Mc Afee scored an impressive 99.9% in AV-Test’s latest real-time protection test, and the same for general malware detection.
It doesn’t make any sense to pay for Mc Afee, but if you’re looking for a free antivirus option it’s a great choice.
Most Android security apps let you PIN-protect applications and settings, so even if someone manages to unlock your phone, they can’t get into your email or make phone calls without knowing your secret code.
And while some features may need to be unlocked with a paid subscription, most apps will provide basic malware protection for free – so there’s no excuse for going unprotected.
Here’s a rundown of our favourite Android antivirus apps, with real-world malware detection scores courtesy of
Taken together, these measures make it much harder for malware to sink its teeth into your smartphone.
You can do your bit by keeping an eye on what permissions your installed apps are requesting: if a simple game is saying it needs to be able to read your email and make phone calls, that’s a red flag.
To be fair, you can also do this via Google’s Android Device Manager web page, as well as remotely locking and erasing a missing device.
These suites often go further, however: for example, you can silently capture a photo of whoever’s using the phone, to identify the thief, or receive a warning if the SIM is replaced, so you know if someone’s trying to claim your phone as their own.While it’s impossible to say for certain just how much mobile malware is out there, researchers agree that the overwhelming majority of it targets Android.Sorry, you can’t stay safe by simply sticking to the straight and narrow.Most antivirus apps will scan new software as soon as it’s installed on your phone, and warn you immediately if it’s recognised as malicious.The same applies to installations from Google Play: in principle these should be more trustworthy, but there are plenty of instances of viruses being distributed via Google’s own app store.As well as on-installation scanning, many antivirus apps will also carry out real-time scanning, to keep an eye on software as it runs.