security

Sophos Security And Antivirus review

Though it's freeware, Sophos Security And Antivirus packs up all the security features you need for your smartphone in an appealing interface, offering the same level of protection that many paid apps do. This is a great security suite.

Pros

Feature-packed: Sophos Security And Antivirus has it all, from a speedy scanner that can handle 3,436 files in around one minute, to a handy Privacy Advisor for quick app management, to Loss & Theft and Spam Protection, two features which are not offered for free but sold by many popular security apps. What's more, the app features … Read more

Panda Security & Antivirus review

Panda Security & Antivirus does deliver good protection, as it promises, offering a Quick and a Full scanner as well as real-time monitoring and several other useful device management tools. But because of its slow scanning and landscape mode interface it may not appeal to everyone. What's more, it doesn't make it clear that it's a seven-day trial until after you've installed it.

Pros

Reliable and effective: Both the manual scanning and the real-time app and download monitoring work well, identifying threats and removing them without slowing down your system or nagging you with constant notifications.… Read more

Mobile Security & Antivirus review

ESET's Mobile Security & Antivirus feels like a polished security app all around, but the free version lacks essential functions like scheduled scans, auto database updates, and device monitoring, making it an incomplete security app. If you really want complete protection, you have to buy a costly license.

Pros

Fast scanning: In our tests on a Nexus 7 tablet, Mobile Security & Antivirus scanned 53 apps in 17 seconds and performed a deep scan of 49,902 files in an impressive 53 seconds. While the speed of the scanning depends a lot on your processor, it's safe to … Read more

Lookout Mobile Security review

Lookout Mobile Security provides complete data and anti-theft protection, being a one-stop security solution for your smartphone or tablet, but to use Web protection and other essential features you have to upgrade to the paid version. Other than that and the fact that the app tends to eat quite a lot of resources, this is one of the most polished and reliable Android security apps.

Pros

Sleek, intuitive interface: Lookout Mobile Security's streamlined obsidian interface makes scanning, backing up contacts, and locating a device quick and effortless. What's more, the developer has judiciously integrated Premium features like Safe … Read more

Ikarus Mobile Security review

With its reliable scanning and monitoring, Ikarus Mobile Security proves to be an efficient albeit slow antivirus app that may detect threats that faster scanners can miss. It's questionable, though, whether all the threats are real, or if the app has just an unnecessarily high scanning sensitivity (that slows down the scanning).

Pros

Strong scanner: Ikarus Mobile Security's scanner looks at both apps and files and can be run manually as well as set to work automatically in the background as often as two times a day. During our tests it picked up potential threats that other popular … Read more

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 Review

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security is the second-highest antivirus offering from Trend Micro. In addition to a robust malware scanner, Titanium Maximum Security offers a built-in password manager, an in-app Web browser, and a packaged set of tools for protecting and managing your Android device. This review focuses on desktop performance.

Pros

Design: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security shares the same interface as its lesser brothers, the Antivirus and Internet Security editions. The interface has a clean, organized menu layout. Tabs have nice mouseover effects, and the overall app has a modern feel and original visual direction. Though not exactly … Read more

Major security flaw in Internet Explorer opens PCs to hijacking

Update: On May 1, Microsoft released a fix for Internet Explorer -- all affected versions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Surprisingly, that includes versions that run on Windows XP -- though Microsoft no longer supports XP, the severity of this security flaw prompted the company to patch XP-compatible versions. Your system should download the patch automatically; if it doesn't, enable automatic Windows Update.

This weekend Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer, warning that hackers can exploit a vulnerability that lets them run commands on remote computers. In other words, hackers exploiting this flaw can hijack … Read more

Avast Internet Security 2014 review

Avast Internet Security is the second-highest-tier product in Avast's security line. In addition to its flagship malware scanner, Avast Internet Security throws in improved firewall support, email scanners, and mobile-payment security.

Pros

Noninvasive: Avast does what it can to stay out of your way while it runs scans on your machine. As with the Free and Pro versions, Avast Internet Security enlists its community of users to whitelist Web sites and alert you to suspicious or untrustworthy places via Community IQ. Avast also includes Do Not Track integration in its browser add-on.

Streamlined design: The design is exactly like … Read more

Panda Cloud Antivirus review

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a free antivirus program that uses the cloud to scan for malware and viruses on your computer.

Pros

Powerful scanner: Thanks to its cloud-powered scanner, Panda Cloud Antivirus can divert much of the heavy lifting to its servers. The antivirus program has consistently scored high marks in the AVComparatives protection tests, sitting in the top five with a 99.7 percent protection rate.

Lightweight: Panda is easy on the eyes and on the system consumption. There's very little to distract you, as there aren't many meaningful viral expositions for each scan result.

Cons

Bundling: … Read more

Bitdefender Mobile Security review

The free version of Bitdefender's Mobile Security app keeps your Android device safe with a Malware Scanner, Application Audit, and Remote Geolocation. It shares an interface and basic features with a Premium version that adds a secure Web browser and additional privacy and anti-theft measures. The free app downloads with the Premium app's features activated during a trial period. However, we tried only those features available in the free version. Bitdefender Mobile Security's free app runs in Android 2.2 and above; we ran it in Android 4.3.

Bitdefender Mobile Security installed quickly and easily. We … Read more