Technology is a great power, and as such it is a great responsibility for users. Sadly, all power occasionally comes to misuse, and the cyber attacks that have plagued personal computers for years found its way to the smartphones that we use today. Our Android phones are vulnerable to such cybercrime as theft of personal data, invasion of privacy, or device malfunction, and this is especially true for phones running on an older version of the Android OS. If you want to keep your handheld safe and secured from catching a malicious file, check out one of the top 5 Antivirus apps for Android 2015:
Currently reigning at the top of the list is CM Security Antivirus Applock which boasts of being the top ranked mobile Antivirus by a credited organization from Germany, which speaks volumes about just how easy it is for users to secure their devices with this one app. You only need to tap one button to scan your whole device, and resolving all found issues are automatically handled by CM Security. What’s more is that it can also enhance your privacy with features like Applock, where you can set a patter for certain apps and snap a photo of someone who gets the pattern wrong twice, and Vault for storing photos.
360 Security is the close runner up app for your choice of phone virus protection. You may get the idea that this is a speed booster first, a cache cleaner second and then an antivirus, but sure enough, it does what it needs to do with efficiency and in a short amount of time. Aside from barring entry for phone viruses, you can also filter which calls and texts go through your phone, monitor your mobile data consumption, protect your apps with a pattern lock, and more! Battery draining too quickly and phone not running too smooth? This one got you covered.
AVG Antivirus Security Free is an app from one of the best-known names in the field. Choosing this one will ensure a strong safeguard against viruses although you have to buy the Pro version to add other benefits such as a camera trap and app lock, even the I-wish-this-was-included-in-the-free-version function device lock which bars the phone from use when the sim card is replaced with a different one; very good for such scenarios as theft. Nonetheless, it is one of the viable choices with which you can protect your android phone. The first scan is noticeably slow but the succeeding ones will be much faster.
Avast is another famous player in the market, and Mobile Security & Antivirus is their solution for phone-corrupting apps, spyware, and websites with a history of unwanted content. It also features remote transfering of SMS and other important files, taking a picture or a sound recording once the lock has been tried to force open, or a siren-like alarm once it has exited a user-specified area using GPS which is a feature called Geo-fencing; although you will have to purchase the Premier version for these latter functionality. A rooted phone allows for a reliable firewall from the app as well.
Coming from yet another renowned developer is Kaspersky Internet Security, which brings a focus on threats that come from the web (which by the way is the most possible origin of a virus). This app scans every link you visit and censors or automatically blocks those that contain malware, spyware, trojans, and other types of harmful viruses for your phone, and even performs this function on the SMS that you receive! The app itself may use up a larger storage space than its peers but with it comes a lot of security features for your phone.
You may think that your phone is safe since you only visit trusted sites or do not usually surf the web that much, but don’t be caught off-guard since there are plenty of other ways to plant malicious software on your phone such as through an installed app or an offline file transfer.