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Is Antivirus Needed for Android Smartphone?
There has been debate on the Web for several years now, about whether antiviruses should be installed on smartphones. Some say that without additional protection you can’t use a smartphone at all. Others - that, anti-virus protection is an excess that only slows down the device, but does not bring real benefits. So who is still right?
In fact, it’s difficult to speak for sure. If 10 years ago the antivirus was certainly obligatory, now new versions of mobile operating systems provide a good level of protection by default. But Android is still drawing the special attention of cybercriminals.
By default, most smartphones do not give permission to install third-party applications by downloading APK-files. But this simple restriction is easily bypassed by choosing the appropriate setting in the smartphone menu
If you allow the installation of applications from unknown sources, you should check these sources especially carefully. If you are not sure, it is better not to take risks. And yes, in this case, the antivirus will definitely not be an odd one.
By the way, our official application is duly checked for viruses and embedded malware constantly. We improve and refine it, taking care of your safety.
Since 2017, Google has taken a more serious look at security issues for its app store. Google Play Protection was introduced to detect and remove malicious and dangerous software. Plus, there was a threat detection function directly in the Google Play application.
Unfortunately, the system is still far from perfect. And among an unlimited number of all kinds of applications you might encounter dangerous ones. As far as possible they are being fought with, but the effectiveness of this struggle is doubtful. The risk of installing a program that sends your data somewhere to China or opens up access to sensitive data for attackers is very high. Therefore, even if you install programs only from Google Play, this does not guarantee security for the device.
If you care about the security of your data and the health of your smartphone, we still recommend installing an antivirus. There are many options, and not all of them are worthy your considering. Therefore, we have prepared for you a list of those antiviruses that have been repeatedly tested for effectiveness and confidently hold leading positions in the priority list.
1. Avast Mobile Security
2. Bitdefender Antivirus Free
4. McAfee Security & Power Booster Free
5. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile
Luckily for users, most antiviruses are completely free, so you don’t have to pay for security. We do not recommend installing more than one antivirus on a smartphone, since applications may begin to conflict with each other. Plus, keep in mind that in one way or another, the antivirus eats up the smartphone’s performance a little, even if minimally. Therefore, you should not load the system with several similar protection programs.
If you still radically do not want to use an antivirus, then when installing applications on your phone, follow our recommendations:
1. Install applications that have received the “Editor’s Choice” label
2. Trust only reputable developers
3. View ratings and reviews on the Google Play store.
And don't forget about our official SNXDroid app. It is 100% safe and effective to cope with all its tasks!