Well-featured with tight security – the best Android antivirus app
Maximum devices covered: 1 | Stand out features: Anti-theft, privacy advisor
Free or paid: Paid
Excellent antivirus protection
Great anti-theft capabilities
Clever tie-in with smartwatch
Cloud-based scanning needs active internet connection
Mobile Security from Bitdefender offers excellent protection for your Android device, with a raft of features including anti-theft, and top-notch antivirus capabilities. In fact, this android antivirus mobile app got full marks in the latest AV-Test roundup, and AV-Comparatives (the other major independent antivirus test lab) observed a protection rate of 99.9%. That’s impressive indeed.
Mobile Security gives you real-time protection for Google’s Chrome browser, and an autopilot feature that claims to be capable of making intelligent recommendations for security actions depending on your system and typical usage pattern.
There’s also a nifty privacy advisor tool that adds a layer of security to your smartwatch via its WearOn technology, which alerts you if you accidentally leave your phone behind – clever stuff.
Another interesting extra is a bundled VPN, although don’t get too excited. The provided version is restricted to extremely light use at just 200MB daily, but still, that could be useful in a pinch.
As mentioned, there are anti-theft capabilities here, and Bitdefender Mobile Security allows you to remotely locate and lock your device, or send a message to the phone or tablet (which could be very useful if you’ve lost it). It’s also possible to completely wipe the device remotely if you so choose.
There are a lot of features on offer here, then, and the asking price is more than reasonable to cover a single Android device for a year (plus if you want to give the app a spin before you buy, there’s a 14-day free trial available).