Cut to the chase? (or see ‘best found review’ further below)
… Click to install via Google Play: 360 Mobile Security Anti-Virus App
Disclaimer & Why this Suggestion:
- My suggestion comes as a fairly well-read Techie of 10+ yrs experience, I have read many review sites in order to filter my Top Choice as it were.
- It is your responsibility to do your own research and make your own choices.
- I have NOT performed my own analysis nor tests, though, having installed many Security Apps over recent years and being well read, I am sure you’ll find the same as me – this app (my suggestion) is hard to beat.
Snippet of ‘Best found Review’ follows…
360 Security Anti-Virus App
The following is a snippet of the best of all Android Security App ‘Reviews’ that I’ve seen …
” Our current favourite security app for Android, 360 Mobile Security – Antivirus by Qihu 360 Software, is a very strong and capable app that goes beyond the common anti-malware strategy by adding hot-fixes (read “patches”) to certain Android security issues.
360’s interface is one the best around: User friendly with gorgeous looks while keeping it as simple as it can be. We never knew what to expect for when we installed 360 Mobile Security for the first time, although we must say it surprised us in a good manner when, in addition to malware, it also detected and offered us to patch a series of specific Android vulnerabilities that neither Avast, TrustGo nor Lookout (among other major anti-malware players) ever considered.
As far as we are concerned, this is one of the most innovative features any security app has included so far, as there’s no need to wait for firmware updates from the manufacturer to patch our device’s vulnerabilities (let’s face it, most of us know THAT update could never arrive) or seek protection by installing third-party ROMs. There is a trick regarding 360’s ability to patch the vulnerabilities, though: In order to keep your phone safe, you must keep the 360 Mobile Security installed; should you ever want to uninstall it, you will lose all the “patches” it had ever installed on your device.
In case you need to change the behaviour of 360 Mobile Security, all you have to do is to swipe the main UI to the left and tap on the small gear-like icon. There, you can enable and disable the Auto Updates, the Auto Start, the language and the notification tray, which includes short-cuts for the System Clean-up, the alarm, the recent apps and a flash-light toggle.
360 Mobile Security also packs some goodies such as a Privacy Advisor, a System Clean-up Tool and a very useful “Floating Window” as 360 describes it. The first one will list all the installed apps under 7 permission-based categories whilst the second one will kill any app you choose and it will also clean private data from the system’s history. If you see an app you do not want to kill included in the “Running Apps” list, all you have to do is adding it to the ignore list and the app will be excluded from future kills for good. The floating window is a small but omnipresent floating short-cut that can be placed on the sides of the screen. When tapped on, it shows all apps currently running but it will offer you to add a varied set of toggles for Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, GPS, Screen Brightness among others. If you feel like the floating window is causing you some problems, you can disable it or ask 360 to show it only in the launcher screen. The latest version also includes a much-needed call filtering feature, which is very customizable and lets you create your own “blacklists”.
(!) If you do not feel confident about providing anonymous statistics regarding 360’s usage, make sure you disable the Customer Experience Improvement Program.
360 Mobile Security provides a high level of protection to your device. Even though it lacks things such as an Anti-theft or a Firewall, its design and the features it includes compensate that loss. During our test, it consumed about 6~8 MB of RAM while idle, and it peaked at 19 MB while performing a scan in a heavily loaded device, so there is no evidence it will slow down your device unless you have a lot of background running-apps installed. As a security app, it really shines due to its efficient anti-malware engine and the advanced system vulnerabilities fixing which, in our opinion, takes the cake when it comes to consistency and efficiency in the area of security as a whole. This feature alone made this “rookie” Android app feel like real veteran. Plus, its sleek design and simplistic use of very powerful tools turns it into the-next-app-to-beat, and we hope 360 Mobile Security keeps improving in future versions and, most importantly, remains as 100% free security app.”