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We compare and review 20 mobile malware solutions designed to keep Android devices secure.
Mobile malware is not only on the increase, it's becoming more sophisticated. As sales of mobile devices continue to climb, hackers and malware makers are focusing their efforts on mobile malware, with spyware being particularly prevalent. The good news is that mobile security software generally does a good job, but that's no reason to be complacent.
Independent security test lab AV-Test Institute tested Android-based security programs for smartphones and tablets. Testing focused on realistic test scenarios, including the areas of protection, usability and features.
All the programs we tested are available for download from the Google Play store. Note that although some may appear to be free or low-cost, they may require in-app purchases.
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Computers, Gadgets, Internet, Tablets and personal media devices
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Our test report compares products across these 19 criteria.
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As paid in March 2015 on Google Play Store.
An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely lock your device.
Anti-theft feature that lets you locate your device remotely.
Weeds out messages and/or emails for unwanted content.
Features to control or observe the activity of children on the device.
Includes device encryption, SD card encryption, VPN.
The overall score comprises protection score (46%), system impact score (46%) and additional features score (8%).
App is listed on Google Play Store as having unspecified in-app purchases.
An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely wipe data from your phone.
Blocks calls from specific or unknown numbers.
Protects against malicious websites and/or phishing.
Personal data can be saved to SD card or cloud storage.
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