Protecting your phone from harmful software is paramount especially when you have important information on your Android device. With several options on the play store you can always find something for your Android phone or tablet — but few of these are free. While some give free features, most leave the more important features at a premium or subscription basis.
But does your Android device need a virus scanner anyway? This is still an ongoing endless debate but for now and we’re going to look at 5 apps that are available in the Google Play Store for free. Most of the virus and malware scanning apps are multi -purpose, you can also use them as app managers, app locks, privacy controls, phone finder, remote wipe and more.
This is name is no stranger to desktop PC users, Bitdefender brought its renown antivirus to Android with Bitdefender Antivirus Free. You will not need to configure this app, just install and you are good to go. Using the same scanning software as Bitdefender Mobile Security, the app gives you confidence that your phone will be protected 24/7. Unlike other apps, this won’t slow down your device since much of the work is done in the cloud.
With the free version, features like find my phone, browser protection and remote lock, are missing but if you feel you need them, you could opt for the paid version.
This is a simple app that offers a great set of tools that will keep your Android device protected from malware and other infected apps. Scanning via the app will alert you to malware, spyware, trojans, and other malicious code, and alert you so you can act accordingly.
It is also a good privacy manager that shows a breakdown of your installed application’s privileges as well as a security audit that shows any vulnerabilities on your device.
When used with its basics, Comodo Security & Antivirus will protect your device from viruses and unsafe apps — but it also offers a set of tweaks to help you boost your device’s speed. The app has the ability to scan your device 27/4 thanks to its “always on” mode hence protecting it from viruses. You can also use it for Privacy Protection, as a Privacy Advisor to notify you on app permissions, SMS and Call Blocking, Traffic Monitoring, Backup and more.
If your device is stolen or lost, Comodo helps you set up Anti-Theft codes which allow you to perform actions on your device remotely. You can activate the codes via SMS to do things like locate your device, sound an alarm, take a photo, or even wipe your device. How cool is that? I think this is a must have security app.
This is not only antivirus protection app, but also an AppLock feature for securing your apps, settings, and media files. You can also use it as a phone booster, it also has anti-theft features like find my phone, and safe browsing to protect you from malicious web pages.
With the AppLock feature, you can lock specific apps from preying eyes so apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or Viber will be secure. As a bonus you can also lock settings on your device, or protect media files like photos and video with the CM security app.
The last app that I will recommend, is the 360 Security – Antivirus Boost that comes with a lot of functionality. Apart from offering real-time virus protection, it also cleans and speed up your device to keep it running in tip-top shape. All installed apps, new apps and memory card content are scanned— to make sure you don’t install any harmful software. It can also help you cleans out junk files (large and unused files) and frees up memory with just one tap.
360security also has built-in anti-theft features like find my phone, alarm, remote lock and more, should your device be lost or stolen.
[signoff predefined=”Custom Signoff Box” icon=”pencil”]Note: Viruses and malware are technically not the same thing. There are no true “viruses” for Android devices. In this post we have interchangeably used the terms virus and Malware. These apps are paramount especially when you notice something weird on your phone.[/signoff]