The Three Best Anti-Virus And Anti-Theft Apps For Your Mobiles
In this article I will review three of the best apps available in the market for safeguarding your data when your mobile gets stolen or misplaced. I will try to present the features of these apps in simple easy language so that it is clear even to people who are not very tech-savvy. I am reviewing only the Android version of these apps as I personally use an Android phone. I will first discuss AVG antivirus as I have been using the PRO version of AVG for a long time.
AVG Antivirus Pro Version
Though you do get a free version, the PRO version of AVG is a lot more advanced and comes at a price. I have subscribed to the PRO version at a yearly rate. Here is the image of what your home screen looks like as soon as you open the app.
The AVG anti-virus allows you to schedule a regular scan at any time of the day. I have scheduled mine in the early morning. The BOOST RAM functionality kills open tasks and boosts the Random-Access Memory of the phone. As you can see the CLEAN JUNK icon is red in colour and that means there are junk files in my phone at the moment. Tapping the Icon is supposed to clean all the junk files in your phone.
If you tap on this icon, first of all the app figures tries to identify junk files that can be safely deleted. After this step is complete you are given certain options. Here is an image of the screen you see after a CLEAN JUNK operation.
You get options to do a Safe Clean or a Deep Clean. If you want to do a safe clean you can go ahead and do it straight away. But for a deep clean, you need to install the AVG cleaner. But to tell the truth, I do not really trust the CLEAN JUNK facility of AVG. Very often I have used safe clean, only to find some of my most coveted images missing from the photo gallery.
Coming to removing viruses, I have found AVG pretty fast. If you ever happen to visit a site with Malware, AVG warns you immediately and gives you the option to resolve the threat at once or ignore it for the time being. As far as anti-theft is concerned there are several features. Here is the screen.
You can set up anti-theft on your AVG app. There are certain options available to you. You can set up a functionality which operates such that whenever someone tries to access your phone by using trial and error repeatedly, AVG will clean all sensitive data and delete the apps. For example, you have options to set things up in such a way that whenever someone tries to log in through the home screen 10 times and fails, AVG smells a rat and deletes all sensitive data. Of course, you must provide AVG permission to do this. This is very important because you may have apps developed by your bank left in the logged in state for convenience.
Another feature provided by anti-theft is you can log into the AVG site and find out your phone’s geographical location. There are also other options available to you. You can set AVG up to lock the phone when someone tries to replace the Sim.
Another important feature is app locking. You can set up locks for individual apps. This means that if someone steals your phone, he/she will not be able to open apps that are locked.
AVAST Antivirus App
Review: As soon as I opened the AVAST App, I began wondering whether Avast and AVG are one and the same! Then I figured out that they are actually apps developed by competing companies. Here is the screen shot of the first screen you will see when you open AVAST.
I followed the procedure described and switched the shield on after which AVAST told me there was no threat discovered in my mobile. Then I did a CLEAN JUNK.
Another difference I just noticed is that I find a message on my mobile constantly reminding me that AVAST is shielding my mobile. I am not able to get rid of the message. Actually, AVG also watches everything all the time but the app does not advertise the fact.
Going by the very name of the app one can glean that it devotes all its energy to locating stolen devices. The very purpose of the app seems to be anti-theft. Here is the opening screen which tells you what the app is meant for.
This application asks for a lot of permissions regarding what to do when your phone is lost. I guess one does feel intimidated when you give an app so many permissions but then just think how much Google knows about us! So, I guess using this app is a safe bet.
The pricing is much lesser as it is probably meant for anti-theft alone. I hope this article gave you an insight into the apps that are available to you when you feel worried about your phone’s safety. But all said and done the best cure is to make sure that you practice good digital policies yourself. This includes stuff like strong passwords and host of other things. I will not go into that here as that is a topic for another article.