stolen phoneESET has released a new security product for Android that includes anti-malware protection, SMS/MMS antispam, call blocking, and anti-theft features, to help you locate or block your device if it becomes lost or gets stolen. Sounds impressive, but there is a small problem – the price. The app costs $9.99, which is a lot for a mobile app. However there is a 30 day trial so you can try the app before parting with your money!

The anti-theft features, which are reminiscent of Apple’s “Find My iPhone” service, are comprehensive, including support for SMS commands that can be sent to your mobile to lock the device or wipe it completely. There are also GPS functions that help locate the device, again activated by SMS.

However, the reliance on SMS messages could be a weakness, as, surely, the first thing any would-be theft would do is remove the SIM card. To combat this, ESET Mobile Security has a SIM matching feature that sends a text message to a trusted friend if an unknown SIM card is inserted. For tablet users (without GSM and SMS messaging) most of these features aren’t available.

On the anti-virus front, ESET says that the app has a new behavior-based detection system which warns you of any suspicious activity. Also, all the apps, files, folders, and SD memory cards are continually scanned for trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, spam, and other types of attacks.

You can download ESET Mobile Security for Android, both on smartphones and tablets, directly from the Google Play Store.

What do you think? Are you prepared to pay $10 for such an app? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.