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January 01, 2021, 01:54:31 PM
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Having antivirus application installed on our mobile phones is recommendable as we access our crypto wallets, mails, etc  through our mobile phones on regular basics. Most of us feel having antivirus on our pc is priority forgetting the fact that our phones contain sensitive materials, files, keys, that must be protected from malwares. Downloading your apps from the google play store is not 100% guarantee enough. You need a good antivirus installed to protect you from unknown applications and pops up messages.

The security experts at AV-TEST have conducted new research to determine the best antivirus solutions of Android, and the results pretty much speak for themselves. Once again, they confirm third-party protection is better than first party, even if it’s available free of charge.

AV-TEST has conducted the study by analyzing a set of 17 security products for Android and testing their engines in three different categories, namely:
  • protection
  • performance
  • usability

Google Play Protect served as the baseline product and received 0 points for protection, but six for performance and four for usability.
Most products received the maximum 18 points in the study, as it follows:  
All these products received 6 points for protection, 6 points for performance, and 6 points for usability.




Avast Mobile Security -  


Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus is one of the most full-featured of the best Android antivirus apps, offering everything from a privacy adviser to a system optimizer to a customizable blacklist.

Features
Inexpensive premium version
Lots of features for free
Callblocking doesn't work
Unreliable anti-theft features
Too many ads in free version




 
Bitdefender Mobile Security -  


Bitdefender's Android security app has nearly flawless malware protection, a very light performance impact, Android Wear watch integration, a VPN client and a malicious-website blocker that works with most Android browsers.


Features
Top malware protection
Affordable premium version
Many useful features
Small system impact
Expensive unlimited VPN option


Norton Moblie Security -  


Norton Mobile Security offers the best malware protection of any of the Android antivirus apps we tested. Unfortunately, Norton quietly killed the app's excellent anti-theft functions in early December 2019, along with its contacts-backup and Link Guard malicious-link blocker.


Features

Flawless malware detection
App Advisor beats the competition
Intuitive design
No more anti-theft functions
No more free tier


Kaspersky -  


Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus, also known as Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, offers nearly-perfect malware protection, a small system impact and a call blocker that actually works.


Features

Strong malware protection
Call blocking works
No ads in free version
Limited features overall
Free version won't auto-scan new apps


McAfee Mobile Security -    


Like Avast, McAfee offers a ton of useful features, but its free version is also full of ads and upsell suggestions. The malware protection is decent, if not fantastic, and a useful "Guest" feature lets other people safely use your phone for a short time.


Features
Lots of free features
Useful guest mode
Too many ads in free version
Pricey premium tiers
So-so malware protection


G Data Mobile Security -  


G Data developed the very first antivirus utility way back in 1985. Yes, the German company is better known in Europe than here in the US. Yes, others may point to a different product as the first antivirus. But there's no question that G Data has a long and admirable history. While G Data Antivirus is the company's entry-level product, it goes well beyond the basics of antivirus protection.


Features
Excellent score in our hands-on
malware protection test.
Protects against banking Trojans, keyloggers, ransomware, and exploits.
So-so score in our phishing protection test.
Mixed scores in independent lab tests.
Ransomware protection only partially effective
Includes spam filter


Trend Micro -    


To even be considered a full-scale antivirus, a program must sweep away all existing malware infestations and protect the system against new attacks. That’s the minimum. Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security goes way beyond that minimum. The "plus" in its name refers to a wealth of bonus features, among them a firewall booster, layered ransomware protection, and a hardened browser for online banking. Add those to an effective core antivirus system and you've got a product that's well worth a look.


Features


Very good scores in our antiphishing and malicious URL blocking tests
Multilayered ransomware protection
Pay Guard protects online transactions
Many bonus features
Poor score in our hands-on malware protection test
Some poor scores in independent lab tests
Social network link protection choices dated
No multi-device volume licensing



Ahn Lab V3 mobile Security -  


AhnLab V3 Mobile Security is a comprehensive mobile solution for anti-malware, anti-theft and privacy protection. It protects your sensitive data through a complete analysis of data access levels against mobile malware and malicious applications, and helps you find your lost or stolen device.

Features
Optimized security solution for Android smartphones and tablets
Full-scale protection against the latest mobile malware (malicious apps), spam, and data leakage
Secure protection for personal data, applications, memory cards, and operating systems
Designed to use less battery power and less memory
Employs the proven, world-class mobile AV engine, V3 Mobile



Avira antivirus security -  


Everybody needs antivirus protection, even people on a limited budget. Founded in 1986, Avira protects hundreds of millions of users worldwide with its free Avira Antivirus. This product gets excellent scores from the independent labs, and it brings along a collection of related Avira products. It successfully blocked access to malware-hosting URLs in our testing, but fell down in our phishing protection test.

