This week I’m shifting my attention from computers and onto those smaller ‘computers’ which many of us use and call ‘smartphones’ or just ‘mobiles’. It seems that many of us who are used to using antivirus software on our larger computers have completely forgotten or not even considered protecting our mobiles.
The fact is, is that they are becoming increasingly targeted by virus creators, and for obvious reasons – we internet bank from smartphones, text personal information to our loved ones, pay for online goods via Ebay and Amazon as well as many other important things – essentially much of what we would utilize a fully fledged computer for.
I’m going to probably surprise you with this but I actually tried more than a few antivirus programs on my mobile for comparisons sake and decided to eventually STOP using one for a while! The result when I scanned my mobile for viruses after a few months with NO PROTECTION was that the phone appeared virus free! Now maybe I was just lucky but what I know about Android phones is that when you attempt to install new software you are given a list information/permissions for what that software requires of your phone. I simply refuse to install anything that asks for too many permissions or permission to do things that seem unnecessary for the programs needs. This is how myself or whoever the user happens to be, becomes almost like an antivirus or firewall. We become part of the phones security and this is an attitude I suggest adopting for when also installing new software on your ‘larger’ computers.
The mobile antivirus that I most wanted to try out was Emsisoft Mobile Security. Regular readers will probably know why, and it’s because Emsisoft’s track record with producing excellent Microsoft Windows antivirus software is exceptional and among the best in the World.
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My first impressions of Emsisoft Mobile Security was that it seemed to have many of the features other mobile antivirus already use. I even became unsure that it was effective at all so decided to test it’s effectiveness with using a ‘fake’ virus that is used to test antivirus detection capabilities. The ‘fake’ virus was detected and blocked immediately. I have been surfing the web and the antivirus is very quiet so I can’t be sure of how well it works in-the-wild, but rest assured knowing Emsisoft’s record of quality products my mobile is now back in safe hands 🙂