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CNET Editors' review
Avira Android Security is a protection app for Android devices with several security features and preventative tools to better manage your phone, whether you have it on hand or not.
To get the most out of Avira's mobile security app, as well as many others, Android Security requests that you register for an account. As security programs gear more toward the remote device management territory, it's become more or less a standard process now. Don't be surprised to see desktop apps opting for the same.
When you first log in and open Avira, you'll notice that it's pretty bare bones and sparse, but then again, it's meant to be a utility (and the last thing you'd want is an over-complicated mess on a mobile device.)
Anti-virus mode works like its PC counterpart: it'll scan all your phone's internal folders and directories for infected or malicious files and display the results at the end. Our test device took an average three minutes and 46 seconds to finish scanning.
Blacklist mode is more or less as it sounds: it's a custom filter to block incoming calls and messages from multiple levels, whether by contact, call log, SMS, or even your own custom profile.
The last big chunk of Avira's mobile features is actually found on the web on Avira's Android site, where you can access a console that lets you send various commands to your phone. This is where you'll be able to trigger phone alarms, remotely wipe your data, locate your device, and more. It follows the same color scheme as the Android app, making your experience relatively consistent across devices.
Though the app's core features are standard, we can't help but feel that the current design is a bit dated. The gray color scheme, the old scroll icons, and the overall interface seems a bit reminiscent of the older Gingerbread days of Android. And though this doesn't necessarily hurt the performance of the app, itself, it causes the app to be out of sight, out of mind, or forgettable... which is fine for the hands off aspect of the anti-virus, but one can come to quickly forget that the app, itself, is also a powerful device manager that deserves more attention than one would first imagine.
With that said, it doesn't hurt to have a little security, so if your Android device is unprotected, take this one for a spin. After all, it doesn't cost a dime but it could potentially save you a pretty penny in the long run.
Have you ever felt lost after forgetting your smartphone at home? If so, then you already know that your Android is worth much more than the sum of its parts. This constant companion keeps some of your most important data at your fingertips. Thats why you need to be prepared in case your device ever leaves your side. After all, your smartphone may be replaceable, but what about its contacts, messages, photos and private accounts? Install Avira Free Android Security to protect your data and increase your chances of being reunited with your device. Make It Scream!-----------------------------------Cant find your phone? Maybe it isnt far away or people nearby arent aware of the unattended phone. By logging on to the Web Console from any browser, you can trigger a loud noise from the device, even if it was in silent mode. Lock the Phone Remotely-----------------------------------Shield your personal information as soon as you think your device is missing. The Remote Lock feature locks the device from the web and can even display a message to the person who finds the device. Pinpoint a Missing Phones Location-----------------------------------Search for your smartphone the smart way! Avira Free Android Security can locate your devices signal and display its location on a Google map.Call the Owner-----------------------------------Being a hero was never so convenient! The person who finds your locked phone can call and report the discovery by tapping a button on the touchscreen. All you have to do is set an alternate number in the Web Console.Manage Multiple Devices-----------------------------------Perfect for families and power users, Avira Free Android Security accommodates up to five devices on a single account. Easily add and remove devices, or adjust preferences for individual devices, right from any web browser. Monitor Battery Life and More-----------------------------------The Web Console provides a handy overview of your devices. In one place, you can see remaining battery life and installed Android version as well as device specifics such as model and carrier information.View a Devices Security History-----------------------------------The Web Console stores the history of all Avira Free Android Security functions performed on your device(s). Places a phone has been located, dates and times of remote screams, locks and unlocks are conveniently available online.Recent changes:Latest Fixes:1. On Android devices with alternate launchers, the lock screen was not dismissed correctly.2. On accounts with more than 5 Android devices, the user was still able to add a sixth device, despite the 5-device-limit.Content rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version: Latest Fixes:1. On Android devices with alternate launchers, the lock screen was not dismissed correctly.2. On accounts with more than 5 Android devices, the user was still able to add a sixth device, despite the 5-device-limit.
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"Great AV, lot's of features and solid protection"
Version: Avira Free Android Security 0.9
-Solid protection (Look on AV-Test for proof)
-Great customer service
-Great anti theft and blacklisting
-Light on system
-Anti theft could just use these features:
Detect SIM card change
Unwipable through recovery
Take a picture through front camera when passcode entered wrong 3 times
Force GPS on when location is requested though myavira
Great program overall, anti theft is just slightly lacking ADVANCED features.