Features

Excellent scores from independent testing labs.
Good score in our malware blocking test.
Free.
Option to install many related Avira products.
Slow on-demand scan.
Browser protection only for Chrome and Firefox.
So-so antiphishing score.
Real-time protection missed some malware EXEs, identified some valid programs as malware.
Helps to secure your lost or stolen device using remote commands



Protected TotalAV -  


There's no doubt that antivirus protection is essential to the security of your devices and data. But if antivirus is all you have, some bonus security features start to seem essential as well. With TotalAV Essential Antivirus, you get a collection of tune-up features, along with extra-cost options to add VPN protection, identity monitoring, ad blocking, and password management. Unfortunately, even the presence of real-time antivirus protection isn't enough to make this product a really good choice.


Featues

Decent phishing protection.
Includes tune-up, disk cleanup.
Well-designed user interface.
Speedy scan.
Poor scores in our malware protection test and malicious URL blocking test.
No results from test labs we follow.
Marked many dangerous downloads as safe.
Expensive.


AVG -  


AVG packs excellent protection into its free antivirus utility. If you want more than the basics, you must upgrade directly to the company's security suite, AVG Internet Security - Unlimited. The suite adds several useful components beyond what you get with AVG's free antivirus. Whether these merit switching to a for-pay model is something you have to decide for yourself.

Features
Very good scores in multiple independent lab tests and our own hands-on tests.
Unlimited licenses.
Includes ransomware protection and webcam protection.
Initial scan slower than average.
Unusually large impact in performance tests




sources
https://news.softpedia.com/news/the-best-new-antivirus-for-android-531806.shtml
https://www.tomsguide.com/best-picks/best-android-antivirus
https://www.pcmag.com/reviews

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  • The best protection is don't do stupid things on your devices.
  • Antivirus softwares (AVs) don't protect you completely
    • There are risks that your AVs fail to detect malwares when heuristic or behavior analyses or behavior-based protection fail to detect threats
    • If a malware is entirely new, the risk is higher
  • You should not put your life at risks (by stupid web-surfing behavior) then leave it to AVs to protect you from potential threats
  • You can compare AVs with vaccine in the pandemic time. A good vaccine only reduce probability of infection for you but not 100% wipe out the risk. The same goes for AVs. You should not take a vaccination, then go to a crowd and say I am vaccinated and I won't be infected with the virus.


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January 01, 2021, 02:22:59 PM
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To be honest, I dont have any protection such as AV on my mobile phone but on my desktop, yes, there is.  But did you know that there's no computer system that totally safe or virus-proof?  Why?  
Because all android phones always have released and do patches regularly to combat at a potential risk that you may download from unknown sources.  So, the best thing to do is always up to date the version of your android to increase the security level and to ensure that you are protected.

Upon installing a crypto wallet on your android learn how to verify first before deciding to download, use a legitimate website instead of in the Google Play store and I think recommendable as you said is now an option to them.  The last thing is, always separate your email for the Bitcoin wallet.

Anyway, thank you for that list and might helpful from other aspects, but if only focus on Bitcoin wallet, I don't think it is recommendable.





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January 01, 2021, 04:26:28 PM
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Are antivirus even needed ? LOL

I find antivirus to be storage consuming apps which decreases your device performance. I won't say it's not worth it but rather it depends on an individual and his behavior on the device.
Antivirus might be good for less tech savvy people who tend to download the wrong files repeatedly but otherwise I don't think there's a need for antivirus.
Many times, there's a virus in the antivirus itself, sending your data to the hackers  Grin

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January 01, 2021, 04:32:40 PM
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Phone is less risk for virus attack since its use limited to people daily lives unlike computer that you keep installing random apps and browse on any website.

I believe 2FA and other built in security of the typical crypto wallet is enough to protect funds there.

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Because all android phones always have released and do patches regularly to combat at a potential risk that you may download from unknown sources.  So, the best thing to do is always up to date the version of your android to increase the security level and to ensure that you are protected.

Most android device will receive updates for 2 to 3 years.
Afterwards, only very infrequently which means you are quite vulnerable.



Are antivirus even needed ? LOL
I find antivirus to be storage consuming apps which decreases your device performance.

You are up to decide: Rather a little bit less performance but safe, or no protection at all increasing the risks of getting malware ?



