The Android ecosystem although secure may sometimes be attacked by malware that can be potentially dangerous. This is where mobile app security comes in since they add another layer of protection to your device to prevent any data from being compromised. There are lots of these security apps currently available over at Google Play, some paid and some free, which promises to be the best in protecting your device but how effective are they really?
AV-Test has just released a report detailing the effectiveness of some of the popular mobile security software. AV-Test is one of the world’s leading independent IT-security institute which has over 15 years of research experience in the antivirus field. Their research shoes that not all apps that promise to secure your device are created equal.
While most of the apps did well in the tests some of them failed to detect some malware. Those apps that failed however still fared above the average industry standards.
These security apps were tested by throwing in 850 to 1000 samples of malware at them. A few clean apps from Google Play were also included. The test was conducted by inserting an SD card on the devices which contained the malware and the on-demand scanning feature of each app was used. If a malware passed the on-demand scanning it was then run on purpose to check on the real-time protection of the security app.
Earning the top spot in the test is TrustGo: Mobile Security 1.3 which had a perfect score. Lookout: Antivirus & Security 8.6 came in at a close second while Trend Micro: Mobile Security 2.6 and Symantec: Mobile Security 3.2 both held to the third spot.
A full list of the results is listed below.
- AhnLab: V3 Mobile 2.0 94%
- Antiy: AVL 2.2 100%
- Avast: Mobile Security 2.0 98%
- Bitdefender: Mobile Security 1.2 100%
- Comodo: Mobile Security 1.4 97%
- Dr. Web: anti-virus 7.0 97%
- ESET: Mobile Security 1.1 95%
- F-Secure: Mobile Security 8.1 94%
- G Data: Mobile Security 24.3 89%
- GFI: Mobile Security 2.0 71%
- Ikarus: mobile.security 2013 87%
- Kaspersky: Mobile Security 10.1 96%
- Lookout: Antivirus & Security 8.6 99%
- NQ Mobile: Mobile Security 6.6 97%
- Qihoo: 360 Mobile Safe 3.7 84%
- Quick Heal: Total Security 1.01 93%
- Sophos: Mobile Security 1.6 96%
- Symantec: Mobile Security 3.2 98%
- Tencent: QQ Security 3.9 97%
- Trend Micro: Mobile Security 2.6 97%
- TrustGo: Mobile Security 1.3 100%
- Webroot: SecureAnywhere Mobile 3.1 96%
An Android security app is highly recommended if you tend to install apps coming from unofficial sources. If you get your apps from Google Play and are aware of what permissions the app needs to run then your device is relatively safe, although some malware may slip into the cracks.
AV-Test said that they will be testing more apps will be tested on March with the results to be released this April.