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Security Test for 25 Android Apps



AV-test, an independent testing lab releases its reports every few months regarding apps that are safe for use. The “little green robot” in your tablet or mobile is diverse and open which has made them the epicentre of attraction for mobile geeks all over the world. However these qualities come at a price. Compared to its iOS counterparts the Android operating system can be easily affected by malware.

The latest results from AV-test is grim compared to the previous one, nevertheless there is definitely a silver lining. 25 apps were put to test and points were rewarded for protection, usability, and extras and later on rated by the maximum points obtained.

Ahnlab V3 Mobile, Alibaba, Antiy AVL, Avast, AVG, Avira, Baidu, Bitdefender, BullGuard, ESET, G Data, Ikarus, Kaspersky, Cheetah Mobile (Clean Master and CM Security), McAfee, NSHC Droid-X, PSafe Total, Qihoo 360 AntiVirus, Quick Heal Total Security, Sophos, Symantec/Norton, Tencent Manager, Trend Micro, Trustlook, and Webroot SecureAnywhere were the apps that were put to test.

12 apps scored a perfect 13.0, with the lowest score being made by PSafe that too earned a handsome 11.0 points. Rest of the apps scored in the 11.5 to 12.5 range.


These results were slightly disappointing compared to the previous results as the score of 9 apps dropped slightly. This isn’t that alarming since 8 apps were tested capable of blocking 100 percent malicious apps, with the rest in the high nineties. Also, while 5 apps were falsely given positive reviews in the previous tests, the number was down by two in the latest version.