Hackers are targeting tablets and smartphones to steal information or harm them. Antivirus software guards devices from malware and corrupted applications. A majority of top antivirus software offers additional features to help keep your device safe. Some of these features include the ability to manage passwords as well as a virtual personal networks (VPN) and an app lock that requires a passcode to open the apps. Some include an anti-theft system to locate your device if it gets lost or stolen.
Some apps are completely free, while others offer a premium tier that offers features such as the use of a VPN or an identity theft protection service. These premium apps generally cost between $15 and $30 annually, and some also have an annual subscription that grants unlimited access to their services.
The most popular antivirus available for Android is Norton Mobile Security, which earned top scores in independent lab tests and offers an array of security features such as an anti-theft program, top malware detection capabilities, and low usage of system resources. It can also identify ransomware and other malware threats, and wipe or encode files. A useful feature is Camera Trap snaps a picture of anyone trying to gain access to your phone.
Another option that is highly rated is Kaspersky, which boasts almost 100% malware detection and a minimal impact on performance. It also provides a range of additional security features such as click resources call blocking, Wear OS support, and an Wi-Fi network scanner to prevent devices from connecting to unsecure networks. It’s not as comprehensive as some of the other apps in this roundup, but there are no ads in the free version and very little nagging to upgrade to its premium offering.