day attacks are when the vendor has yet to learn about a defect or detect a malware in their phones, leaving millions of phones open to harm. If the vendor knows about the shortcoming in 30 days, it will be called a 30 day attack.
Bit Defender Antivirus free
Just your standard everyday anti-virus tool without all the elaborate features of its contemporaries. It is pleasantly lightweight with quick installation and cloud-based protection so your phone doesn’t lose valuable space.
Sophos Mobile Security
This app has no paid version and no ads. So far we are very impressed. It’s features include phone number blocker, text message filters, permission monitoring, anti theft provisions, QR code scanning that alerts you to malicious websites.
Kapersky Mobile Antivirus
It has all the usual antivirus features such as call and text blocker, anti phishing, manual and automatic scans, privacy protections and confidentiality provisions. You can not only keep certain apps from officious people but also select calls and texts. How about that?
Norton Security and Antivirus
Asides from offering device and web security, it also alters you about potentially unsafe Wi-Fi networks that are susceptible to attack. Its App advisor alerts you regarding the various impediments and security vulnerabilities associated with your apps. It can also actively block robo calls and spam’s.
CM security now christened Security Master. It has Wi-Fi Security, Message Security, App Lock and Anti Theft. Its intelligent diagnosis provides AntiVirus Security, Junk Cleaner, Phone Booster and Batter Saver as well as CPU cooler. It also has its very own VPN called Safe Connect VPN.