Many people believe that antivirus software is only required on Windows laptops or PCs. However, it’s necessary on Android phones. Hackers are always finding new ways to attack your device with malware that could take your identity, cause destruction on your smartphone, and even make it a remote spying tool used by criminals. Google Play is doing its best to remove viruses, but a lot of applications are still able to sneak through. A security program like antivirus is an excellent idea since it will scan your device and alert you to suspicious texts sites, Wi-Fi networks and websites as well as provide the ability to prevent theft that allows you to trace your device that was stolen and wipe the data stored on it remotely.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers top-notch protection features, scoring full marks in the AV-Test’s latest roundup and receiving a high my website score from AV-Comparatives (the other major independent lab for testing). It’s not just a check for malware, however it also comes with an App Advisor that warns you about risky apps prior to downloading them, and other helpful features like cleaning up junk files as well as a privacy booster that can boost performance, and a Wi-Fi scanner that helps ensure your data is secure.

AVG’s free Android antivirus is a quality product that goes beyond mundane scanning of files and applications with a wealth of other nifty tools such as an anti-theft program that can track your device, snap an unintentional photo of someone who has stolen it and wipe your data remotely as well as a junk file cleanup and a performance boost and an Wi-Fi scanner to make sure you’re not getting hacked or overloaded by your wireless provider. It’s not the most user-friendly interface, but it’s effective and has great security scores for detecting viruses.