Top 5 Security Apps for Android

As Google’s Android platform continues its rapid pace, malwares and viruses are also becoming rampant. The growing reliance on mobile device makes users more susceptible to these threats. Google has tried to address this issue, but OS updates have been slow. With this, it is becoming essential to install additional security on mobile devices.

Earlier this year, independent IT-security group AV-TEST has tested Android antivirus apps regarding their detection performance.

Here are the top 5 antivirus apps that have performed well on the test.

Avast Mobile Security

It is a free app with an impressive lineup of mobile security options. Aside from its basic virus scanner, it has an Application Management feature that shows a list of running apps. Perhaps its best feature is the Anti-Theft. The feature allows a user to control his phone. When his phone stolen, he remotely control his phone through SMS. The user can locate the phone, lock it or wipe its contents.

Kaspersky Mobile Security

This app is available for $30 per year. The app has received excellent reviews for its detection performance. What makes the Kaspersky app effective is that every time a user installs an app, Kaspersky immediately checks it against its database.

F-Secure Mobile Security

The app provides optimal protection for $39 per year. Its main feature is the Real-Time Protection Network. It checks files and web content for threats in real-time. One unique feature of F-Secure is its parental control settings.

IKARUS Mobile Security

The Austria-based IKARUS provides one of the leading Android antivirus apps in the market. It has a simplistic interface loaded with effective features.

Lookout Security & Antivirus

It is a free antivirus app with a solid lineup of mobile security features. It provides an option to users to set a schedule for routine scans. With $30 per month premium upgrade, Lookout offers protection from phishing, remote lock and data wipe features.

Google’s latest move on imposing strict guidelines to apps may sound a good start to curb viruses and malwares, an added protection through antivirus apps is always beneficial.