Keep your precious Android smartphone and tablet away from malicious applications and websites that compromise your privacy, as well as profit from the personal data stolen from your device. From malware-busting capabilities to vital anti-theft features, these three free and richly featured apps help safeguard your Android device.
Norton Security & Antivirus
The free version of the Norton Mobile Security app allows you to protect one Android smartphone or tablet. You can use it to scan and get rid of apps that contain viruses and bog down your device. If you misplace your device or if it gets stolen, you can block access to your personal data by locking the device remotely through SMS text messaging.
Mobile Security & Antivirus
From AVAST Software comes the free multi-featured app Mobile Security & Antivirus. This impressive security app has antivirus scanning and removal capabilities, offers protection against spyware, and performs a privacy assessment on the apps you’ve installed so that you know what data you are signing away to app developers.
When you browse the Web, you can do so confidently with Mobile Security & Antivirus’ Web Shield. The app also enables you to backup your contacts, photos, and logs of your calls and SMS, as well as filter calls and SMS text messages. If you lose your smartphone, you can remotely lock the device or wipe its memory clean and locate it through GPS. If the SIM card of your phone is changed, Mobile Security & Antivirus makes it possible for you to get a notification.
Kaspersky Internet Security
The trusted online security brand, Kaspersky Lab, makes available at the Google Play store a free internet security app. Kaspersky Internet Security protects your device against spyware, Trojans, and viruses. It is also equipped with privacy-friendly call and SMS filtering capability so that you can fend off all those unwanted phone calls and text messages.
This free app from Kaspersky Lab has anti-theft features to help you track and find your smartphone in the event that you lose it or if it gets stolen. There’s an alarm feature that can be triggered remotely and would sound an alarm even if your phone is in silent mode. You can also lock and wipe your phone’s memory remotely.
The only downside to the Kaspersky Internet Security app is its unusually large file size. At a dense 32MB, it dwarfs the file size range of conventional security apps designed for mobile devices.