Making your tablet secure from malware

Kwez happyKwez has nudged me a few times to make a post but I have had to tell her I was busy with RL things – a bunch of birthdays of nearest and dearests, a new addition to the family, a job to pay for her kibbles, babysitting and looking at vacuum cleaners to get the hairs out of the rug in the lounge room – that sort of thing.

Amidst all this, I have been looking at lots of apps related to learning on the Google apps store. To try them out I have to instal them of course, which means subjecting my tablet to apps from people I have never heard of before. Which brings me to the subject of malware.

I am not sure what the go is on iOS, but given Apple’s strict control of the hardware and the apps, I suspect that Android users are more at risk. According to Matt Smith at MakeUseOf, malware writers target Android because it offers the largest pool of potential victims. (see http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-you-really-need-to-know-about-smartphone-security/ for the entire article.)

I went to the place I trust most entirely to do some research on Android malware protection – av-test.org

avtest snapshot

They carry out malware tests and publish them on a frequent basis. According to their own blurb

During May 2014 we evaluated 30 mobile security products for Android using their default settings. We always used the most current version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on malware detection and usability, including performance and false positives.

For each application the review, they give essential details of both efficacy and usability as indicated below.

av test review details

They also give details of other features that are included in each app they review.

av test details 2

I can’t tell you which one to use. You need to try them out yourself and see which one suits your setup and offer the features that you think are important. Note that some of the apps reviewed offer “Parental Controls”. I prefer the solution that I described in an earlier post. For what it is worth, I use Clean Master. You can look up its review on AV-Test for yourself and try it out. As part of a suite of tools, it offers a range of features for getting the best out of your tablet.

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