You must have heard about recent news of 3.7 million new Android devices activated on Christmas alone. And according to July 2011 report by Nielson, Android has market share of 39%, larger then Apple’s 28%. For any smartphone platform to grow, apps availability is the primary reason. As per the announcement made on official Google Blog , there are 100 million total activated Android devices, 400,000 new devices activated everyday, 200,000 total apps available in Android marketplace and 4.5 billion apps installed. And if we believe this report, then there are around 350,000 apps in the Android marketplace now.
But why so many statistics, number crunching and built-up about Android? Because, the conclusion is Android is popular and have millions of users. So there must be evil people out there who are just waiting to do harm to masses. As we know Android is open source and thus it makes it more vulnerable. Anybody with sound knowledge of hacking can find the loopholes in the system and make virus which can affect millions of users worldwide. There comes the need of robust and trustworthy Antivirus software for Android which can protect from native viruses as well as virus originates from apps or web. Businessinsider ran a report about virus threat for Android platform. It discusses various security threats and virus attacks on Android platform in detail.
And here comes Avast with its latest offering in mobile security which is primarily targeted for Android platform. Avast is the best free Antivirus software for PC and I am using it for almost 3 years on my PC. It always has protected me from malware, Trojan software and malicious links on the web. So I can obviously claim that they have came with the best offering for Android devices too. Let’s see what kind of mobile security Avast provides for Android.
On 21st December, Avast launched its full-featured security suite for Android. And since the launch, it has been downloaded by more than 100,000 Android users. The primary offerings of Avast revolve around three main features – Stealth, Remote access and Anti-malware features. And the best part is It’s FREE!
It’s an anti-theft function. App’s presence is hidden from the thieves and even if they find out about it, it’s impossible to delete the app.
If your device is stolen or lost you can take various protective actions via text messages to safeguard your data. It includes Remote Calling by which you can make call from your stolen/lost phone to other phone, Call and message forwarding and Complete Memory Wipe which will erase all data permanently.
Anti-Malware and Antivirus features include
- On-demand scans of all the apps as well as memory cards.
- Automatic scan of apps which run the first time.
- Scheduled scans and automatic virus database updates.
- Higher the access rights to applications, higher the risk of breach. Avast checks for access rights of the applications and can detect security risks and report them.
- Block outgoing or incoming calls. SMS filters.
- App manager similar to the Task Manager we use on Windows system. Functionalities are too similar.
- The web antivirus of Avast checks every downloaded URL and warns you if it has any potential security risk.
- Firewall protection prevents unauthorized access by hackers.
It was saving our PCs from threats, now it’s here to save our Droids. Long live The Savior!
Looking at the features Avast provide for Android platform, we can call it full security suite instead of just Antivirus. All these features are now available for FREE! Ones you download Avast on your Android device, you are free of any worries about security threats or virus attacks. Go ahead and download this best Antivirus for Android device.