High quality malware defenses with an excellent free app
Maximum devices covered: Unlimited (free app)
Stand out features: Anti-theft, Android Wear support
Paid or free: Free
Excellent anti-theft features
Top-notch antivirus protection
Anti-phishing protection is premium version only
Kaspersky has a reputation up there with the big players like Bitdefender, so perhaps unsurprisingly the free version of its security app has some smart features, including top-notch malware detection (going by the ratings from independent test labs).
Not only do you benefit from this tight core antivirus security, but there are also some heavyweight anti-theft capabilities, allowing you to find the location of your Android device if it has been lost or stolen. You can also remotely lock the phone, or wipe the data on it, or even snap a photo of the person currently using the device (which could be really useful if they’re a thief). An alarm can be remotely set off, too (that might be handy if you’ve lost the phone).
Another impressive feature is support for Android Wear which simplifies security management, plus this app is free, as we already mentioned, which is always a major boon. There is a paid version, mind, and some important features are reserved for this.
If you fork out for Kaspersky Internet Security for Android (Premium) you also get automatic antivirus scans (as opposed to having to start them manually), as well as anti-phishing protection to keep you safer online, and a few extra benefits. Still, the freebie version gives you good malware defenses for the princely sum of nothing at all!