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 verified our device's name and our account information, and opened a home screen displaying our device's status and buttons for the Malware Scanner, Privacy Advisor, Web Security, and Anti-Theft tools. We opened the Malware Scanner, which includes an Autopilot feature that automatically scans new apps. You can disable it, if necessary. Our initial scan took about 20 seconds and found one piece of suspected malware. Whatever real threat it posed, we didn't need it, so out it went. We also opened the Global Settings and set an Anti-Theft PIN. The Event Viewer logs scan results in plain English sentences. Bitdefender's cloud-based definitions and scanning (or pre-scanning) technology supposedly reduces battery drain. All we know is that it never slowed us down.
Android security apps have come a long way in a short time, but so have the malware, spyware, and "worse"-ware (as in the more you rely on your phone or tablet, the worse off you'll be when, not if, trouble finds you). Bitdefender Mobile Security's free app is free, as in "no cost." Any excuses?
Bitdefender Mobile Security provides smart antivirus and web security for devices running Android. Its in-the-cloud scanning technology detects even the latest threats without putting a strain on the battery. Bitdefender for Mobile Security also provides information about billable services and applications' requirements for access to Internet or private user data, helping users make informed choices about their privacy and data security. FREE Key features: Malware Scanner, Application Audit, Remote Geolocation PREMIUM Key features: Malware Scanner, Application Audit, Web Security(only in default Android browser), Anti-Theft On-Install Scanning - FREE and PREMIUM Bitdefender Mobile Security will make sure that the Android device stays clean by automatically scanning any application immediately after its install. This also helps users stay informed and protected whenever they try a new application. On-Demand Scanning - FREE and PREMIUM An on-demand scan may be run at any time to make sure that all the applications installed on the device are legitimate and all applications installed or kept in the phone's storage are legitimate and safe. Application Audit - FREE and PREMIUM Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android allows users to keep track of each application's permission requirements, displaying which applications try to access the Internet or sensitive data (Contacts list, Messages, Calendar entries, Photo gallery). It will also indicate what applications have been granted the permission to access billable device functions such as making phone calls or sending text messages. Anti-Theft - PREMIUM The Anti-Theft module provides options to remotely locate, lock, wipe or send a message to the Android device. Web Security - PREMIUM Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android uses the Bitdefender Cloud services to alert users, when browsing, about webpages that contain malware, phishing or fraudulent content.
What's new in this version:
- Anti-Theft - the device will be localized much faster.
- Improved Malware Scanner.
- Privacy Advisor Feature Added. Now you can see how apps use your private data and treat your privacy.
- Added detection for "Master Key" Exploit!