Don’t fall victim to the increasing amounts of Android Malware.
The idea of installing antivirus software on your phone might seem like overkill and a little over the top, but there are plenty of good reasons to consider doing this.
Anyone can submit apps to Google Play without preapproval, and apps can also be downloaded and installed from a wide range of other sources. This means Android users face a greater risk than those with iPhones or Windows Phones, who can install apps that have been properly pre-vetted for safety.
Every user is potentially at risk from malware (software that is specially designed to gain access or damage your device without the knowledge of the owner) and phishing emails and ads. Therefore, whatever the platform you’re on, it’s a good idea to have a mobile antivirus program installed.
We’ve done a spot of research here at Boosh and come up with a roundup of the best Anti-Virus App’s on the market right now.
Each antivirus will do the basic job of protecting your device and allow you to set up scans, but some go the extra mile with added features such as remote locking & GPS tracking. Not all are free, but the costs can be as little as £15 for a year’s subscription. We would recommend AVG as it seems to have the most features included in their free option compared with Norton & Kaspersky but have a read and see what you think. Don’t forget these are only needed on Android and Windows phones, Apple tend to have their own security built in.
- Routine & controlled scans
- Remote Locking & GPS tracking
- Performance review, can monitor what is using the most power and draining the battery most/least
- Clear out “junk” to improve storage
- Keep an eye on data usage
- Task Manager, can look at all the processes running on your phone and end any processes that do not need to run in the background to help save battery and keep the phone running smoothly
- Many security features such as protecting files/folders with a lock code, storing files in the “vault” which is a highly secure cloud, secure web searching so when you find a website the antivirus will scan the site to find anything malicious and let you know if it’s safe or not, WiFi scanning to check for threats.
- Routine Scanning
- App Locking
- Quite Notifications, can prevent certain apps from bringing up notifications that you do not need
- Device Info, can see system info such as the available and total storage, specifications of the phone, temperature of hardware such as the processor
- System cooling, just used this and it lowered my phone temperature by 2 degrees apparently
- Remove junk files to increase storage and performance
- “Phone Boost” essentially closes apps running in the background to help performance
Kaspersky Antivirus & Security
- Remote locking, searching and data wiping
- Remotely manage device protection
- Web Scanning
- Routine scanning
- Scans text messages for potential malicious attempts
- Hides information such as calls, messages and contacts
Norton Security and Antivirus
- Can set up to lock phone on removal of sim card
- Call blocking, AVG also has this
- Routine Scanning
- Can trust apps to remove them from being recognised as potential threats.
There are many other options available out there, here’s a list if you’d like more choice.
- Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus
- Sophos Free Antivirus & Security
- Avast Antivirus & Security
- Bitdefender Antivirus Free
- McAfee Security & Power Booster Free