Best Security Apps for Android in 2018
Android is the most commonly used operating system in the world and Android-powered devices are the perennial target of malware.
Having the best security apps and antivirus programs installed on your devices is a no-brainer, and you could do a lot worse than picking one of the apps that have made their way on our list of 10 of the best antivirus tools for Android in 2018.
Avast Mobile Security
Avast has put in a lot of effort to develop an app that does much more than many of its counterparts out there.
This free version of this app includes several interesting features including a call blocker, firewall and an anti-theft feature that will allow you to lock or completely wipe your Android device in case it gets lost or stolen.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free
Bitdefender’s free antivirus program is renowned for being extremely lightweight, as it does not operate in the background to put additional strain on your device’s resources.
This feature does allows the program to free up system resources and conserve battery life, but it also means that you will need to schedule scans yourself in order to protect the system against malware.
The program does automatically scan all newly downloaded apps and requires no additional configuration once it has been installed on a device.
A former winner of the AV-Test award for best protection of mobile devices, Antiy AVL is equipped with the standard antivirus database as well as a scanner that can detect any executable file trying to infiltrate your system.
It also features an anti-phishing property that prevents harmful websites from loading on your device in addition to a call blocker that stops malicious numbers from contacting you in the first place.
Much like the Bitdefender Antivirus, this app is also light on resources, which greatly helps in extending the battery life.
McAfee Security & Power Booster Free
Apart from the antivirus scanner itself, the app features tracking and lock/wipe capability in case your device is stolen.
McAfee is also capable of blocking access to malicious websites and scanning apps to determine whether they leak sensitive information.
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Kaspersky’s free version of its security app has a stellar reputation amongst users because of its impressive malware detection rate of 99%.
It acts proactively and prevents infections from happening in the first place by blocking any malicious sites even before clicking your way through to them.
Sophos Free Antivirus and Security
A 2015 winner of the AV-Test award for best protection, Sophos’ free antivirus scans apps as they are installed which allows for early detection of malware trying to leak sensitive information.
Sophos’ database is updated daily, and the app can be scheduled to scan files and folders periodically.
Another awesome feature that comes with it is the handy QR code scanner which is used for setting up secure Wi-Fi connections.
Norton Security and Antivirus
A recently conducted AV-Test has found that Norton’s free app is able to detect 100% of all Android malware.
Powered by Norton Mobile insight, the app’s scanner is great at detecting deeply rooted viruses before removing them from the system automatically.
Its impressive array of security features also includes the option to have your phone locked in case it gets lost or stolen, or after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter the correct code.
Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus
Featuring a built-in privacy scanner for Facebook and parental control options, Trend Micro is right up there with the best antivirus for Android in 2018.
Some of the features available on the paid version also include a malware blocker capable of scanning apps before they are even installed as well as call and text filtering.
AhnLab V3 Mobile Security
It might not be as famous as others on this list, but AhnLab’s security app boasts a malware detection rate of 99.6%, which is up there with the best.