You’ve in all probability heard about a number of the viruses which have lately contaminated Android customers. However extra importantly, I feel, everybody is aware of how useful a few of these telephones are and the way straightforward it’s for them to get misplaced or stolen. As is stands the most well-liked free Antivirus apps presently on the Google Play Android Market have each anti-theft and anti-malware options. Right here’s a have a look at how they stack in opposition to one another.
During the last week I went via and reviewed every of the Android safety suites utilizing simply their free options:
- Norton Cellular Safety for Android Overview
- Avast! Cellular Safety for Android Overview
- Lookout Cellular Safety for Android Overview
At present, Norton and Lookout provide an non-compulsory premium subscription inside their respective apps. The subscription price is round $30 per yr, and Norton’s is restricted to at least one system. Then again, Avast! is totally free and doesn’t provide a paid account or commercials.
As a way to examine the three totally different apps, I took the entire free options out there for in every app and cumulated them into 10 totally different classes value as much as three factors every. If an app carried out glorious in that class I gave it three factors. If it carried out poorly it acquired one level. If the app couldn’t carry out the function without spending a dime, it didn’t obtain any factors in that class. I additionally added a bonus class referred to as “Ease of Use” that gave every app as much as three bonus factors for being straightforward to setup and use. The scores got here out as follows:
- Avast! – 23/30 factors
- Lookout – 8/30 factors
- Norton – 7/30 factors
When put up in opposition to one another, it’s no contest for Avast! to outrank both of the 2 Android safety apps. It bolsters greater than thrice the options, and it doesn’t attempt to lure you right into a paid subscription. Avast! is a bit more difficult to arrange and use, however it left me feeling extra assured within the capability to recuperate my smartphone and shield delicate knowledge if it was ever stolen or lacking. Avast! offered root-level safety that the opposite two competing apps didn’t – which for me is a giant deal.
In fact, compared the 2 runner-ups Norton wasn’t that far behind Lookout. That is solely as a result of Norton provides a approach to remotely lock your system. Lookout supplies a useful net interface for locating your telephone by way of GPS, nonetheless if the GPS is turned off within the telephone settings this gained’t work right here. Avast! can do all of these items, and in case your telephone is rooted, it may remotely activate the GPS.
Total, Avast! is the most effective free Android safety suite that I’ve seen to this point. It’s a bit extra difficult to make use of and setup, however I feel that’s due to what number of options it has. And surprisingly sufficient, even the premium subscriptions with Norton and Lookout don’t have sufficient options to go toe-to-toe with Avast!. So why would anybody wish to use Norton or Lookout when there’s a free app that gives extra options than pricey rivals? I don’t know, it could be foolish to take action.