With the steady stream of news about malicious software infecting Android and Windows devices,more
With the steady stream of news about malicious software infecting Android and Windows devices, we probably don't need a lecture on why we need to protect our Android phones from malware.
Malware can range from mischievous software that displays unwanted ads to vicious apps that spy on you, steal personal data, corrupt or delete files, and via ransomware hold the contents of your phone hostage. While malware is easy to acquire from opening an email attachment or downloading what looks like legitimate software, it can be tougher to remove.
Here's how to guard our Android devices from harmful viruses with the best antivirus apps.
Norton's free virus scanning is rock-solid. But it shines with its multiple-device support. For $14.99 a year, you can install Norton's security tools on all your mobile devices. Starting at $49.99 a year, you can protect five mobile, Windows, and Mac devices.
The free version of Bitdefender automatically scan newly installed apps, lets you initiate manual scans, and otherwise stays out of your way. What's not to love? An annual subscription goes for $14.99 and offers a broad collection of security tools, including website monitoring, antitheft tools, app locks, and privacy-risk assessment.
The free edition of ESET checks new and updated apps when you download them. And you can initiate a scan. But if you like to fine-tune your settings, ESET gives you control over what gets scanned and where, letting you set which phone locations get scanned and how often -- and what to do if the ESET finds a threat. The full-service version goes for $9.95 a year.