Antivirus software might be a thing you associate with Windows computers, but your Android smartphone is just as much an attack target for viruses as any other device. Malware isn’t just annoying slowing your device and showing annoying ads. It could also steal your identity and bank information. Google Play offers a number of security filters, but you must still have an antivirus to secure your Android phone and keep hackers away.
Avira Mobile Security is one of the top free antivirus for Android smartphones and has top scores in tests of malware removal and detection. It comes with a range of options that include a malware scanner and WiFi network scanners, junk clean-up, data breach alerts and the photo vault. You can avail premium protection in a standalone package or as part Avira’s Internet Security Suites, which are backed up by a money-back guarantee of 30 days.
Bitdefender Mobile Security offers another free alternative for Android phones. Its malware scanner scored highly in lab and hands-on testing and has a Rootkit detection and includes a built-in VPN to ensure secure browsing. It also allows you to control permissions for apps or block ads, and browse with confidence on public networks. It is only scans on demand and for free, but not real-time protection.
Sophos Intercept X is a excellent choice for those looking to control their privacy on their devices. Its malware scanner scored high in hands-on and lab tests as did its link checking, privacy tips and scanning QR codes. It also comes with a few additional features, such as an authentication scanner that can be used for two-factor verification and a password generator.