Antivirus might be good for less tech savvy people who tend to download the wrong files repeatedly but otherwise I don't think there's a need for antivirus.
Many times, there's a virus in the antivirus itself, sending your data to the hackers  Grin

Sure, if you are tech savy you don't necessarily need one. But if you are using windows, you definitely need one regardless of how "tech savy" you think you are.



Phone is less risk for virus attack since its use limited to people daily lives unlike computer that you keep installing random apps and browse on any website.
I believe 2FA and other built in security of the typical crypto wallet is enough to protect funds there.

You are wrong.
Smartphones are a very common way to infiltrate someone. Especially because people don't think too much about their mobiles when talking about security.



Smartphones are small little computers containing lots of sensitive information about you.
Stop seeing them as a telephone. They are mini computers. And they need to be protected as such.

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Are antivirus even needed ? LOL
I find antivirus to be storage consuming apps which decreases your device performance.

You are up to decide: Rather a little bit less performance but safe, or no protection at all increasing the risks of getting malware ?

Well OP is talking about smartphones, so yeah, I don't think an antivirus would be that much necessary on smartphones because it won't make much of a difference I guess.

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Antivirus might be good for less tech savvy people who tend to download the wrong files repeatedly but otherwise I don't think there's a need for antivirus.
Many times, there's a virus in the antivirus itself, sending your data to the hackers  Grin

Sure, if you are tech savy you don't necessarily need one. But if you are using windows, you definitely need one regardless of how "tech savy" you think you are.


Yes you are right on this, windows is full of shit, no matter how tech savvy anyone is, malwares will always find a way into your system.
This is why I migrated to Linux more than 2 years ago and love it for what it is. No antivirus shit needed on Linux as it is less prone to viruses anyway.

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Are antivirus even needed ? LOL

I find antivirus to be storage consuming apps which decreases your device performance. I won't say it's not worth it but rather it depends on an individual and his behavior on the device.
Antivirus might be good for less tech savvy people who tend to download the wrong files repeatedly but otherwise I don't think there's a need for antivirus.
Many times, there's a virus in the antivirus itself, sending your data to the hackers  Grin

Agree with that, I don't even use this Antivirus software but personally, I don't trust McAfee and Avast Security just because they are linked to some application secretly which you download.

Your Phone should be fine as long as you do not download anything that is harmful or suspicious, But I don't think it's worth it downloading because it could decrease the performance a lot especially in a smartphone, It could work if you have a fast or expensive phone but for some smartphone, it might not be worth it and could just slow down your phone. In my experience, this antivirus application actually detects suspicious files which is useful but for some people, it's kinda like the phone of having an Android phone. You could just buy an Apple phone if you want a more secure phone.

I personally don't recommend antivirus when it comes to PC especially applications that came from nowhere I the windows security or firewall already works great.


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January 01, 2021, 09:50:12 PM
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I consider most anti virus as bloatware on the computer, as it usually bogs the system down, because its constantly checking its databases for "threats", and even then its usually using poor techniques which bring up a lot of false positives. I can't imagine how much an antivirus would bog down a mobile device, since the hardware is usually much, much lower than a computer.

I don't recommend anti virus to anyone usually, unless they are completely unaware of general security practices, and even then its likely doing more harm, than good by providing an illusion of being safe, and therefore allowing the user to become complacent. I'm also pretty sure, that some anti viruses say they have found a threat, and automatically cleaned it up, despite there being nothing to clean up, to give you the impression that its actually doing something.

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January 02, 2021, 03:36:36 AM
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..sending your data to the hackers  Grin

Likely not hackers but yeah they do collect it (which software don't?)

They disguise that by saying, 'To protect you better, we collect your data".

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January 02, 2021, 06:46:03 AM
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Antivirus will only protect you from malware and spywares but in crypto space stupidity can make you lose your money, in this case antivirus is not really needed, I would choose 2FA over antivirus, I would choose to use strong passwords, fingerprint lock to secure my smartphone instead of antivirus

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January 02, 2021, 07:00:54 AM
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I would choose 2FA over antivirus, I would choose to use strong passwords, fingerprint lock to secure my smartphone instead of antivirus
You usually have the 2FA apps on your phone right? What happens when your phone gets infected with the malware?


Tons of malware tends to get through the sieve and still gets posted onto the Play Store. That also means that most malware are made to specifically evade detection by the various AVs. You can probably get slightly more protection by installing an AV but keep in mind some are made to spy on their user.

It's not terrible to have an AV but you can't get complacent from having one. If you want a decent level of security on your phone, there are features like Samsung Knox which tries to sandbox certain apps and could help enhance your security.

