Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

1. Avast Mobile Security

Superior protection for free

 Has a free version
 Advanced options in both versions
 Free version has ads

Avast has been around for quite some time, keeping our PCs safe from outside threats, but it has also developed an excellent product to protect your Android device(s), as well.

The best part? It’s available for free.

The free version is supported by ads but you can remove them for a small monthly or yearly fee.

The free Android version not only provides scanning (including system apps) and monitoring against malware and vulnerabilities, but it also offers a bunch of other useful features.

For instance, you can filter out unwanted calls and verify your Wi-Fi’s security.

There’s also an anti-theft toolkit that you can use to lock your device or erase its content if you lose it or it gets stolen. Stalkerware detection is there as well.

Paying for a premium version will not only remove ads, but will also add some extra features to make it worth your while.

One of these is in-app locking which places a PIN/pattern/fingerprint block on certain apps, effectively preventing malware from launching them automatically.

Another one is secretly taking photos or audio from your phone when it goes missing.

If you’re willing to pay the extra cost, you can even go for the premium ‘Ultimate’ bundle option, which is accompanied by a VPN, password management tool, and a system cleanup option.

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2. Bitdefender Antivirus Free

The established brand’s take on Android security

 Doesn’t require additional setup
 Low battery impact
 No real-time protection

Bitdefender is another established player in the Internet security field, with tons of products for various security requirements. One of them is the free antivirus app for Android devices.

This handy app will provide malware protection and cloud scanning capabilities that parallel those of Bitdefender Mobile Security. Apps are automatically scanned upon installation and it doesn’t require any special configuration.

It’s main selling point is its light weight – the fact that it doesn’t encumber your system resources as it doesn’t run in the background all the time. In other words, you only run it when you need it or schedule the scans yourself.

If this offering isn’t enough, Bitdefender Mobile Security might be the one for you. And we have good news – there’s a 14-day free trial to see if you like it. Do note that this version provides anti-theft tools, privacy advisor, real-time protection for Chrome, and WearON technology that sends alerts to your smartwatch when you leave your phone behind.

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3. AVG AntiVirus for Android

Complete security with a bunch of great options

 Plenty of basic and extra features
 Superior phone tracking tools
 Free version is very limited

AVG’s Antivirus for Android offers excellent antivirus protection, anti-theft tools, app and device lock capabilities, a camera trap option, and more, and you can try it out for free for 14 days.

In addition, there’s a scanner feature for the Wi-FI network you’re trying to connect to, as well as performance enhancement for your battery that kills off processes that are hampering your resources. There’s also stalkerware detection.

You can block unwanted calls and there’s even a VPN if you’d like to have additional privacy when browsing.

The anti-theft tools include phone tracking via Google Maps, remote locking and wiping of your data, taking a selfie photo or recording audio of the thief and emailing it to you, as well as activating a loud siren if you think your phone has been stolen.

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4. McAfee Mobile Security

Quite a lot of handy features for a free antivirus

 Keeps your data hogging apps in line
 Various smart features in the free version
 Free version has ads

McAfee’s Android product, McAfee Mobile Security, is an antivirus platform that holds some serious power, available in free and paid version.

The free tier provides antivirus scanning for your network, apps, and files, a privacy check tool which allows you to see how much personal info your apps access and share, as well as the anti-theft measures that include locating and locking down your device. It does, however, have in-app ads.

The battery and memory boosters and storage cleaner are there to make your device more efficient, while the safe Wi-Fi option instantly warns you if you’re connecting to an unsafe or unprotected Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can keep track of apps that waste your data.

As for the paid Standard version, it offers all this and more – protection against suspicious websites, media backup, secure app lock, guest mode that hides your private apps when you share your device, 24/7 phone support, as well as no annoying in-app ads.

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5. Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

99.9 percent detection rate, even for free users

 Outstanding malware detection rate
 Excellent security mechanisms
 Full functionality is only available for paying users

Kaspersky’s Android app also comes in free and premium versions, with the main difference being the included features.

The free option offers enough for most users – malware detection rate of 99.9%, on-demand scans, as well as anti-theft features such as locating and locking your Android device if it goes missing or wiping any data from the device to keep it from getting into the wrong hands.

This version also supports Android Wear.

On the other hand, the premium version comes with plenty more.

Opting for it will get you anti phishing protection, the app lock feature which also hides calls, texts, and logs from everyone who isn’t you, automatic real-time scanning, safe messaging, blocking malicious URLs before you even click through to them, as well as call/text filtering.

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