The main step for security in our Android systems is to have all their software updated to the latest version available for our device (both operating system and applications). But despite being totally updated there are always those who develop software with very bad intentions. To get rid of this kind of attacks we need an Antivirus that is up to date with amazons, especially if we are root users.
Virus protection for Android is a complicated issue. Who always get their applications from the Play Store and only visit known sites, can be relatively safe without the need for special applications for security. The Play Store is protected with automatic tools against harmful applications. And the well-known websites are financed with discrete advertising and not with Shocker-type malwares.
However, your privacy is not completely protected. Password theft or identity spoofing are also possible, even through supposedly secure applications or email. Again and again we hear about attacks on applications that millions of people trust (such as WhatsApp).
The world of malware moves very fast and the exploits that broke a vulnerability yesterday are no longer useful, but the bad thing is that new ones emerge. This is the dark side but on the security side it also adapts to new threats very quickly. That is to say, the antivirus that half a year ago was the best has surely fallen down and already has a substitute.
To keep up to date with the best antivirus programs on Android AV-TEST, the independent institute of computer security, they publish the list of the best Android antivirus programs every two months.
How good an antivirus application is depends largely on how many known or new threats it is able to detect. Below we list the antivirus applications for Android that have been able to detect all the malware apps on Android 5.1.1 devices in the AV-TEST lab, and that have not given any false alarm.
AV-TEST is a company based in Magdeburg (Germany), which has verified the effectiveness of security software for more than 15 years. The truly effective applications receive an internationally recognized safety certificate from AV-TEST.
Most antivirus services have a free version of their application that frees you from known threats and if you want constant tracking or extra services, depending on the application, they also usually have a premium application.
1Sophos Mobile Security
Sophos is the best antivirus application for Android. In addition to perfect protection, it offers most of the additional functionalities. And best of all: the application is free. The protection against malware is based on an online database that verifies the reputation of each of the applications and recommends alternatives.
Users of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later versions can finally use Web filtering. This allows you to avoid malware while browsing mobile websites. Through this you can even avoid fraud based on misleading advertising.
The protection against theft is also well thought out. Allow remote control of your smartphone through SMS from other phone numbers that you have defined. The parental control filter, call blocker and SMS, as well as device encryption complete the package.
2Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus
The antivirus avast! It is one of the best known. With it we can perform automatic analysis of installed applications, the contents of the memory card and each new application that we install. In addition, it offers SMS and call filters. Like most of the applications in the list, we will also find a GPS blocking and tracking option in case our phone disappears. To this tracking we have to add a siren, so that the thief is scared or to find our smartphone under the sofa. Finally, among its functions we also find a firewall, a web shield, remote functions and much more. Your download is free.
3Bitdefender Antivirus Free
Bitdefender Antivirus is a very simple and free application that will do a great job in virus analysis. In it we will not find any extra function beyond deleting files suspicious files, safe browsing and anti-theft protection. It should be noted as a positive point its integration with smartwatches and it is very light, so it becomes the ideal candidate for older smartphones.
The company Kaspersky Lab is well known for its market research in terms of mobile security. When you decide to install this application on your Android smartphone for free you will find basic functions including anti-theft and an antivirus analyzer, although real-time protection is a payment function. The Kaspersky application has as a very positive point that it is created by one of the most trusted companies in this field.
AVG Antivirus is also completely free download. Its function is very basic: to protect our device in real time from attacks of viruses, malware, spyware, phising, etc. With this antivirus you can analyze both applications, configurations, files and media. Among other options we find the possibility of ending processes that slow down the device, battery control and the use of data. Of course, it also allows us to block and delete all information in case of loss or theft, as well as locate our phone through Google Maps.
6Eset Mobile Security
One of the best antivirus for PC that has been passed to smartphones. It is free, but has integrated purchases in the application to have maximum security. The interface is very clear and simple. The virus and malware database is super-extensive.
Application recommended for its simplicity and quality, and that combines all the experience that Eset has in PC to pass it to your Android smartphone.
7Norton Antivirus and Security
Norton Antivirus and Security protects your smartphone from both theft and malicious viruses. It is a totally free application that eliminates the malwares before they penetrate your device through an automatic and periodic analysis of applications. It also offers the possibility to analyze the data of the SD card. On the other hand, Norton Antivirus and Security offers the option of Remote Lock through a text message in case of loss or theft.
This antivirus is developed in China and you will not find it on Google Play. In this country Google services are very limited and there is no Google Play, so it is easy to get an application from anywhere and the chances of it containing some type of malware are quite high.
Among the virtues of this Chinese anti-virus are the rapid detection of threats without false positives, its lightness and little use of the battery, block calls and messages, avoid the theft of information by phishing and adware. More information on the Geek360 website (in Chinese) and here you can download 360 Antivirus in English.
9Avira Antivirus Security
Security in smartphones and tablets with Android. Able to block both virus and other malware and malware. You can also find your lost smartphone and you can protect applications or restrict their access. All without your resources going down the drain.
Your database is updated to detect all the latest malware and does not slow down your system. The data traffic is also very small so you will not have scares on the bill or you will not spend all the megas without doing anything.
This application may not be as well known as the rest, because it does not have a past in computers, but CM Security is one of the best security and malware protection applications. One of the most curious features is its Intruder Selfie, through which a picture is taken of the person who has tried to unlock your phone unsatisfactorily (of course). We also find the possibility of blocking applications. Finally, it should be noted that the company behind the application is Cheetah Mobile, a research company that reports on the status of the Android platform.
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