Secure Your Android with Free Avast Mobile Security App

by: Christine TorralbaDecember 21, 2011
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If you have been an Android user for several months, you already have an idea of how versatile the platform is. Considering that it has an open-source platform, it only means that you need to be on top of things and be protective of your device. Thankfully, you’ve got avast! Mobile Security to help you gain the assurance that you need that your device will be protected!

avast! Mobile Security is the beta version of the typically used Avast Software for desktop protection. Apart from providing an antivirus component, the mobile version of the app also serves as a web shield. It helps Android users protect their smartphones against potential risk of malware and dangerous threats to your computer.

Just 11 days after the free app was introduced in the Android market, the software has gotten the approval of its many users. The free app is capable of features that are specific for Android devices such as premium SMS blocking, anti-theft measures, malicious app scanning, link scanning, and even two additional features that only work with rooted devices.

When asked why the app is currently available for free, the company’s marketing director Miloslav Korenko answered that they are no longer focusing on making money. ‘It’s about visibility.’ While the app is being offered for free, plans of monetizing it are to be expected in 2013.

Aiming for the convergence of an antivirus and antitheft app, Avast offers a number of features that truly serve its purpose with its Android phone user. If ever the phone gets stolen, the app can be utilized into tracking its location through GPS. Furthermore, it is capable of remote SMS commands that can perform certain tasks like sounding an alarm or even wiping data from the device.

If you have resorted to rooting your gadget, you already have an idea that your phone is now susceptible to security threats. One way you can improve your security is to utilize the app’s firewall feature. Moreover, the app has been developed to hide itself from other people—making it hard to disable or remove the app.

You can download the app by clicking this link.

What do you think of this app? Do you have any plans of installing it on your Android? Let us know in the comments below.


[Source: CNet | PC Advisor]

  • Yup, just downloaded it.

  • Amazing app! Now I can see a list of apps that use specific permissions. I couldn’t believe how many apps just ask for random permissions that they don’t really need.

  • Jon Doe

    I’ve been using the beta version for about a week on my Toshiba Thrive. Its worth it, even uninstalled norton as a result.

  • Shanan2463

    Avast mobile..Droid OG CM7.1 .firewall issues… Firewall can not be turn on due to root permission? I am already running CM7.1 = phone is rooted… how can I allow to root access if does not ever ask during setup/after set up from setting… Do I have to have WIFI? If yes… I must uninstall Avast. My wifi is non-functional from almost month.

  • Travis Ryan Salak

    I’m also having issues with the firewall, I enabled it on my rooted samsung captivate to play around with it and no matter what I do I can’t get it to disable. I have no data connections what so ever other than wifi. Anyone else experience something like this?

  • Dave

    I have full trust in avast i love the product i advise my clients to uninsatll there anti virus on there home machines and replace it with avast. Avasts virus definitionsare very up to date and has detected viruses on devices that other antivirus software has missed such as trojans and worms and keyloggers and much more avast wont find every virus out there but it finds the ones it needs tobe finding. I would really suggest to the avast team to add a console to their pro version that lets you monitor a nerwork a good example of this is sophos sbe or enterprise. If the pro version could do this then i would suggest this to my clients all in all im a fan and have it on my home machines and on my htc wildfire the mobike version runs like a dream on my htc i have had no issues at all my htc is rooted just incase anyone wanted to know and it works no problem i also have it running on two of my linux machines avast is a good product and i always wanted to know why it was free well the home ver at least. Thank you avast great job. Really think about adding a network console to your pro version you might make more sales as avast is a good product already.