With the increasing popularity and adoption of mobile devices, would be attackers have turned their gaze towards these platforms. According to Consumer Reports, roughly 1.6 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft in 2012. Mobile security is important, but with so many options, where should users turn?
In a recent Consumer Reports Security App Review, McAfee Antivirus & Security, Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus and Bit Defender Mobile Security & Antivirus stood out as the best security solutions for mobile users.
McAfee Antivirus & Security
McAfee Antivirus & Security topped Consumer Report’s list, as the app offered excellent locating, locking and wiping phone functionality. The app also allows users to reduce inbox clutter with an anti-spam filter and regulates app usage to specific profiles. For those that want even more security McAfee allows users to lock apps out all together.
While McAfee provides a cornucopia of features, Consumer Reports did note that the app was mediocre at detecting malware. The app service is available for $30 a year.
Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
Avast was noted as the best free application in the report. The security app boasted a top-notch locating and phone wiping features. Avast falls short when it comes to locking devices, due to the ease with which would be attackers could circumvent the lockout. As one neat feature, Avast hides the app’s presence once the device has been reported stolen to prevent the thief from accessing it.
Consumer Reports found that Avast did an admirable job allocating resources while scanning for malware, though the application was only so-so at detecting traces of malware. Avast also provides users with a built-in app manager to see where the device’s resources are being allocated.
BitDefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
While BitDefender isn’t exactly free, Consumer Reports found it to be affordable at only $10 a year. The app wasn’t exceptional at locating lost devices, due to its inability to follow if the GPS is disabled. However, the app boasts impressive wipe and lock functions.
Also, where the other two applications struggled to locate malware, BitDefender excelled. The app can also block malicious websites and it offers an anti-spam feature. Consumer Reports also noted that the app is equipped with an audit feature allowing users to track permissions for various apps and informing users which apps can access billable functions such as calling or text.
Be sure to see the full report for more information on these Mobile Security applications.