Most people believe that antivirus software is just needed on Windows PCs or laptops. However, it’s also necessary on Android phones. Hackers are always finding new ways to infect your phone with malware that could take your identity and cause chaos. They can also turn your phone into a spying device for criminals. Google Play is doing its best to get rid of viruses, but a lot of applications still slip through. An antivirus application is an excellent idea since it can scan your entire device and alert you to suspicious messages sites, Wi-Fi networks and websites, plus offer the ability to prevent theft that allows you to locate your device that was stolen and wipe the data on it remotely.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch protection features, scoring full marks in the latest AV Test review and earning a high score from the AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It’s more than just a scan for malware, though: you get an App Advisor that warns you about risky applications before you download them, and other useful features such as the ability to clean up junk files and a privacy booster that can improve performance and Wi-Fi scanners to ensure your data is secure.

AVG’s free Android antivirus is a top-quality product that goes beyond a scan of apps and files. It also comes with a host of other useful tools, including an anti-theft feature that can identify a device, take a photo of the person who took it, and remotely wipe its data, a junk-file cleaner, a performance boost and a WiFi scanner which ensures you are not being targeted by your wireless provider or overloaded. It’s not the slickest interface however, its antivirus detection scores are impressive.

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