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Protecting Android from viruses and theft

Threats against mobile devices are growing. In 2012 alone, more than 40,000 malware variants were reported for Android, the operating system most affected by this type of pest. That's why it's important to maintain a mobile security suite, which also helps you prevent other problems such as data loss, total device loss and even theft. Some apps even help you control your monthly data connection deductible. We have reviewed various security apps, both free and paid.

Lookout Security & Antivirus

Indicated for:

Who needs a reliable antivirus, a privacy scanner and basic backup tools – the most advanced are paid.

Lookout is a free app with some paid features. That is, you can continue to use it without paying anything unless you need backup and remote lockout capabilities for a lost device. Other than that, it offers good antivirus protection, with excellent detection rate, and an interesting app analyzer, which checks for possible privacy issues with each installed app.

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TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security

Indicated for:

People who make sure of the reliability of the applications they will install.

TrustGo is fully application-focused, including whether they are company certified and secure even before downloading. It also has an alarm and screen lock feature in case of loss or theft of the device and a backup tool, all without the need to pay for a license.

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Dr. Web Antivirus Light

Indicated for:

Who just wants an antivirus, basic, easy to use and without complications.

Dr. Web is just an antivirus, meaning no extra features like antitheft or backup. Still, quite complete and includes an important feature, not always present in other apps of the type: quarantine. Lightweight and super easy to use, Dr. Web is unlikely to allow malicious code to install on your Android.

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avast! Mobile security

Indicated for:

Users who need a complete security solution without spending anything

What's more, Avast includes antivirus scanning, dozens of possibilities for blocking unwanted calls and SMS, and an anti-theft feature that works in perfect harmony with a simple, intuitive and feature-rich web interface. Totally free, Avast leaves nothing to be desired for paid apps.

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AVG Antivrus Free

Indicated for:

People who want a good free security app that don't require complex setups.

AVG has the advantage of being so easy to set up – virtually requires no user intervention. And yet, extremely efficient. It has antivirus, antitheft, call blocking and SMS, privacy control tools and to optimize battery performance. Like Lookout, it's free, but it does include some "premium" features that can be purchased later.

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ESET Mobile Security

Indicated for:

Who is willing to pay to protect your device in every way possible – the app costs $ 31.

ESET Mobile Security is a fully paid security application that offers a free 30-day trial version. Extremely lightweight and intuitive, with many features besides antivirus like antitheft and security auditing. Failure to offer no form of backup or encryption of data.

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There are several security apps in the Android store and the features vary greatly between them. Both paid and free solutions have very similar efficiency levels, but some more complex features are missing in free apps.

Those who only want a good antivirus will not have much difficulty: Dr. Web does a great service without charging anything for it. To prevent theft, you have to look for another alternative, and in this case there are some that are also free, such as avast !, which worked very well.

Extra features like backup, privacy monitor and battery optimization are "plus" features that each app offers in an attempt to convince the user of their adoption. It's up to you to decide what your priorities are and how much you want to spend.