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How secure is your smartphone?

February 12, 2015 at 12:03 am

With malware developers looking for new and creative ways to steal data and your information, it begs the question “How secure is your smartphone?”

Malware is a constant, yet changing threat in our daily lives. On average, there are roughly 160,000 new strains of malware being developed every single day, according to Panda Security. That figure alone has left some of us wondering, “Is it safe for me to go to that site, or am I going to get hit again?”

Luckily for the majority of us, we will never see the 160,000 daily strains that are being reported. However, with Android devices taking more and more of the market share, and malware becoming more prevalent on these devices, it may just be a matter a time before you encounter one.

The best way to circumnavigate the android-malware-minefield is to invest in an reliable mobile android security app.

In recent years, all the major players in the Anti-Malware security arena have developed apps for the mobile android market. Some are better than others, and we are here to tell you who’s on top, and who’s not.

The Results were broken into 3 categories. Protection (6), Usability (6) and Extras (1) for a max score of 13.

We have ranked the apps based on the Max Score achieved.

Score (13) – Ahnlab, Anguanjia, Antiy, Avast!, Baidu, Bitdefender, BullGuard, Cheetah Mobile, ESET, F-Secure, Ikarus, Qihoo 360, Quick Heal, Sophos & Trend Micro

Score (12.5) – Comodo, G Data, Kaspersky, McAfee, NSHC, Symantec & Tencent,

Score (12) – Avira, DU Apps & Webroot

Score (11.5) – Alibab

Score (10.5) – Trustlook

Score (10) – AVG

Score (9.5) – Malwarebytes

Looking at the results, I can’t say I am not surprised. BitDefender has equally shared the #1 spot for PC Security with Kaspersky for the last 4 years. IT is obvious they have put forth that level of commitment to security, in their mobile apps as well.

As always, the best offence is a solid defense. That rule applies to android devices as well. Make sure your device is protected by a trusted mobile security app such as Bitdefender, and ensure that your device is password protected.

TSG Computer Services is a Vancouver-based IT Support company who specializes in Solutions for Increased Productivity. Call us now for your free, no-obligation, comprehensive 35-point network audit.

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