Great Antivirus that needs some work!
Avast mobile security is one of the most downloaded antivirus apps on the Android market place and for good reason the brand is reliable it has okay test results and it comes with a lot of features that many free antivirus programs just are not able to compete with. However, the program is far from being the best on the market and it seems to be losing speed ever since the release of 360 Mobile Security which is the new rising star in the android antivirus game.
Avast Mobile Security comes with a lot of amazing free features even a fully functional anti theft monitoring which is even able to track the location of your phone and tell you were it is and set off alarms and even able to remotely alert the phone causing it to set of a loud screech to draw attention to the thief. However, it is also a paid app that if you sign up for the premium version you get even more features. Let’s look at what both the free version and the premium version of the app have to offer to us.
MOBILE SECURITY | ANTIVIRUS FOR ANDROID
Antivirus Engine: Virus scanner scans installed apps, memory card content, and new apps automatically upon first use. Schedule automatic scans for when you sleep. Includes SMS/file scanning, for complete mobile protection, also protect against spyware and other forms of malware.
Privacy Report & Apps Manager: Get insights about installed apps and understand your apps’ access rights, intentions, and permissions.
SMS and Call Filter: Retain your privacy. Block numbers you don’t want to be able contact you.
Web Shield: Blocks malware infected links, as well as trojans, adware and spyware (for safe web browsing) and even USSD numbers (which have the ability to wipe your device memory). Also fixes mistyped URLs.
Network Meter: Measures incoming/outgoing data transfers.
Firewall (rooted devices only): Blocks hackers from getting in.
App Locking: Lock any two apps with a PIN/gesture (unlimited in Premium).
Backup: Allows backup of contacts, SMS/call logs, and photos (Premium version provides backup of music, video, and apps).
FIND MY PHONE | ANTI-THEFT FOR ANDROID
The best free mobile phone tracker on the market. If you’re thinking “How can I find my Android?” you can use its cell phone locator features to find it, control it remotely, and much more.
Control your Android remotely via a web-based interface or SMS (to later control your device remotely, go to: http://my.avast.com).
Locate your phone on a map using GPS tracker.
Lock device, activate siren, or wipe memory to keep your private data safe.
Get notification of a SIM card change.
App Locking: Locks an unlimited number of apps.
Ad Detector: Detects ads and provides full details of their tracking systems.
Password Check: Automatically locks after 3 wrong attempts to unlock.
Geo-Fencing: Phone performs specified actions (e.g. lock, siren, send location) when outside of some set perimeter (e.g. you go to a cafe and enable it with a 500m perimeter, so if somebody steals your phone and takes it beyond this perimeter, it triggers your specified actions).
Remote SMS: Remotely send SMS from the phone.
Remote Data Recovery: Remotely retrieve data from the phone.
Remote Identification: Take picture of the thief when he/she tries to unlock it (use front or back camera, with face recognition). Record audio, with voice recognition.
Backup Features: Allows backup of video, audio, and apps (including settings and data for rooted phones, e.g. game progress).
Premium pricing (auto-renewal): $1.99 monthly, or $14.99 yearly.
As you can see the free version comes with a lot of antivirus protection including a file system shield which scans all running files in real-time. That is something we have not seen with many other antivirus apps. However, the paid version is still a lot to be desired it does not seem to be that much of an improvement in comparison to the free version. You do get more backup space however, you can already back up your files freely to Google drive. Most games are already saved to your Google account. You can back up the game information with other free apps to your SD card. So what is the real purpose of the paid version of Avast Mobile Security?
The paid version is more for peace of mind and convenience of the user. Why should you go use Google drive, or some other third-party to store your files when you can get it protected by avast. The idea is that you have a reliable brand name to protect your files and that is why the idea sells so well. Avast mobile security is a great free antivirus app that will keep your phone safe (click for protection scores by av-test). However, it is not the best mobile antivirus on the market (360 Mobile Security claims that title) it does have its place especially with the amount of features that it comes with. I can say that I would recommend Avast Mobile Security to anyone with an unprotected device.
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