Reports of malware invading the Android market seem to be getting more and more commonplace. With that in mind, we decided it would be prudent to let you all know about the best antivirus apps on the major OS platforms.
It is important to note that as of right now, there are no antivirus apps available in the Apple App Store. Apple is extremely vigilant regarding apps that they allow in their marketplace. And seeing how there aren’t any credible threats to Macs online, they feel that they are perfectly safe without any protection. Given the popularity of iOS and the iPhone specifically, it seems as though its only a matter of time before some hacker targets the iPhone if they haven’t already.
Microsoft has also yet to release any antivirus apps for its platform, which is both surprising and not at the same time. WP7 is severely lagging behind other platforms in terms of apps, so it isn’t too surprising that developers have yet to dedicate much time to this platform.
That being said, here are the best for Android and Blackberry.
Anti-Virus: The best thing about this app is that it is 100% free. It was the first app I downloaded when I bought my phone (I’m currently rocking the Samsung Vibrant). It works great. It scans all app downloads, media downloads, and even protects you from following malicious links while browsing and in e-mail.
Lookout: This is a new app, and it comes as both a free option and paid version. The free version works just fine, providing the same security as Anti-Virus minus browser security, plus it includes a Find my Phone functionality should you misplace your phone. The paid version adds in the browser security and also lets you remotely wipe your phone’s memory if you should lose it. The paid version costs $30/year.
NetQin – This is a completely free app and provides real time protection from viruses and malware. It has a virus database that is constantly updated for added security from new threats. It also provides data backup and a remote phone locating if you should misplace your phone. Like Lookout, you can also remotely wipe your phones memory if it is misplaced and contains sensitive information.
Lookout – Lookout only offers a free version for Blackberry. It is the same as the free version for Android.