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Best Antivirus For Android

Hackers are targeting tablets and smartphones to steal information, or even damage them. Antivirus software guards devices from malware and corrupted applications. A lot of the top antivirus programs contain additional features that aid in protecting your phone or tablet. Some of these features include a password management system as well as a virtual personal network (VPN), and even an app lock that requires a passcode in order to open the apps. Some include an anti-theft system to locate your device if it gets lost or stolen.

Some apps are totally free, while other apps have a paid tier that adds features like a VPN or an identity theft protection service. These premium apps cost between $15 and $30 per year. Some offer a year-long subscription that gives you unlimited access.

Norton Mobile Security is the most popular antivirus app for android. It has been awarded the top scores in independent tests and comes with a host of security features that include an anti-theft feature, excellent malware detection abilities and a low resource drain. It also detects malware threats like ransomware that could erase or encrypt your files. It also comes with the useful feature known as Camera Trap, which snaps the picture of anyone who tries to break into your device.

Another highly rated option is Kaspersky, which boasts almost perfect malware detection rates and a minimal impact on performance. It offers a variety of other security options like call filtering and Wear OS support. A Wi-Fi network scan is available to block devices from connecting with unsecured networks. It’s not as fully featured as other apps listed in this roundup but there are no ads in its free version and very little solicitation to upgrade to its premium version.