With smartphones technology advancing so fast, more and more activities that are normally done on personal computer can be easily executed on a smartphone. This also means that more important and private data are stored on the smartphones. We haven't heard any serious threat that can adversely affect personal information or any serious damage on smartphones, but recent study from McAfee Labs shows that 2011 is mostly likely the turning point to the security of mobile phone software.
Even though we haven't been hit yet by any form of dangerous threats on our smartphones, it is better to equip our smartphones with proper protection from antivirus. Here's a good list of 5 antivirus for our smartphones.
1. Kaspersky Mobile Security
Kaspersky is one of the leading antivirus company that protects our PCs. With threats seem imminent on smartphones in the near future, Kaspersky has taken a step ahead to ensure our smartphones is well protected against any possible threats. On smartphones it is known as "Kaspersky Mobile Security".
Kaspersky Mobile Security features
- Privacy: Make contacts, call logs, SMSs, etc private
- Encrypt files and folders. Block your phone if it is lost or gets stolen
- Locate a lost smartphone via GPS tracking
- Block unwanted SMSes and calls
- Protection against network attacks and malware
Kaspersky Mobile Security is currently available on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0, 6.1, 6.5 and Symbian OS (Nokia smartphones only) and it comes at $29.95 for 1 unit / year. As normal Kaspersky security suite, you could try it for free for 30 days.
2. F-Secure Mobile Security
F-Secure Mobile Security is another great antivirus suite that belongs to the top echelon of mobile security software. Its light and weight attributes make it one of the best mobile antivirus and mobile security software.
F-Secure Mobile Security Features
- Complete security solution with automatic updates
- Safeguard personal and confidential data
- Identifies dangerous and harmful websites and protects your identity online
- Remote Data protection in case the phone gets lost or stolen
- Robust protection against virus and malwares
F-Secure Mobile Security is available on several mobile platforms such as Android,Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 and Microsoft Windows Mobile 5. The price for F-Secure Mobile Security is €39.95 for every unit each year. You can try this antivirus suite for 180 days for free by liking its Facebook page (limited to 5000 licenses only).
3. BullGuard Mobile Security
BullGuard Mobile Security is is available on most mobile OS like Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile and supports wide range of phone brand which include but not limited to Nokia, BlackBerry, HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
BullGuard Mobile Security 10 features
- Real time detection. Removing spyware and virus that can get through by SMS, browsing, email, Infrared or Bluetooth
- Parental controls
- Antitheft feature: Tracks the device via GPS. All data can be wiped clean if it is stolen
- Basic backup to save contacts and calendar
- Spam filters and firewall
BullGuard Mobile Security 10 is available for download at $29.95 per unit license / year. Like F-Secure Mobile Security, you can grab a 180 day free license through this promotion link. You need to grab it fast because the free license is limited to 5000 units only.
4. ANTIVIRUSfree (AVG Antivirus)
ANTIVIRUSfree was previously from Droid Security but now has noe becoem a part of AVG. ANTIVIRUSfree is popular in Android Devices.
- Scan whole device for viruses and easily removed with one click
- Check website content, SMS and emails for malware before you can download them
- Wipe out all data remotely in case of theft
- SMS spammers protection
- Check applications before downloading them from application stores
- Create and display message on screen remotely
- Locating the lost device via GPS
ANTIVIRUSfree is a great software but currently it is only available on Android. This antivirus is absolutely free for use but if you want to upgrade to AntivirusPro you need to pay for $9.99.
5. Lookout Mobile Security
Lookout Mobile Security is quite new in antivirus scene but its product is mainly on Mobile Security Software, making it a new promising software for mobile security and it will definitely give a good competition to the existing competitors.
Lookout Mobile Security features
- Protects against threats including malware, spyware and apps that violate your privacy
- Ability to lock you phone remotely from the web in case of loss or theft
- Privacy control that enables you to find, configure and control how apps access you private data
- Wipe out all data from phone and memory card remotely
- Locate you phone via GPS if it goes missing
- Schedule automatic backup of your phone data online which can be restored anytime
Lookout Mobile Security is currently available on Android,Blackberry and Windows Mobile. It comes in a free and pro version. The pro version (premium) is available for download for $29.99 per year.