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6 free security apps to consider for your Android phone

Hailey Avatar By: Hailey | Last updated February 2, 2020

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Our smartphones have become multi-functional devices that we rely upon almost entirely. We do everything on our phones: pay bills and groceries, socialize, communicate, check our emails, stream movies, play games, workout and so on. That is why it is crucial to keep or gadgets as clean and secure as possible.

Along with Apple’s OS, Android is the most popular operating system for mobile devices. So it is no wonder that it’s a preferred target when it comes to malware and viruses of all sorts.

Here are 6 of the best free security apps you can download on your Android device:

Avast Mobile Security. Avast is a giant that continues to top of charts when it comes to security. It takes pride in its more than 100 million downloads. You can opt the free version or download the paid option ($2.99/month; $11.99/year). Among its features you can find call blocker, anti-theft support, antivirus scanning, a firewall and more. If you go for the free version, you will also have ads bothering you, but you can have them removed if you opt for the paid one

Bitdefender Mobile Security. It is a very reliable antivirus, with impressive test results when it comes to both real-time malware and discovering potential threats. It has a free version you can download, although it does contain ads. It is a very simple and basic antivirus app, straightforward and with a clean interface. You have to schedule scans on your own, although, when you download new apps, Bitdefender scans them automatically. What it does lack is call block and parental control.

Norton Mobile Security. It also has a premium version, but you can download the free app if you want. Norton is a complex security app which comes with call and text blocking, contacts backup, various scans (malware, virus, spyware), option to remotely lock your phone in case it gets stolen or your SIM is removed, alerts in case you open any infected sites and more.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus. Kaspersky is another giant when it comes to security solutions. It comes with a free version and a premium, paid one. Among its most useful features we can mention call blocking and SMS blocking, anti-theft and virus updates. Kaspersky has managed to obtain great results in terms of picking up on malware (99.9% detection rate).

McAfee Security & Power Booster. The app has a free version that includes some useful features such as remotely locking your device, tracking your lost phone, taking a snapshot of the thief, scanning and locking apps that leak sensitive info, blocking malicious sites and more.

ESET Mobile Security and Antivirus. It has a free and a paid version. The app requires an email address at setup, which may not be to everyone’s liking. Other than that, the setup process is easy and ESET is a good security app. It includes several useful features such as anti-theft support, scan scheduling, anti-phishing, the ability to locate your phone in case it gets stolen and more.