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The Best Free Antivirus Apps For Android

Oct 31, 2013 12:08 PM EDT

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Android platform security is crucial. Over the past year, security protection for Android devices has been a significant priority for users. Practicing risk management can prevent you from the vulnerabilities of emerging security threats and risks. Data security and breaches are now a well known fact. The large number of data breaches still exists with little public knowledge. A great majority of such attacks can be prevented through implementing basic security measures.  It may cost an organization up to millions of dollars to protect all their data.

Below is a list of the best free antivirus apps for Android:

Norton Security Antivirus

Norton Security Antivirus is a trusted brand in security. For mobile users, the mobile version software Norton Mobile Security allows Android users to know where their device is all the time. Data information could also be completely removed. Users can set a "scream alarm” and take snapshots from the device to identify potential hackers. Android devices could be locked. This version is available as a $29.99/year subscription,

Avast! Mobile Security Antivirus

Avast! Software provides high-end security for Android smartphone and tablet devices. The antivirus software can detect dangerous apps, notify of potential threats and includes anti-theft. The web-based phone locate feature installed can notify Android users of a lost phone. Its anti-theft capabilities ensure data safety. Users can conduct virus scan even while they sleep. The popular antivirus app is available for free download at the Google Play Store.

Avast! Software

Mobile Security & Antivirus

Mobile Security & Antivirus by Trend Micro offers privacy protection, data backup and social media antivirus protection using Facebook privacy. The software also allows Android users to detect malicious apps. According to Av-test.org, Trend Micro Mobile Security is at a 99.9 percent detection rate. Mobile Security & Antivirus is a free version which includes a Anti-virus scanner, privacy scanner for Facebook and 50MB cloud storage. A premium version is also available. Trend Micro’s antivirus software is known for its cloud capabilities and actively protects against 250 million threats daily.

AVG Antivirus for Android

AVG Antivirus for Android security application is LG Optimus U running on Android 2.2 Froyo. AVG Antivirus will scan for malicious apps and a required registration is not required to run. Version 2.5 uses 1.3MB. A remote locking and locating device feature helps users recover their Android devices. In severe circumstances, the software has remote wipe function capabilities to safely secure data.

Mobile systems are one of the most vulnerable systems to be attacked. According to Juniper Networks Global Threat Center, “When anyone can develop and publish an application to the Android™ Market a 472 percent increase in Android™ malware samples developed since July 2011." It is important to choose trusted antivirus apps to protect your Android devices. Malware should properly identify active and threatening variables on Android

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