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Last updated: 06 April 2018

Mobile malware is not only increasing constantly, it's the fastest-growing category of malicious software. We compare Android-based security programs to help find the best mobile antivirus software to protect your smartphone and tablet.

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This test covers mobile security programs for Android OS mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Testing of Android-based security programs for smartphones and tablets is done by independent security test lab AV-Test Institute, which gives every program a thorough workout to help you find the Android apps that:

  • are the easiest to use
  • are best at protecting your mobile from virus infection
  • have a limited system impact.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands provide key security features such as remote locking and erasing of data, safe browsing and parental controls. Our Recommended products will help you see quickly which programs come out on top.

Please note: these apps are sourced from the Google Play Store and all are free to install. However, while the price is $0, some apps may contain ads and some may require additional in-app purchases for full functionality, while some others will give you a full trial of the product for a limited time before requiring purchase.

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Price as listed in April 2018 on Google Play Store. Where the price is $0, the app can be downloaded free but some apps may contain ads and some may require additional in-app purchases for full functionality.

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Parental controls

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Features to control or observe the activity of children on the device.

Encryption

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Includes device encryption, SD card encryption, VPN.

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Malware protection effectiveness

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System impact score

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The extent to which running the software affects overall performance.

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Call blocker

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Blocks calls from specific or unknown numbers.

Message filter

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Weeds out messages and/or emails for unwanted content.

Safe browsing

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Protects against malicious websites and/or phishing.

Remote lock

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An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely lock your device.

Remote wipe

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An anti-theft feature that lets you remotely wipe data from your phone.

Backup

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Personal data can be saved to SD card or cloud storage.

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  • Remote lock
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