Smartphones and tablets are a frequent target for hackers, who may damage devices or take personal information. Antivirus software protects devices from malware and corrupted applications. Many of the top antivirus programs include additional features that help keep your phone or tablet safe. Some of these features include the ability to manage passwords as well as a virtual personal network (VPN), and even an app lock that requires a passcode in order to open the apps. Some devices have the ability to locate your device in case it is lost or stolen.
Some applications are free, but some offer a paid version that includes features like a VPN and identity theft protection. These premium apps cost between $15 and $30 a year. Some also provide a yearly subscription, which gives you unlimited access.
The most well-known antivirus for Android is Norton Mobile Security, which has received top scores in independent lab tests. It comes with many other security features such as an anti-theft system, superb malware detection capabilities, and low use of system resources. It can also identify ransomware and other malware threats, and wipe or secure files. A useful feature called Camera Trap snaps a picture of anyone who is trying to gain access to your phone.
Kaspersky is another top-rated alternative. It has nearly perfect malware detection rates, and it has minimal impact on performance. It also offers a range of security features, like call recommended you read filtering, Wear OS support, and an Wi-Fi network scanner to prevent devices from connecting to unsecured networks. It may not be as feature-rich as the other applications in this roundup, however it is free and has no advertisements.