Review Avast! Free Mobile Security for Android

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  1. Sunit JC

    Sunit JC ActiveRAIDer

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    First question that comes to mind while looking for an antivirus for your mobile phone is that is it really necessary to have one. Many people think antivirus for mobile is useless and not necessary. They are correct. See android works on the sandbox security scheme which allows sharing of data between the app and OS by providing permissions only and hence there is no way a “virus” can infect your android system.

    But this does not mean your device is safe from other harmful threats like malwares, Trojans, exploits and fake apps. These can access your personal data and are a threat to your privacy and android device. The mobile security apps counter these threats and help you protect your device.
    Avast has its own antivirus and anti-theft all-in-one protection app in the market which is rated the top security app (4.7/5) and is completely free.

    Google Play store: Avast! Free Mobile Security

    FEATURES

    The Avast mobile security comes with a lot of features. You will be amazed to see the number of features this small free app provides. These features include Antivirus, Privacy Report, Anti-Theft (hidden component), Network Meter, Web Shield, Widget, Site Correct, Shield Control, SMS/Call Filtering, Application Manager, Firewall (works on rooted phones only).

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    • Virus Scanner
    Avast is quite capable of detecting viruses, malwares and other harmful threats. Though not the best in the market it does a decent job. Avast has a realtime community IQ which stores data of these malwares helping them update their database on a regular basis. This helps in the detection of many new and unknown threats.
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    Avast has the capability of scanning your installed apps as well as data (music, videos etc) in the storage (both internal and external). You also get the feature of scheduling a scan. Scanning is very quick. Automatic scan option is also available and you can schedule a scan as per your convenience.

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    • Privacy Advisor
    The privacy advisor scans all the apps and lets you know which app has access to your sensitive personal data and device functions. You can manage them accordingly.

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    • Application Manager
    The application manager is a simple task manager similar to what you already have on your android device. Just like the task manager you can view all the running apps and can force close them. You can also view the individual apps installed on your device and can check the system information. The application manager has a very user friendly interface and apps can be categorized according to your convenience.
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    • Shield control
    The Sheild control consists of Web shield, app shield, message shield and file shield.
    The web shield integrates with your android browser and protects you from malicious and phishing sites. The app shield checks the app for viruses before installation. The message shield scans incoming messages of malicious, phishing and mistyped urls. It also helps you to block incoming messages from unknown numbers. The file shield checks all the files in the storage which are being used.
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    • SMS and Call filter
    As the name suggests, this filter helps you to block your incoming/outgoing calls and messages. The days and time can be selected as per your convenience. You have to just create the group and add the members you want to blacklist. This allows you to avoid all the unwanted calls and messages.
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    • Firewall
    This requires root access. Without root access it is not possible to realize full functionality of the firewall. With the help of firewall, you can have complete control over the apps regarding the network access.
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    • Network Meter
    It keeps a track of your network usage. It is categorized into different groups (3G, wifi and roaming). This helps in the management of your network usage.

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    • Anti-Theft
    The last and the most important feature of the avast mobile security – Anti-theft.
    “Anti-theft” is the best feature of Avast mobile security. It’s very easy to setup. The installation can be done in two ways - Basic setup and Advanced setup.

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    Basic setup includes you providing a friend’s number and in case you lose your device a set of commands can help you track your device. If you have an Avast account you can go to the avast portal (more on that later).
    However the advanced feature is more resourceful and handy. This includes all the basic features already mentioned plus protection from hard reset (which only you can do yourself via commands) and denying permissions of device manager and the phone settings. But to access the advanced settings you need to have root access on your device.

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    After creating an Avast account you can access the phone portal on the avast website which then will give you options like lock, unlock, siren, wipe, call, message etc. As soon as the SIM card on the device is changed, you get the notification on the portal and you can mark the device as lost.

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    Lost – This will lock the device completely and there will be a notification on the screen saying the device is lost and there won’t be any way to access the device.
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    Lock – This will lock your device and the device can then be unlocked only with the avast lock code or your unlock instruction in the avast portal.
    Unlock - This will unlock a device which has been locked.
    Siren – This will initiate a siren saying “This phone has been stolen”. This might actually warn the thief, so not advisable. But still a cool feature to have.
    Wipe – This will wipe all your data from the memory and help protect your privacy.
    Call – You can initiate a call from your device to a number of your choice and can listen to everything on the other side. Pretty neat feature.
    Message – This will initiate a message from your device to a desired number.
    Locate – This will force the GPS to turn on and will help you track your device. You can find the exact location of your device.

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    CONCLUSION

    The Avast mobile security is rated the top mobile security app in the market. It is for a reason. Avast is a complete package. It is an all in one security solution. The anti-theft solution makes it even better. Though for the full functionality of the anti-theft feature you will need root access. I will definitely recommend this app to all the android users. It’s small, simple to use, very light and very effective.

    Pros:
    • All in one solution
    • Very light
    • Free
    Cons:
    • Root access for complete functionality of anti-theft and firewall
    Rating: 9/10

    “The top rated Mobile security app in the market for a reason”
    Remotely control your phone after install at: https://my.avast.com
     
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    Great job Sunit .. we need to get you an Android Badge .. :)

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    I myself have been meddling with some Anti-Theft solution .. So far Lookout has been keeping me confident .. The features are quite similar to Avast here.

    I find the interface of Avast quite better ..
     
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    Yes lookout is another excellent app. I was using it before avast. But the free version doesn't have many features that avast has.
    Like avast anti-theft is hard reset proof. Also the anti-theft feature is hidden and even if you uninstall the app (which requires avast code) the anti-theft will still be there on the phone. Avast will also notify you if there is a SIM change..
    Lookout's lock and wipe features are only for premium users. The premium version costs 30$/year.
    I'm not spending that much, thank you :p
    Avast is better.. :)
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Great job, this goes on our FB page!
     
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    Been using this for a while. Very solid. avast bought Theft Aware, which was real good. However with flashing so easy, I don't see a point with antu-theft apps. We need something real solid, built under the OS layer.
     
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    That would be a security/privacy issue in itself ..
     
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    Just hope that the thief is not good with flashing and stuff :p
    Because a factory reset won't remove the anti-theft, but yes a full data wipe and a fresh ROM will..
     
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