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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Looking at the 10 products which received perfect 13.0 scores from AV-TEST (Avira, Bitdefender, G Data, Kingsoft, KSMobile Clean Master and CM Security, KSMobile, McAfee, Qihoo, Trend Micro, and TrustGo) and counting features from the feature chart, the best feature sets appear to be from G Data, McAfee and Trend Micro.

G Data Internet Security costs $20.75 and does not appear to have a free option. Google Play says there are 1,000 to 5,000 installs and 143 user reviews give it a 4.0 out of 5. For some reason, Play says it is incompatible with both my Google/Asus Nexus 7 (running KitKat) and my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 (running Jelly Bean 4.3). 

McAfee Antivirus and Security can be downloaded and installed for free. The premium version costs $29.99 for three devices for one year. Google Play says there are 5 to 10 million installs and 47,729 reviews give it a 4.2 out of 5.

Trend Micro Mobile Security and Antivirus also has a free option. The premium version costs $29.99 and the site says nothing about whether the license covers just one device or more. Google Play says there are 1 to 5 million installs and 17,484 reviews give it a 4.5 out of 5. 

From what I see, there's no clear winner here and there are too many variables for a third party like me to tell you that one product is best. But the AV-TEST results and other information on Google Play should give you all you need to make a decision for yourself.

 

Topics: Security, Mobile OS

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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