Android Epic App Battles: CM Security Antivirus V.S. Lookout Security and Antivirus


With the state of mobile security the way that it is these days and an ever increasing need to protect our personal data and information, it can't hurt to have an antivirus app installed on your device. More times than not you won't have need for it, but better to be safe than sorry in this type of situation. There are a great many choices for antivirus apps on Android at this point, many of them top companies in the field who already have years of experience in antivirus software for PC. That's where this battle takes us, into the world of antivirus apps, more specifically between two of the most popular on Android, CM Security and Lookout Security. Which one deserves the crown though? Does one serve your needs better than the other? Do you simply have preference for other reasons? We'll gloss over a few features of each and let you decide in the G+ poll which antivirus app you like best.

CM Security AntivirusCm Security

CM Security Antivirus may not have been around as long as some of the other antivirus apps on Android, but that has made no difference as it has quickly gained a loyal following and a massive one at that. This app from Cheetah Mobile who also developed the Clean Master app has been installed somewhere between 100 million and 500 million times, and with good reason as it offers some great features. One of the newest and likely most popular is the vault feature which lets you hide your photos from prying eyes, and of course there's the antivirus engine which scans incoming apps for potentially malicious content.


It also has a nifty intruder selfie feature, which snaps a photo of anyone who may be trying to get into an app you have locked with the Applock feature, allowing you to catch someone in the act of snooping. Then of course you have the Applock, which lets you lock apps, settings and things like the photo gallery or specific files on the phone. When it comes to the antivirus feature, it doesn't just scan new apps coming in but it also lets you fix any system vulnerabilities. It also has the cleaner and booster features of Clean Master.

Lookout Security & AntivirusLookout

Lookout Security and Antivirus is another popular antivirus app that has been around for a few years now, and it offers up just what you'd expect from an app focused on bringing you better mobile security. It scans incoming apps for malicious content and alerts you if it finds anything, and will give you the ability to fix vulnerabilities caused by those apps thanks to the continuous over the air protection.

It also allows you to backup and download your contacts and save them to your Google accounts, and you can later download them to you computer so you can transfer them to different phones or tablets, although most smartphones these days already have the capability to transfer contacts automatically but Lookout can back them up for you in the event that your device gets broken. Perhaps one of the more useful features is the "find my phone" feature, which uses the last pinged location of your device to help you track it down if it's lost or stolen. It also helps block dangerous URL's, and advises you of the personal data that is accessible by other installed apps. Should your device be lost or stolen you can also log into your Lookout account from another device or machine and remotely wipe the data or remotely lock it down.


So which app do you find to be the better of the two? Does one have some features you prefer over the other? Do you use some other than CM Security or Lookout?

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