Kaspersky and Avast Protect Android Devices for Free
Article by George Norman
On 03 Jan 2012
This holiday season a lot of people spent their money on iOS and Android-powered devices – daily activations on Christmas Day 2011 went up to 6.8 million, according to figures provided by Luke Wroblewski, an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed or contributed to software used by more than 700 million people worldwide. 6.8 million activations on Christmas Day represents a 353% increase, which is quite impressive.

If you’re one of the many people who got an Android-powered device this holiday season, and if you spent all your money and have nothing left to spend, you will be glad to find out that there are free security solutions out there you could use to protect your device. I am talking about the recently released Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite and avast! Free Mobile Security.


Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, available for download in the Android Market in 13 languages, offers basic protection for Android-powered smartphones. Should your Android phone get stolen or should you lose it, you can use Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite to remotely block your phone or to remotely wipe your phone. Additionally, you can use Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite to track your phone on Google Maps. Another thing that Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite can do is filter out unwanted calls and text messages.

To get extra functionality like real-time antivirus protection, on-demand and on-access scanning, and regular antivirus database updates via GPRS or Wi-Fi, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite users need to upgrade to the paid version. They can do so from within the application. All the settings from the Lite version will be saved in the paid version.

If you would like to get Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, grab it from the Android Market here.

avast! Free Mobile Security, which was released as a Beta this December and has recently graduated out of Beta, has the following to offer: real-time protection against threats, scans apps before they are installed, web shield, remotely lock your device and remotely wipe your device, remotely locate a stolen or misplaced device, get notifications when the SIM card is chanced, remotely take pictures if your device was stolen, and much more.

Check out the video below to get a better idea of what the app has to offer. Visit the Android Market to get the app.

Tags: Kaspersky, Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite, Avast, avast! Free Mobile Security, Android, Google
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