Whether we like it or not, Android has become a bigger target for malware than it ever has been before. Unfortunately, that seems to be the price of being popular and, of course, Android's openness can be something of a double-edged sword, it's great to be able to have this sort of freedom but, at the same time it can leave us open to attack. There's an app for everything these days, right? Recently, all of the big names in malware protection on the PC have made the jump to Android and while I am perfectly aware that most of this is to cash in on people's insecurities, some of them do genuinely help.
AVTest have long realized that not all software in this field is born equal and so they regularly compare competitors to see just how good the current crop is, and which of them comes out the best, and the worst. They just ran a test comparing anti-virus apps on Android 4.2.2, which dealt with things such as detection rate and more. While there's always only one winner, there were only 3 apps that failed their test. A further 11 apps had 100 percent detection rates and the competition was indeed fierce. Bitdefender's Mobile Security came out on top, scoring 13, which also happened to be a perfect score. It wasn't an easy win though, as the following apps scored 12.5:
- AhnLab V3 Mobile 2.0
- avast! Mobile Security
- Comodo Mobile Security
- ESET Mobile Security
- F-Secure Mobile Security
- Kaspersky Mobile Security
- Kingsoft Mobile Security
- McAfee Mobile Security
- MicroWorld eScan Mobile Security
- NQ Mobile Mobile Security
- Qihoo 360 Mobile Safe
- Symantec Norton Mobile Security
If you're wondering about all the other apps that were tested, here's a great big chart of the results for you:
There you have it folks, security apps for Android under the microscope. We're interested to hear what you guys are using to protect your Android device, and maybe some horror stories?