Here’s a quick exercise for you. Take a moment to think about much time you spend on your phone. Then, consider how much personal information is contained on it. Finally, how much extra data do you add every day? In short, we’re constantly adding highly sensitive information into our phones (whether on purpose or by accident) – so we need to be extra vigilant with regards to its protection!
One way is to buy yourself a high-security phone. However, given that viruses often spread through user behaviour, you may need to limit the possibility of landing yourself in hot water. We’re not suggesting that you shut off mobile internet access completely and go back to your trusty Nokia 3310! Instead, we’re recommending installing a strong Android antivirus app for another layer of security.
The Nokia 3310, one of the most iconic handsets of all time. No Antivirus needed back then.
But with Google’s flagship OS being inundated with security options, do you really need an Android antivirus in 2019?
Is Antivirus Necessary for Android?
Let’s clarify how secure your Android device is on its own. On the face of it, it’s pretty rigid.
That’s because you can’t install apps from anywhere other than the official Play Store by default. So, that should render Android antiviruses useless, right? Because Google aren’t going to let dodgy apps into their arena. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
It’s common knowledge that a significant number of dubious apps have made their way onto the Play Store, dodging Google’s detection. Furthermore, it’s been reported that a few of these apps have been reuploaded with different names once they’ve been taken down.
Also, if you use additional app libraries – such as Amazon’s Appstore – you have to let your device install from unknown sources. Moreover, you need to keep this activated when installing all Amazon Appstore software. This opens up a world of potential problems – with dodgy websites being able to install suspect .apk installation files in a second.
If one of these viruses – or worse, ransomware – enters your device, it would compromise everything. In the worst cases, you’d barely be able to do anything about it!
Therefore, it’s always good to be protected, so here’s our top 3 antiviruses for Android. All come as a free version, with the option to upgrade to premium if you wish.
What is the Best Antivirus for Android in 2019?
The Norton Security app is a good contender. They are one of the largest brands in the industry, so you can be assured their product is based on many years of experience.
The free version of their app comes with the following:
- Android Antivirus
- Wi-Fi Scanning
- Safe Search
- Call Blocking
- Lost Phone Tracking
Of course, if you upgrade then premium security features will be added.
Norton Mobile Security – Take A Picture
The AVG app is another massively popular brand, and they (like Avast below) started life as a wholly free software company. Their mobile app is packed full of tools which will help your phone stay safe:
- Android Antivirus
- Anti-theft Phone Tracker
- Battery Life Extender
- Anonymous VPN
We think that the average user will be well equipped with the free version. However, those of you who want to pay for pro can also get a Camera Trap, App Lock and more.
Introducing Ransomware Protection for AVG Internet Security
Finally, the last entry is possibly our best Android antivirus app out of all three. It comes from Avast and eclipses the other two in terms of features. So, if you want as much bang for your buck (even though it’s free), this is our favourite.
- Antivirus Engine
- Web Shield
- Wi-Fi Security
- Virus Cleaner
The Web Shield is particularly useful here, as it protects against threats from everyday browser usage. For example, you might not check whether a website offers HTTPS encryption during the transfer of sensitive information.
While big e-commerce giants such as Amazon have this as standard, things such as using your mobile phone bill to fund your gaming sessions or even creating a new account at a forum site might pass you by. With Avast’s Web Shield, it’s always scanning for HTTPS and other deficiencies.
Protect yourself against phishing attacks.
Yet, thanks to Avast boasting many more attributes, this could result in more power, space, and data being taken up.
As such, we recommend checking out each of the apps to see which suits your needs.