5 top-rated antivirus and security apps for Android smartphones and tablets

5 top-rated antivirus and security apps for Android smartphones and tablets
According to cyber security companies, nearly 100% of mobile malware is found on Android phones. And indeed, with so many people online using their droids to surf the web, shop, and share moments and data from their personal life, it's hardly surprising that the platform is ripe with malicios adverts and apps targeting unsuspecting users. Despite Google's best efforts in securing the operating system, no code can be one hundred percent bulletproof. Which is why everyone can benefit from installing an antivirus or security app and get themselves some peace of mind.

There are many choices for cyber security apps, and the top-rated ones mostly come from companies with long years of experience in securing desktop operating systems. That's just a fancier way of saying that whatever antivirus or firewall app you're using on your personal computer, chances are you will find a version of it developed from the ground-up for smartphones and tablets. Most of the time, the applications are completely free as well, which makes installing them all the more inviting!

So here they are, five top-shelf Android security apps by reputable companies which you can use to protect your device and data from malicious code, intrusion attempts, fishing, app privilege abuse, and other cyber baddies – for free.

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18 Comments

1. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Don't install antivirus, booster, cleaner, optimizer, saver... or any other bs software that will slow down your phone and is not needed! That's the best advice I can give you.

2. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I never install any security app and I do watch porn occasionally LOL. My phone never has any malwares at all like people claimed Android has too many malware's blah blah bla .

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

it exists, there is a reason android is a billion dollar a year + virus/malware playground. I haven't gotten a virus on my pc, doesn't mean they don't exist, and no I don't run a virus program either.

15. Pabliell

Posts: 172; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The viruses on Android work just like every other app, you install it and give permission to do their job, then they steal your data. The keyword is: you have to install it first. Just read the permissions while installing and you're perfectly safe.

3. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

CM does it swiftly.. These apps may not be very necessary but they come in handy while cleaning system junks, application management and movement..

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I recommend no root and CM...but does one really need antivirus software?

12. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Imo no root is the only worthy app in this list. Others are lagware.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

CM is horrible. As soon as we uninstall it, all phones work tons better. Do not, do not, do not recommend anything by Cheetah Mobile

9. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Well it has integrated App-lock and Private Browser that auto open when you're navigating adult websites on your casual browser. And also detect dangerous websites.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I don't care what it integrates...its horrible. I have to clean phones out with this crap software literally daily. And it always coincides from the customer from the date they installed the app that their phone got worse, then they do the booster, then the battery, then the....its horrible. By the time their done they have crap software with 5 different apps all fighting the OS. Use private browsing and be done with it, visit xnxx.com and be done with virus for porn.

16. Krjal

Posts: 402; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Agreed. Cheetah Mobile is a blight on mobile software. Their every app is just a front for spyware. I wish phonearena would stop promoting those frauds.

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

There's an even better antivirus for Android - COMMON SENSE! It only takes using your head and not being blindly accepting of antivirus apps and cleaners that do harm to your system! They're basically Juice Cleansers in that they're completely a scam!

11. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

^This. All these cleaners and antivirus apps do is make the phone slow and eat the battery. Stick to playstore and trusted sites only.

10. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

i used avast on my pc and it works good , but on my g4 the phone always show me that it drains the battery 2% per hour

13. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I uninstalled antivirus as i found out it take 11mb of ram and has no purpose at all. Only cleaning thing i use Advanced task killer,must have on any android phone i owned.

14. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

After I installed Cm10 on Nexus 7 I have been attacked by Malware. It's a pain. Lookout doesn't seem to catch it either. May try one of these. Only if lolliflop didn't kill the tablet to start with.

17. egyptian3030

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

What about AVG, I see it is very powerful App and I got some attacks in last 3 months and it do it work as well.

19. JohanP

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

Before install any app always must to read the permissions this is a first. But is good to have install any security app on your phone because to many people today use a smartphone and have to many sealers which tray to steal your information from your phone. So its time to install any of this antivirus which have here on phones arena in this review i thing is good to have or also i fined here new review for antivirus also you can seehttp://fanyit.com/problems-solutions-it/security-apps-for-android-phone/

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