May 04

Top 5 Mobile antivirus and security apps for android phones

Android Security Apps

In the past, cell phones have by and large been considered the safest form of communication technology in the market, but with the increasing usage of cell phones to access the Internet, phones have been left quite vulnerable and at the mercy of hackers and spammers.

It is for these reasons that more and more developers are pooling their resources into developing security applications that can provide the best protection for cell phone users. With every cell phone user requiring some form of protection from malware and threats to their identity, the market for security apps is a big one indeed.

We will be counting down the five most effective and popular security apps available on the Android platform.

lookout mobile anti virusLookout Mobile Security

This popular app offers Android users a free version that entails protection against loss, hackers and theft, with a tall claim of being energy efficient and not draining batteries. Its free features include its antivirus security service, the facility of scanning each downloaded application, the feature of scheduling daily or weekly scans and a system that allows monitoring of files. It also allows its users to locate lost and stolen phones using Google map, while also managing to offer the facility of securely backing up users’ contacts and restoring them to any existing mobile device.

The premium functions, which can be enjoyed for a free trial, provide safe browsing, remote lock and wipe to protect in case of phone theft, a privacy advisor and an advance backup feature.

avast free mobile antivirusAvast Mobile Security

Another popular option available for protecting your phone is Avast Mobile Security. This app allows users to personal data with automatic virus scans and infected-URL alerts. It also provides the option of adding a firewall for rooted phones. Uniquely, the app allows users to control anti-theft with remote SMS commands for: history wipe, phone lock, siren activation, GPS tracking, audio monitoring. The application performs on-demand scans of all installed apps and memory card content, as well as on-access scans of apps upon first execution. Options are also available for users to schedule scans, update virus definitions, uninstall apps, delete files, or report a false-positive to the app developer’s virus lab.

Along with all these features the developer has given users who download the app a feature for filtering SMSs and calls, an app manager and a web shield.

AVG mobile anti virusAVG mobile anti virus

AVG Antivirus has become one of the most popular free antivirus software for computers and it has seen equal fame with phone users. The app, available on both cell phones and tablets, automatically detects harmful apps and SMSs.

The app is a free mobile security solution that helps protects phones from viruses, malware, spyware & online exploitation in real-time, while allowing users to find and locate stolen phones via Google Maps. It also provides users with features like Lock and Wipe and a task manager.

norton antivirus for android


One of the biggest names in security software, Norton is widely used by phone users in general and Android users in particular. Norton Mobile Security looks to protect devices against loss, theft and malware. It provides free antimalware protection that eliminates viruses and malware before they infect phone while detecting and removing mobile security threats used by cyber criminals to steal personal info and for spamming. It allows a remote lock feature that remotely locks a phone if it is stolen or lost.

The full version of the app allows users to remotely locate, lock and wipe phones if they are lost or stolen. It also allows users to enable an instant SIM lock on phones if the SIM card is removed, to prevent a thief from using another card on the phone, along with an array of useful features that are aimed at beefing up the security of cell phones.

NQ mobile ant virus for androidNQ Mobile Security & Antivirus

Rounding up our list of the best security apps available on the Android platform is NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus; a free app that protects phones against malware, spyware and viruses while also offering features aimed at protecting phones from hackers.

The key features offered in the free version of the app are antivirus and security protection services, a network manager, a traffic manager that provides real-time updates on data usage to ensure users don’t go above and beyond their plan limits, privacy protection, system optimization features and backup and restore features, among others.

Author Bio: Beth has been playing with mobile phone spy software for as long as cell phone spys have existed. She’s tested and reviewed every cell phone spy app that’s ever hit the cellular world. She writes regularly about her findings to alert readers of what’s in and what’s out when it comes to cell phone spies.



  1. Edward

    Great article. Are their any iPhone alternatives?

    1. Hi Edward,

      I think Intego(virus barrier iOS) do anti virus for the iPhone and there is Symantec Mobile Management I believe. To be honest Im not sure of any others but if I hear of any I will pop them in a comment 😉

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