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.

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


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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