What is a good antivirus app for android? Do you need an antivirus for your Google Android smartphone? It depends on where you download and install apps for your smartphone, if you only download apps from Google Play, the answer is you do not need an antivirus. If your middle name is ‘danger’ and you’ve rooted your Android smartphone, it is best to install an antivirus.
My number 1 pick is avast! Free Mobile Security, simply because it is the only mobile antivirus with firewall protection. As for anti-theft feature, I use PreyProject and it works great.
I’ve compiled a simple comparison table for some of the leading mobile antivirus for android OS, all of them comes with on-demand scan and on-access scan. Since the market is flooded with quality free antivirus, I do not see any reason to purchase Norton Mobile Security or Kaspersky Mobile Security.
9 Android Antivirus Security Apps For Phone & Tablets
|Firewall||Web Protection||Anti-Theft||Call / SMS / Filter||Backup|
avast! Mobile Security (Free)
AVG AntiVirus (Free)
Avira Android Security (Free)
McAfee Mobile Security ($30)
Bitdefender Mobile Security (Free)
Norton Mobile Security ($30)
Antivirus On Android: Do You Really Need It?
There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about antivirus (or anti-malware) apps on Android, so in this video I add to the confusion and give you my opinion =) on whether or not its something you “need” to have.
Personally, I don’ think you really need an antivirus app on your phone. But at the same time, it doesn’t hurt to have it there either. The reason you don’t need it is because if your afraid of downloading a virus app and you download from Google Play, Google already filters the malicious ones out.
On the other hand, if you download from non-market sources, then I’d go with one just in case. But honestly, the good anti-virus apps out there offer more than just protection from malicious apps. They offer things like GPS location tracking, remote lock, alerts, etc.
That’s the main reason why I decided to download avast! on my phone. Regardless of what anti-virus app you download (there are plenty, like Lookout, AVG, Norton, etc), I’d recommend sticking with the free ones cause I don’t think its worth it to spend money on something you probably don’t even need.