Android security app test results

Android security app test results

Summary: Independent test lab AV-TEST has released their latest results for Android security products. We bring you the results for detection, features, and system impact.

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Here's the feature chart. We apologize that it's a little jammed in order to fit in our format, but there's a key at the bottom to some of the terms. 

AV-TEST's scoring standard in this area is insufficient. Products get either 0.0 or 1.0 depending on whether they have "further important security features" or not. It seems any of the listed features are enough to get the 1.0, and you get the same score for just 1 as for all nine listed and extras.

In fact, there's a good case to make that it's in this chart that the good products separate themselves.  

Program Features
Product Anti-Theft Call Block Msg Filter Safe Browse Parent Ctrl /  Backup / Crypto Other features: Score
Aegislab Antivirus Premium + / + / + - - - - / + / - Anti-Phishing 1.0
Ahnlab V3 Mobile + / + / + + + - - / - / + Network Management 1.0
Anguanjia Security Manager + / + / + + + + - /  + / + Traffic Monitoring, Battery Optimizer, Privacy Center, Scream Monitor 1.0
Antiy AVL - / - / - - - - - / - / -   0.0
avast! Mobile Security + / + / + + + + - / + / - Application Management, Firewall, Network Meter 1.0
Avira Free Android Security + / + / + + + - - / - / -   1.0
Bitdefender Mobile Security + / + / + - - + - / - / - Application Audit 1.0
Bornaria Mobile Security + / + / + - - - - / - / - Networks, Rooting Check, Tasks, App Audit 1.0
Comodo Mobile Security + / + / + + + - - / + / - System Optimizer, Software Manager, Task Scheduler, Privacy Protection, Privacy Advisor, Traffic Monitoring, Battery Saver 1.0
ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus + / + / + + + + - / - / - Security Audit, Anti-Phishing 1.0
F-Secure Mobile Security + / + / + + + + + / - / -   1.0
G Data Internet Security + / + / + + + + - / + / - Privacy Advisor, App Protection, Hide Contacts 1.0
Ikarus Mobile Security + / + / + - + + - / - / -   1.0
Kaspersky Internet Security + / + / + + + + - / - / - Privacy Protection 1.0
Kingsoft Mobile Security - / - / - + + + - / - / - Battery Saver, Android Vulnerability Fixes, Complete Checkup 1.0
KSMobile Clean Master - / - / - + - + - / + / - Junk Files, Memory Boost, App Manager, Privacy 1.0
KSMobile CM Security - / - / - + - + - / - / - Trust List 1.0
McAfee Mobile Security + / + / + + + + - / + / - App Protection 1.0
NQ Mobile Security + / + / + + + + + / + / - Privacy Advisor, Network Manager, App Manager 1.0
Panda Security Mobile Security + / + / + - - - - / + / = Privacy Auditor, Task Killer 1.0
Qihoo 360 MobileSecurity - / - / - + - + - / - / - Privacy Advisor, System Cleanup 1.0
Quick Heal Total Security + / + / + + + + + / + / - Network Monitor 1.0
Sophos Mobile Security + / + / + + + + - / - / + Privacy Advisor, Security Advisor, App Protection 1.0
SPAMFighter VIRUSfighter Android - / - / - - - - - / - / - Security Advisor, Privacy Advisor, App Manager 0.0
Symantec Norton Mobile Security + / + / + + + + - / - / -   1.0
Tencent Mobile Security Manager + / + / + + + - - / + / - Network Monitor 1.0
Trend Micro Mobile Security + / + / + + + + + / - / -   1.0
TrustGo Mobile Security + / + / + - - + - / + / - System Manager, Privacy Guard 1.0
Webroot SecureAnywhere Mobile + / + / + + + + - / - / -   1.0
Zoner Mobile Security - / - / + + + - - / + / - Secure Message, Task Manager 1.0

Anti-Theft: Remote-Lock / Remote-Wipe / Locate
Call Block: Block calls from specific or unknown numbers
Msg Filter: Filter messages and/or mails for unwanted content
Safe Browse: Protection of malicious websites and/or against phishing
Parent Ctrl: Features to control or observe the activity of children on the device
Backup: Personal data can be saved to SD-card or cloud storage
Crypto: Any kind of encryption is supported (e.g. device encryption, SD-card encryption or VPN)

