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.

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)

Next Page: Conclusion

Topics: Security, Mobile OS

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Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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