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7 Best Security Apps on Google Play

If you own any device, you understand the importance of protecting it from malicious apps and third-party actors. Being open-source and widely-used, Android is often targeted by bad actors looking to steal your personal, banking, or other types of information. Protecting yourself goes further than protecting yourself from malicious apps and files and includes being aware of unsafe websites, emails, and phishing attacks. The following list of security apps includes those that provide all-round protection for everything on your phone, including what you do on your phone.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Android

Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the best antivirus software options for your computer and you can now install it on your Android phone. This app comes with malware scanning, anti-theft, and location detection features.

Its malware scanner scans files and apps for viruses and malicious code. It also scans incoming data to protect you from online threats. Its anti-theft feature includes app locking, remote data wipes, camera capture, and a remote alarm when the phone is stolen.

By using Kaspersky Internet Security for Android’s Find My Phone Feature, you can locate your phone on Kaspersky’s website, on their desktop app, or your smartwatch. This feature also allows you to lock your phone in case it gets stolen.

The one caveat you should be aware of is that Kaspersky somewhat cripples the free app and has a paid option that has even more functionality.

WOT Mobile Security Check & Website Protection

If you want to know if a website is safe before visiting it, there is no better app to help you do that than WOT. WOT scans websites before you visit them with data from over 140 million users using machine learning algorithms. WOT goes further by scanning Wi-Fi networks before you connect to them to ensure they are safe and to protect you from man-in-the-middle attacks.

WOT can also scan the apps and files on your phone to let you know if you have installed dangerous apps or downloaded malicious files. Also, WOT can help you build a list of websites to a blacklist that can be used in conjunction with their parental control options to protect you and your kids from adult content.

WOT safe browsing works with both Firefox and Google Chrome to protect you from online threats for optimal web safety.

Bitdefender Antivirus

Bitdefender Antivirus does one thing and does it well; it protects your phone from spyware, viruses, and ransomware. Using this is very easy as all you have to do is install it and tap the scan button. Once the initial scan is done and appropriate actions are taken, the app runs in the background to scan files and apps in real-time.

The Bitdefender Antivirus free app does not come with other protections such as account security, anti-theft, or safe browsing tools but it remains a powerful antivirus and antimalware engine.

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security has a lot of great security tools for Android but the one we are interested in is their theft protection tools. These include capture cam, which takes a picture from the front-facing camera if someone tries to break into your phone, GPS location to find stolen or lost phones, and remote wiping so your sensitive data does not end up in the hands of bad actors.

The free option of the app also comes with device optimization features and malware scanning. The more robust paid option includes an ad blocker as well as a Virtual Private Network.

LastPass

LastPass is not an antivirus but it does one thing really well – it helps you secure your passwords. LastPass helps you generate secure passwords and store them, auto-filling the apps you use so that you never have to remember or type a password ever again. It is a security app in the sense that no one can look at your passwords while you type them, and if the day comes when keyboard loggers come to Android phones, you will already be protected.

Avira Antivirus

Although Avira Antivirus provides real-time malware protection, it does a lot more. The main reason why it made it to this list is because of its focus on privacy. Its privacy-focused features include a password manager that helps track how apps are accessing and using your personal data, alerting you if your password has been detected in a data breach, and app lock protection for your sensitive apps.

It also comes with theft protection tools and a VPN that allows up to 100MB per day.

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus, as with other apps on this list, provides virus and malware protection, location services, and browser safety. That is not our main focus though because ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus also comes with phishing protection. This feature works in the background, protecting you from phishing attacks by preventing you from visiting phishing websites.

Malware as well as other types of protection are important considering how important our mobile phones have become. You have a wide selection of mobile security apps to choose from, and all of them offer different features and stand out for their own reasons. However, remember to choose one that comes with all the features you need without having to pay for their premium counterparts.

 

Staff Writer at CPO Magazine