If you want to protect your Android phone with an anti-virus app, you must follow one simple rule

If you want to protect your Android phone with an anti-virus app, you must follow one simple rule
A company called AV comparatives issued a report (via Engadget) after testing 250 anti-malware apps for Android phones. The company found that 68% of these apps were practically useless. 80 of the apps were able to detect at least 30% of malicious apps from last year without registering any false alarms. The testing revealed that the legit anti-virus apps that caught most of the malware came from developers you might know such as (in alphabetical order) AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec.

32 of the apps have already been pulled from the Google App Store during the two months since the testing was completed. AV comparatives says that most of the 32 were "developed either by amateur programmers or by software manufacturers that are not focused on the security business." Some of these developers just wanted to have a security app in their app portfolio, according to AV. The latter suggested that Android users avoid security apps that don't have a website address and only show an email address (usually from Gmail or Yahoo mail) in the Google Play Store because that usually signals an app made by amateurs.

AV tested the anti-virus apps in January using Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets running Android 8.0 Oreo. Anti-virus apps that didn't run on Oreo were tested on Nexus 5 units running Android 6.0.1. The testing was conducted over Wi-Fi and the goal of these apps was to detect 2,000 malicious APKs versus 100 clean APKs. According to AV, "detection rates of between 90% and 100% should be easily achieved by genuine and effective anti-malware apps." Ironically, the legit anti-virus apps flagged some of the bogus ones.

If your smartphone is important to you, stick with anti-virus apps from developers you've heard of. And you should make it a rule not to install apps from unknown developers, or those apps that have a number of questionable comments posted on the Play Store.

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9 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Dont need an antivirus if you have any common sense at all.

2. JCASS889

Posts: 465; Member since: May 18, 2018

Exactly, I've had 88 different phones over 10 years and not once ever had a virus or malware.

3. miketer

Posts: 496; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

88 phones? 9 phones a year?

4. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Sounds about right for me. I try almost every major flagship that gets released. iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Xperia, HTC U, Huawei Mate and Huawei P. Sometimes a few not available in Canada, like the Vivo Nex S, Oppo Find X, and Xiaomi Mi Mix.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

All of your time must be wasted in switching to new devices then? So when do you work then to afford all these devices?

9. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Says the person who advocates downloading pirated music and not pay even a few dollars per month for subscription. I mean seriously! How much lies?

5. Mike88

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Do anything you want, install any anti virus,, your Android phone will never be safe because Google itself is the theif

6. Onespot

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Blah blah blah

7. Ichimoku

Posts: 137; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

My antivirus is Play Protect.

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