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Avast receives perfect score in latest Mobile Security Test

Julia Szymańska, 21 August 2017

Why you should care that independent firm AV-Test gives Avast Mobile Security a perfect score, highlighting its usability, protection, and security features.

Use a smartphone? Then surely you’re using a security product to protect it… to protect YOU, right? In case you’re looking, here’s one that aced the exam across the board.

Avast Mobile Security earned the highest possible score—all 13 points—in AV-Test’s latest Mobile Security Test. Avast scored a perfect 6 out of 6 in the Protection category, 6 out of 6 in the Usability category, and received an additional point for including vital security features.   

In July, we evaluated 19 Android security products using their default settings. We always used the most current version of all products for the testing.” AV-TEST.

In the Real Time Malware Detection category, Avast detected 99.87% of the 3,129 malware samples released onto Android devices. Better still, Avast Mobile Security doesn’t compromise device performance, meaning the security measures don’t impact battery life, slow down your device, or generate too much traffic.

Why should you care?

Here’s the thing: our smartphones are not yet smart enough to protect against the reality of our time. That is, mobile threats are on the rise, becoming more sophisticated and difficult to detect. In fact, we expect that mobile threats will reach the same magnitude as PC malware by 2018.

Everything on our smartphones matters to us: our contacts, our photos, and the applications we use daily, such as mobile banking apps, making it more vital than ever to properly protect these devices. 77% of Americans now use smartphones, and the way we use them has changed dramatically within the last year, as have the threats targeting them.

“Users of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets carry not only a phone with themselves, but a microcomputer.

This can be used for many applications, including sending e-mails, online banking and shopping. Thus, among the top ten Android apps on Google Play are Ebay (rank 6) and Amazon (rank 10). This shows quite well that the user also often uses their mobile device for financial transactions and purchases. These and other sensitive data must be protected.

There is a great interest in getting access to foreign data and abusing it for criminal purposes, as the AV-TEST statistics for Android malware regularly show. As of August 2017, AV-TEST exactly registered 21,904,361 malicious programs targeting Android.”

Andreas Marx CEO of AV-Test

In July, Avast protected over 32 million Avast Android users from more than 1 million mobile threats like adware, spyware and ransomware.

If you’re ready to keep your phone safe from security threats, consider Avast Mobile Security Pro. Our advanced protection goes beyond security, offering additional features like App Locker, Anti-Theft features, and the option to block unwanted calls.