In a somewhat surprising revelation, a trusted anti-virus testing lab has determined that most Android anti-virus apps are fake or ineffective.
Android phones and tablets outnumber similar devices from Apple. Because the Google Play Store is not as tightly controlled as Apple’s app store, there are many more dangerous apps to download. Anti-virus testing firm AV-comparatives determined that 68% of Android anti-virus apps were either fake, ineffective or actually malicious!
Are you at risk?
Many people don’t realize that Android devices are among hackers’ preferred targets. That’s because they don’t ship with anti-virus apps already installed. You should install a good anti-virus app on your Android devices. To be safe, the app you choose should be provided by one of the “mainstream” anti-virus vendors. The AV-comparatives article lists 80 effective anti-virus programs, with at least the top 30 being either perfect, or nearly perfect in finding and blocking known malware. Some of these products are free to install and use, so read the reviews before making a selection.
Jack Eisenberg is the owner of Safe and Secure Computing and regularly contributes computer security related articles.