Hackers are attracted to Android phones. Malware can be installed in the background to take personal information and slow down devices. Antivirus programs can keep devices safe by detecting and stopping malware attacks. A majority of the top antivirus programs can also identify websites that are phishing as well as other online security threats. Additionally, they offer a wide range of additional features to improve your mobile privacy and security.
Most major Android antivirus applications include the free version, however certain applications charge additional features or for premium tiers that cost $15 to $30 annually. Certain premium tiers add features like the option of a VPN or identity theft protection at a premium fee. Certain apps, like Lookout does not submit to third-party laboratory testing and also have a hefty and slow scanning engine that can strain the phone’s performance.
Kaspersky offers the free version and a paid version. The pro version costs $29.99 for a year, or $39 when you buy it for three years. The free version includes SMS and call blocking and scans, virus update and anti-theft tools, while the pro version includes the most advanced set of security features such as antivirus protection, device scanning, and an app lock.
Norton has the best overall detection rate for malware in our tests and its mobile suite includes a wide range of other security features to help you safeguard your privacy on both mobile and desktop computers. Its advanced features include the ability to scan networks for Wi-Fi, it also has a VPN as well as an alert service for dark web sites that alerts you to data breaches. Norton Mobile Security’s free tier has been replaced with a separate app, Norton 360 Deluxe. It includes a generous 30 day trial.