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  • the proof Android does not need any protection

    the proof Android does not need any protection = everything is just a user approved app
    but Google allows that

    BUT iPhone should be protected but Apple has the fastistics tactics so Apple does not allow antiviruses:

    "
    iPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone in the market, security firm finds.
    "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android".
    40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission.
    "
    Jiří Pavelec
    • iPeople form the USA, keep just facts, please

      iPeople form the USA, keep just facts, please
      Jiří Pavelec
    • if you

      install apps from outside the play store, you might want an AV app. otherwise you should be fine.
      theoilman
      • exactly

        exactly, it's called freedom and freedom brings responsibility
        with Apple you have just fascism with its vulnerabilities but you don't need to be responsible, you are treated like a baby
        Jiří Pavelec
        • Keep politics out of tech discussions, please !

          Posting a comment that brings no facts but only questionable opinions inspired by fanatism does not contribute to this discussion: it's just stupid. Please express your frustration somewhere else. Thank you.

          I own and manage both iOS and Android devices and, though the iTunes 'closed' echosystem provides a superior protection 'by design' against risks of uploading malware, in my experience, with just some basic, common sense precautions, everyone can make his Android device quite safe as well.
          m.vellano@...
          • Apple does not allow anything (browser change, email change, install outsid

            Apple does not allow anything (browser change, email change, install outside market) = fascism

            what is wrong? what is missing facts? your argument? than yes :)
            Jiří Pavelec
          • Fascism is a political ideology.

            Apple is not a government. If you CHOOSE to use apple products, you abide by their rules. You can CHOOSE to use other products that have different rules.
            Low_tech
  • take away?

    Does the fact that the article is focused entirely on Android mean that the iOS is safer? Or just that it needs to be covered in another article? I've been recommending iPads for the grandparents who constantly trip themselves up because I'm of the impression that malware on iPads is not an issue, but I'm happy to be educated if that's not the case.
    gdstark13
    • Malware on iPads is not an issue

      Many would argue that malware on Android (and I would say particularly on Kindle) is not an issue either if you stick with Google Play.
      But there are other issues besides malware. See page 3 of this story for the other security features, many of which would be valuable on an iOS device too, and which are generally available for iOS.
      larry@...
  • Why no Lookout?

    I didn't find Lookout in your list of reviewed security products. It certainly is among the most popular, so why wasn't it reviewed?
    macmcf
    • Probably didn't want to be included

      This question comes up with every AV-TEST story. If a vendor doesn't want to be included they don't include them
      larry@...
      • According to Digital Trends Lookout was reviewed

        According to Digital Trends, Lookout was reviewed by AV-Labs and scored 99.4% ?
        http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/top-android-security-apps/
        They rated it as one of the Top 3 Android Security apps
        SimpleCAD
        • That was an earlier set of tests

          in November I think
          larry@...
          • Scratch that

            The link you cite refers to AV-TEST September tests
            larry@...
  • No Lookout entry

    I wonder why Lookout doesn't have their app included in these comparisons? I was hoping they might address it on their own website but there's no mention of it there, either.
    joetron2030
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile

    Was just wondering why you missed this one off the list?
    tiggsy
    • They don't want to be in

      They never cooperate with AV-TEST. If a vendor doesn't want to be in, AV-TEST doesn't test them
      larry@...
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile works for me. No impact on performance, regular updates, no issues. Free, but I would pay a reasonable price for it.

    I like Malwarebytes desktop products also.
    tietchen
  • AVG?

    No AVG test either. I wonder why. I've used AVG on my desktop, laptop and phone for years and not had any problems.
    JohnOfStony
  • How come they need all these apps?

    So if Android is so secure. How come we have all these security apps. Its either the biggest scam just to get information and money out of Android users. Or their really is a need for security.
    I think what happens is that the media spreads a few stories on rogue apps and then all of a sudden you start seeing security apps. Playing to the paranoia of users. This scenario used to be just played out on Windows PC's. I glad to see the security people selling their snake oil security to other platforms now.
    JohnnyES-25227553276394558534412264934521