The open nature of Android and its rapidly expanding share of the samrtphone market has led to a rise in the amount of malware tailored to the Android OS.
This was made clear when earlier this week I mentioned how security researchers had discovered new Android malware they nicknamed ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C. It masks itself as the Google+ app and is capable of collecting data such as SMS, call logs, GPS location, and can even record telephone conversations.
Unlike the “simple flip-phones of yesteryear,” said ESET’s Cameron Camp, people now have a “computer that happens to make phone calls.”
“These machines pack respectable CPU and storage, run a full operating system, and are all networked. On top of that, they, almost by definition, are filled with the personal information and contacts advertisers and businesses have been lusting after for decades.”
With this in mind I’ve tracked down the top 5 anti-virus apps for Android around.
With AVG Anti-virus you get easy-to-use virus and malware protection, a real-time AV scanner, backup assistant, phone locator, task killer, app locker and local device wipe.
With Lookout Security & Antivirus you get anti-virus protection, of course, but also a phone locator, data backup and restore, and pre-scanning of apps BEFORE you download them.
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light is truly a light anti-virus app for Android that focuses solely on anti-virus protection. It lacks all the bells and whostles of other anti-virus apps like phone locator, data backup, etc..
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light scans the file system of your Android device, including the “hidden” area and user applications. Detected malicious objects can be deleted or moved to quarantine.
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light is a real-time file monitor that automatically scans Android apps being installed and all files written to the SD card.
Dr.Web Anti-virus Light uses a unique algorithm – Origins Tracing for Android – to detect new virus families designed specially for Android. This algorithm allows detecting the using the knowledge database on previous threats.
ESET Mobile Security combines ESET’s mobile-optimized proactive antivirus scanning engine with antispam and antitheft features to provide real-time protection against known and emerging threats – without impacting performance.
ESET Mobile Security also features an anti-theft security system that allow users to use simple SMS commands to remotely locate, lock or wipe your Android device in the event it is lost or stolen!
You can even configure SMS, MMS, and voice antispam by defining contacts with customizable lists or simply block messages and phone calls from unknown numbers.
NetQin Security sports real-time protection from viruses, malware and spyware, safe browsing and SMS, app scanning while they download.
NetQin Security also has one-touch device optimization, contacts backup and restore, and lost phone locator.