Anti-Virus For Android: A Look At Your Security Options

Mary from Wisconsin writes:

I would like your advice on anti virus software for Android tablet. 

Great question Mary.

The security question for Android phones and tablets is an important one.  All of the apps in the Google Play store are supposed to be vetted to make sure they don’t contain malicious content, but with over a million apps, there could be some troublesome ones in the mix.  And with more and more people using Android tablets and phones for online activities like shopping and banking, Android devices make a pretty nice target.

Let’s take a look at what’s available over in the Google Play Store.  Let’s type security in the search box.

You’ll see the same names that you find when searching for PC protection. Names like AVG, AVAST and McAfee…

Or Kapersky and Norton.

Some apps like AVG and AVAST are free.

Others like Norton are free to download, but have a fee if you want to unlock all of the features. For example, Norton will run you $29.99 a year for the premium version.

These programs will scan you apps and memory cards for malicious content and also automatically scan newly installed apps for issues. They will also screen text message for your phone and many of these programs offer anti-theft measures that help you locate your device if it is stolen. AVG features a camera trap that will automatically take a picture of anyone who incorrectly enters a password into your phone three times.

Rather that recommend a particular program, I will tell you to read the reviews and see what other users have to say. Each Android device is a little different and an app that works best for one, may not be the very best for another Android device.

If you are happy with your PC security software and that company also makes an Android app, I’d suggest giving it a try unless you see a whole lot of poor user reviews.

But the good news is that most of the well-know apps have great ratings from users. Kapersky, Norton, AVG & AVAST all have 4.5 out of 5 star ratings and McAfee has 4 stars. I’ll also do a little crowdsourcing here and ask readers to comment about which Android security software they’ve had the best experience with and any troubles they’ve encountered as well.

 ~ Cynthia

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