Trend Micro's Mobile Security app for Android provides full-service security protection for your phone and earns high marks for detecting malicious activity.
Easy malware scanning: Tap a Scan Now button to check your device for malware. Trend Micro displays any suspicious apps it finds, and offers to remove them. The app also alerts you to settings you might want to adjust or turn on, such as for lost-device protection.
Control how tight a security screen you want: Trend Micro gives you control over how much information you want to see from scan results, from flagging only confirmed dangerous apps to showing everything that might possibly be troublesome. You can tell Trend Micro to trust apps it flags as potentially dangerous. Trend Micro can scan your memory card, scan apps you download from Google Play prior to installation, and scan apps from non-Google app stores. You can also schedule scan times.
High marks on malware detection: Trend Micro's security app earned top scores on the suite of tests run by AV-Test, an independent security and antivirus research firm, for both malware detection and usability.
Good collection of security tools: A free version offers antivirus protection. With a $29.99 annual subscription, the app checks instant messages for dangerous links; blocks shady websites; offers system cleanup, and lets you set parental controls, block unwanted calls, and lost-device tools.
Pricey: At $29.99 for an annual subscription covering one device, Trend Micro's Mobile Security app is two to four times more than other security apps for Android we like. For $10 more, however, you can cover five devices -- mobile and desktop -- for $39.99.
Not subscribing contributes to risky phone security, app reports: Numbering among the four things the app listed to fix was a notice to renew our subscription.
Trend Micro Mobile Security offers a solid collection of security tools for monitoring the safety of your phone. While its single-device subscription is a bit steep compared to other Android security apps, you can get a better deal on a five- or 10-device subscription.
Mobile Security for Android & Antivirus Scan with Performance Booster
Provides the best protection for Android smartphones and tablets delivering 100% malicious app detection! Our Advanced AI scan safeguards against malicious apps, viruses, identity theft, ransomware, and crypto-miners.
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Our leading tools, utilities and scanners, keep you alerted to risks, increase mobile banking safety, boost your phones performance, and allows you to find, lock, or erase your device if it goes missing.
Protects you against ransomware, fake banking, shopping, and financial apps
Scans URLs and blocks dangerous sites, keeping you safe while browsing the web
Monitor links in text messages, Facebook, Line, & WhatsApp to alert you of risks before you click them
Wi-Fi scanning to report unsecured network connections
Remote console to find your lost phone, recover from common ransomware hijacking, or wipe your device
Increases device performance with app manager, cleaner system and app optimizer
Parental Controls keep your children from accessing unwanted web content and apps
Pre-install Scan - Innovative antivirus feature that detects Google Play and side loaded apps with malware before they install
Billing Security - Top protection against fake banking, financial and shopping apps that trick you into giving up account and personal information
Safe Surfing - Use Chrome, or other browsers, and stay clear from harmful websites
Privacy Scanner for Facebook
Wi-Fi Checker - Notifies you when connecting to an unsecured network
System Tuner - Helps you manage battery and memory efficiently
Malware Scan & Cleaner - Scan & removes malware to restore your smartphone's normal settings
Privacy Scanner - Warns you of apps that could expose your personal information
Vulnerability Scanner - warns you of apps that could be exploited by hackers
App Lock - User-selected apps (including system settings) can be blocked from unauthorized use
Secret Snap - Capture a picture of unauthorized attempts to use your device
System Health Check - get notifications for system settings that may leave you vulnerable
Lost Device Protection - Lets you find, lock, or wipe a missing device, or recover from attacks
App Manager - Helps free up device space by displaying each app's last used date and storage space to enable easy app removal
Just a Phone - Keeps your device powered longer when resources are low
The following permissions are required for optimal protection and service.
- Device Administrator: Used to detect if someone is trying to unlock the device; also, to execute a user-triggered device wipe in case of theft
- Draw over other apps: for critical alerts
- Accessibility: for Safe Surfing and Preinstall Scan
- App Usage Access: for App Lock
- Phone: for call blocking
- Storage: for scanning apps on your SD card
- Contacts: for call blocking
- Location: for Lost Device Portal
- SMS: for messaging blocking
- Modify system settings: for power saving tools, like Just-A-Phone mode