Security is a topic that keeps recurring.
The dark web is slowly growing and has evidently started creeping into the mainstream web. This either means that hacking just got easier or that there is a lapse in the security application software.
Android is more prone to virus infections when compared to iOS, thus the need to be security conscious. We all know that with the internet, you are quite vulnerable to security threats; thus the need for security that is tested and certified. Over time, we have seen the increased use of mobile devices running on Android. This arouses the need to have antivirus application software installed on your mobile device.
A virus is a type of malicious software that is known to infect other software since time immemorial. Antiviruses are meant to curb such malware, ransomware that restrict access to your own data. Some of the popular antiviruses available for mobile users globally include, but are not limited to 360 Security, ESET, Kaspersky, Avast, Avira, Quickheal, AVG, Comodo, Norton, Symantec, Sophos and McAfee.
Antiviruses can either be free or paid for depending on the number of features you want to experience.
What to protect
Since we carry our phones everywhere we go, we have stored a lot of private information as well as important documents in them. We also need to secure our photos, videos, chat messages, emails, credit card details, online shopping details, contacts, attachments and so much more information. There’s just a lot to protect on these devices.
Features of top mobile antivirus products
As mentioned earlier, there are dozens of antivirus products, but there is no way you can have all of them installed on your device and use them at the same time. At some point, you will have to choose which software among them is the best depending on what you want to protect and how you want to protect it.
A quick scan
This is whereby the entire device is scanned and can either be scheduled or on request.
This can either be a full scan, applications scan, memory card scan, folders like gallery or downloads scan and others. It pin points a specific area to which the scan should be performed.
A background scan
This is a silent scan that does not interfere with the normal functionality of your mobile device. Everything takes place behind the scenes without coming to the front screen.
Security and privacy advisor
This feature will guide you on enhancing the overall security of your mobile devices. It also detects and deletes threats as well as cleans old application data that is no longer useful. It also gets rid of corrupted data. This feature allows you to do a quick inspection of applications to ensure that they do not contain malicious software which could put the privacy of your phone at risk.
Regular antivirus updates
These should be set to update frequently and automatically to simply ensure that your phone remains protected even as new threats emerge.
This detects email hacks and compromising threats and prevents the malware from harming or retrieving important private and confidential information from your mobile phone.
This is as a result of deleting threats and unnecessary files and as such, your mobile devices’ battery life is prolonged, which is a plus.
This feature is available for the paid antiviruses. When a culprit steals your phone, you can actually wipe off all your data remotely. That’s basically how it works.
When your phone lock password is entered twice incorrectly, your phone takes a screenshot from both the front and rear cameras. This captures the face of the intruder and the surroundings as well. It is also a feature available only for the premium antivirus users.
You pay to enjoy this feature. When you lose your phone, log into the online portal and the application will pinpoint your phone location on a map. You can also decide to lock the mobile device as well as delete the data in it. For some antivirus application software like Avira, once you identify the location, it activates a setting to produce a loud sound or in simpler terms, yell. It can also display a message to any person with the phone.
How do you protect your mobile device?
Install software from a credible source, for example Google Play. At least here, you know that the application software you are downloading has been authenticated. In addition, always install updates on your operating system and application software because they usually come with improved security features in them.
When surfing the internet, do not just click on any link you see pop up or that is sent to your email. Hackers are becoming more and more intelligent by the day and are using unsuspecting methods to introduce malware to your mobile devices. Also, make sure you protect your Wi-Fi connections using VPN (Virtual Private Network). What people do not know is that though public Wi-Fi is free and may seem convenient as it saves up on your data bundles, it is a platform for hackers globally.
Well, now you know exactly how unsafe your data is out there without you protecting it. Still debating on whether to get an antivirus for your mobile device? Well, you are better off safe than sorry. The choice though is yours.