I recall one episode of the TV sitcom Married with Children in which Al Bundy said that, at least when he was young, he didn’t have to wear a wetsuit for protection while having sex. Unfortunately, today we need that same kind of complete protection if we have any hope of keeping our identity safe and/or our computers free of infection. However, while keeping up with protection in these areas is often hard enough for the majority of us, it seems that there are those out there who enjoy causing havoc with our time and money. These individuals have apparently become bored with just hacking into the standard Windows programs and are now directing their malicious attacks toward our Android devices. It is interesting to note, though, that the iPad and iPhone, which use iOS, are virus-free and there is no protection needed (knock on wood).
Since I am quite attached to my Android devices, my journey to find the right protection at the right price (aka free) took me to A/V Test (by the Independent IT-Security Institute). On the site, I learned that the organization had recently completed testing over 40 different, advertised Android applications that supposedly offer security protection. However, out of the applications tested with A/V Test, only seven applications actually provided what I would consider ample protection — stopping 90% or more of infections.
For my own use I have installed a different security application for each of my Android-supported devices. On my Android smartphone I have installed Lookout Security & Antivirus, whereas on my Amazon Kindle Fire I have Dr. Web Anti-virus Light installed. Why don’t I use the same application on both devices? The answer is simple. I had already installed Lookout Security & Antivirus on my smartphone when I received my Amazon Kindle Fire. If it had been available on Amazon I would have installed the same application on the Kindle Fire, but when I went to purchase the application I found that the folks at Amazon were not offering Lookout Security & Antivirus. That forced me into looking for other alternatives, and I discovered that Amazon did have another highly rated security application called Dr. Web Anti-virus Light available.
Let me explain what each of these two fine applications have to offer you:
- The simplicity of this program makes it easy for the novice to use.
- Setup is a breeze, but registration requires using a valid email address.
- This application supports the backup of your other apps.
- This application supports a feature designed to assist you in finding your phone if it is lost or stolen.
- The Pro version adds safe browsing and privacy settings to the mix.
After setting up Lookout Security & Antivirus, the application will scan your phone and SD card (if you have one) for viruses. The application will then provide you with a report if any critters are found. After the initial scan, the application monitors your phone for any changes or updates to the system. This application is a gem in that it uses the minimal amount of resources, has a minimal effect on boot times, and, best of all, it is free.
- Downloads and installs directly from Amazon.
- Easy to use.
- Scans the Fire very quickly.
- Updates are fast and immediate.
- Has a quarantine area to secure bugs before deleting them from the system.
- Light on system resources.
This is one of those applications that everyone loves. You download it, install it, and forget about it. Yes, it is that simple. What is impressive is how quickly the doc app scanned my system. If you have an Amazon Kindle Fire, this application is a must have and, again, one of its most attractive features is that it is free.
Partial chart from A/V Test document in .pdf format.
CC licensed Flickr photo above shared by Saad Irfan.