You may already have experienced it by now or may actually be sitting on a timebomb which you don't know. I am speaking about the omnipresent danger of malware for Android operating systems. With reports from Security Analysts saying the 79 percent of Malware is targeted at smart phones operating on Android Operating System, you may be rather lucky to not have one on your smart phone or tablet yet. One thing about malware is that you dont actually notice it till it does something unusual. Malware is a silent and unobtrusive killer that even the best of mobile security companies have fail to detect. This the first area where the Bitdefender scores heavily over other mobile security Apps available in Google Play.
The publishers, Bitdefender Antivirus, have promised a 'nimble' App which believe me is correct word for Bitdefender Mobile Security. This is possible because of the fact that Bitdefender on-demand scan is 'nimble'. The scan extracts information about the Apps which are inflicted by virus or malware and then head over to its cloud services where a detailed analysis is run. This way you get a fast result of the Apps, Apks and other files without you even knowing that they have been analysed. Also the cloud based analysis system and top of the line security engine, the battery impact on your smart phone is minimal. This is also true for the booting time of your smart phone. My S IV took just 30 secs to reboot with Bitdefender installed on it.
It also scans each app as it's downloaded or updated, ensuring that your device is always protected. It also rescans your device when it's connected to a computer. This way you are least aware of the threats the Bitdefender encounters and deals with. Bitdefender Mobile Security has a specialised App audit system which most of other security Apps do not have. As you know, when you install any sort of App on Android, the App asks for different permissions before installation. Sometimes it so happens that the particular App may not need a particular function like a game may never need access to camera. However in our haste to install the App we also accept all the permissions the App asks without giving it a second thought. This is very loophole that the malware exposes to the hilt by making you accept unauthorised permissions to the system files of your Android. Bitdefender Mobile Security's App audit identifies various permissions an App has taken from you while installing (unknowingly off course!) and with a single tap you can uninstall the App which you don't think deserves the permissions it is asking. The only negative is that Bitdefender doesnt warn you of potentially dangerous Apps during the App audit. It just flags the permissions an App has for you to decide which is trust worthy and which is not.
Among its other advantages is that it is fast compared to other popular AV Apps available on Google Play. With around 8 Apps running in the background, it took Bitdefender just 9.52 secs for a complete system scan on my Samsung Galaxy S IV. This was achieved when I was playing Angry Birds Star Wars on it without any pause or glitch.
When you are installing a new App, 3rd party App or a Apk from untrusted site, the Bitdefender Mobile Security automatically scans and warns you if it is a malware carrier. You can uninstall it there and then, thereby minimising the risk of carrying a malware on your smart phone.
The next feature is Web Security. Web Security scans the pages you visit online for any potential virus or malware. Bitdefender says it defends your smart phone and you against phishing, fraud, and other malicious sites but only supports the default Android Webkit browser as of now.
The best of the lot I have kept for the last. Bitdefender Mobile Security has a great Anti-theft mechanism in place. Bitdefender Mobile Security has a new Anti-theft, with web dashboard and supports SMS commands. Considering the fact that the high end smart phones available in the market are filthy expensive and you store important and sensitive data on your smart phone, it is imperative that you have a nice anti theft and remote wiping mechanism in place. With Bitdefender Mobile Security, you can remotely locate, lock, wipe or send a message to the Android device.
This must have App is available on Google Play for a 14 day free trial after which it will cost you $ 9.99 USD (£6.95 and Rs.600.00) per year. In my opinion its a small price to pay to have a nice AV/malware scanner with realtime and on demand scanning of your Apps, system as well as web browsing along with the great anti theft module considering the amount of money and resources you have invested in your Android smart phone.
You can download the Bidefender Mobile Security from Google Play here, try it out and decide on whether to purchase it or not. You can visit the publisher, Bitdefender's website here for further information.