Hackers are targeting tablets and smartphones to steal data or damage them. Antivirus software shields devices from malware and corrupted apps. A lot of the top antivirus programs come with additional features that can help protect your tablet or phone. Some of these features include the ability to manage passwords as well as a virtual personal networks (VPN) and an app lock which requires a passcode in order to access the application. Some devices have mechanisms that allow you to locate your device in the event it is stolen or lost.
Some apps are free, while some offer a paid version that comes with features such as a VPN and identity theft protection. These premium apps typically cost between $15 and $30 annually, and some also have a yearly subscription that gives unlimited access to their services.
Norton Mobile Security is the most popular antivirus app for android. It has received high scores in independent tests and comes with a variety of security features that include an anti-theft option with excellent malware detection capabilities, and a low resource drain. It also detects ransomware, other malware threats, and wipe or encryption of files. A useful feature called Camera Trap snaps a picture of anyone who is trying to get into your phone.
Another top-rated choice is Kaspersky, which has nearly 100% malware detection and has a minimal impact on performance. It offers a variety of security features, like call filtering, and Wear OS support. A Wi-Fi network scan is also available to block devices from connecting to unsecured networks. It’s not as well-equipped like the other apps in this roundup, but there are no advertisements in its free version and very little prompting to upgrade to its premium offering.