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Why shouldn't you protect your Android phone? Why to use an Antivirus for your Android? So that users can protect their devices from trojans, viruses, spyware, and other types of malware. Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. Recently an SMS Trojan horse posing as a media player began infecting Android phones on Russian networks. Once the victim installed the malicious app, it began sending text messages to premium numbers, leaving the user with a huge phone bill.

Also Security researchers from Kaspersky Labs have intercepted a scareware variant targeting Android users, distributed as an Opera Virus Scanner. If the user clicks on the link, they'll be asked to download VirusScanner.apk, which is currently detected as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Scavir. If the user is using a non-Android device, they'll be asked to download VirusScanner.jar currently detected as Trojan-SMS.J2ME.Agent.ij.


With this in mind we at The Hacker News have list down the top 5 antivirus apps for Android phones:

1.) Lookout Security & Antivirus: Lookout Security & Antivirus is arguably the most popular security and anti-virus for Android around. A free account lets you scan your phone for malware, back up and restore your data online, and use GPS to locate your phone should it ever get lost or stolen. [Get This]
2.) Avast Free Mobile Security: Avast Free Mobile Security supports a number of features that are usually available only in paid-for Android security software. These include privacy reports, call and SMS filtering, SIM-card change notifications, firewall and application management. [Get This]
3.) Kaspersky Mobile Security: Kaspersky Lab released a free security application to keep your contacts, email and banking information from falling into the wrong hands. Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite can also remotely delete all personal data from the device including contacts, addresses, calendars, text messages and email preventing sensitive information from being illegally used or stolen. [Get This]
4.) Norton Mobile Security Beta: Norton lends its anti-malware, anti virus, and security expertise to mobile. Smartphones hold a lot of valuable data: Text messages, e-mail, and even credit card numbers can reside on the device, where they're easily accessed. [Get This]
5.) AVG AntiVirus: This app originated from Windows and the PC. For Android users it comes the free app and a premium PRO versions. Users need to start the first scan manually, showing red warning indicators until you run it. AVG also has a task killer, a battery optimizer real time protection from unsafe websites as well as antitheft and phone location services. [Get This]

Perhaps it's the 90's and 80's mindset that has us still thinking that cell phones are dumb single purpose devices, that causes us to not care about the security of our mobile devices.A wake up call to just how vulnerable cell phones are was recently raised when Google had to remove about 21 malicious apps from the market that were found to be nabbing user's data. Go ! Get one Best Security Product for your Android from above list, If you really love your Phone ;-)

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