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January 02, 2021, 07:20:49 AM
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I would choose 2FA over antivirus, I would choose to use strong passwords, fingerprint lock to secure my smartphone instead of antivirus
You usually have the 2FA apps on your phone right? What happens when your phone gets infected with the malware?


Tons of malware tends to get through the sieve and still gets posted onto the Play Store. That also means that most malware are made to specifically evade detection by the various AVs. You can probably get slightly more protection by installing an AV but keep in mind some are made to spy on their user.

It's not terrible to have an AV but you can't get complacent from having one. If you want a decent level of security on your phone, there are features like Samsung Knox which tries to sandbox certain apps and could help enhance your security.
Lets be honest for once with each other, since android version 2.0 I haven't seen where by a malware takes over an android smartphone, I've seen and  heard about spywares on phones but not malwares, if you have seen one please kindly confirm and let's hear you out, everyone seem to be scared of malware but never seen one affecting a phone

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January 02, 2021, 07:37:49 AM
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Lets be honest for once with each other, since android version 2.0 I haven't seen where by a malware takes over an android smartphone, I've seen and  heard about spywares on phones but not malwares, if you have seen one please kindly confirm and let's hear you out, everyone seem to be scared of malware but never seen one affecting a phone
Spyware is categorized under malware, if that's what you mean. I'm completely honest on the forum, I don't gain anything from lying.

Malware are usually not designed to "take over" devices and they are usually quite specialized in certain things, in mobile phone's context that entails click fraud. Having a malware that takes over an entire device and having it evade detection is presumably tougher than one that aims to only achieve one thing.

Zero day exploits are a thing and they were previously used in malware for it's privilege escalation vulnerability (CVE-2019-2215).


A few reports that I've found within 5 minutes, report seems to indicate that there's more than one malware in the wild.

https://www.mcafee.com/content/dam/consumer/en-us/docs/2020-Mobile-Threat-Report.pdf
https://www.avira.com/en/blog/malware-threat-report-q2-2020-statistics-and-trends

Though I have to admit, sandboxing apps could try to mitigate the risk but it's evident that there are ways to go around it.


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I get the idea of having your device protected from malware, but how safe do you feel having installed a so-called "free" software that constantly scans your files.. especially when you have files containing your wallets on your device?

I'd rather just not click non-trusted links and stay away from non-official (and non-verified) software. Chances of messing up are way lower.

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January 03, 2021, 04:19:58 PM
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I get the idea of having your device protected from malware, but how safe do you feel having installed a so-called "free" software that constantly scans your files.. especially when you have files containing your wallets on your device?

That's not how the mobile operating system works.

Android makes use of the unix permissions to seperate applications from each other.
Application A is running under user X and application B is running as user Y. They can't access each others files. The unix permissions don't allow that.

Therefore an AV on android also can't scan wallet files. At least not as long your phone isn't rooted and the software has gotten the permission to do so.

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Actually, I was like a guy who buys new mobile along with premium anti virus as an add on for premium price in the show room itself but now I realized it doesn't make sense to buy or install an antivirus on android. Even though Android is prone to getting infected with malware the antivirus are not going to save us from malwares from my personal experience. So we should be keen when installing any apps even on the playstore and take a look at the permissions that app needs. Google play protect was bit lazy to remove shady apps so if you installed it before they review it then you will be vulnerable as well.

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January 03, 2021, 07:52:12 PM
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Not a bad idea but installing a free plan anti virus is just not a very good idea because all they do is bug your phone and make it slow. I'm using Avast AV the premium plans are cheap and thanks that's the best for me

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January 04, 2021, 04:22:42 AM
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Not a fan of anti viruses on android or otherwise but If you use miui, it has inbuilt security app with av scanner, it fetches it's virus definitions from various av providers so you don't have to install av app separately.

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January 04, 2021, 05:55:08 AM
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Actually, I was like a guy who buys new mobile along with premium anti virus as an add on for premium price in the show room itself but now I realized it doesn't make sense to buy or install an antivirus on android. Even though Android is prone to getting infected with malware the antivirus are not going to save us from malwares from my personal experience. So we should be keen when installing any apps even on the playstore and take a look at the permissions that app needs. Google play protect was bit lazy to remove shady apps so if you installed it before they review it then you will be vulnerable as well.
The bigger problem in this case is that majority of cases that involve cryptocurrency wallets and users losing their funds to malicious ones has nothing to do with malware so it can not even be detected by an anti virus no matter how sophisticated they are.
For example all these fake Electrum wallets for both desktop and android have nothing malware-like but they still rob users funds all the same.

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