Gone are the days when protection software was only needed in Windows, as almost every operating system out there is targeted by malicious users.
Android is obviously no exception as we have seen many times standalone APK installers with malware available through the Google Play Store without the company being able to detect it.
Therefore, installing a protection application on an Android device is almost a must if you are adventurous and do not follow some basic things. Security experts from AV-TEST conducted a new study to determine the best protection applications for Android and the results speak for themselves. Once again, they confirm that third-party developer protection is the best solution, even from Google.
AV-TEST conducted the research by analyzing 17 security products for Android in three different categories: protection, performance and usability. Google Play Protect served as a core product and received 0 points for protection, but six for performance and four for usability.
Most products received 18 points in the survey:
- AhnLab V3 Mobile Security
- Avast Mobile Security
- AVG Antivirus Free
- Avira Antivirus Security
- Bitdefender Mobile Security
- G Data Mobile Security
- Kaspersky Internet Security for Android
- McAfee Mobile Security
- NortonLifeLock Norton 360
- Protected.net Total AV
- Trend Micro Mobile Security
All of these products received 6 points for protection, performance and usability.
Leaving aside Google Play Protect, the lowest rated products were Ikarus mobile.security and Line Antivirus. Both received just 15,5 points in the tests.
Line Antivirus had 3,5 points for the protection it offers to Android users, while Ikarus got 4 points in the usability tests,
This research shows that relying on Google Play Protect alone may not be the best idea, although as mentioned earlier, you could follow a few simple tips to avoid malware on your device.
For example, you should avoid downloading and installing applications from unreliable sources. Although malware reaches the Google Play Store every now and then, the main source of malware is third party stores.