Webroot Mobile Security (Beta)
Somewhat foolishly, I’ve never really given a thought about Anti-Virus software for my Android handset. Just the other day, a recommendation by bestandraoidppsreview.com suggested I should give Webroot Security a try and so I did. I hadn’t really planned on reviewing it it but given this worrying post (read it here) that turned up on Android Police today I figured I’d write a blog post about it.
Webroot Mobile Security (Beta) claims to bring to Webroot’s powerful online security tools to your Android device. It comes with the expected Anti-Virus suite but for a free app it also generously includes Secure Web Browsing, Lost Device Protection and Call/SMS Blocking.
The Anti-Virus component is lightweight in appearance but effective. Whenever you download a new app or file the anti-virus silently kicks in and scans it for you, if anything dodgy is found it is instantly blocked. System wide scans and virus definition updates can be performed on a scheduled basis or whenever you fancy. Scanning is quick and thorough with every app and your SD card contents getting the once over.
The Secure Web Browsing feature will silently scan where you’re going whilst you browse the web. Should you stumble across any malicious sites Webroot will step in and block it.
The Lost Device Protection is the most impressive sounding addition especially for a free app. You simply create a ‘buddy list’ (a list of trusted friends’ mobile numbers) and a password. When you text your Android phone from a ‘buddy’ with your password you can order it to follow a specific command. Should your phone go missing you can order it via text to lock itself and wipe all the data stored on it. You can also make it scream out an alarm sound and even command it to send you a Google Maps link that shows you exactly where it is. To be honest I haven’t tried the remote locking/wipe/alarm aspect yet (I’d rather not have to) but Webroot have a lot of confidence in their product so I’m willing to go on a little faith here.
For anyone plagued by endless calls or text from people trying to sell them stuff (in my experience it’s always people claiming to be from ‘3’ trying to sell me a new contract) you can activate the Call/Sms Blocker. Whenever you receive a call or text from someone who’s not in your contacts they will not get through to you. Webroot keeps a log of all the failed attempt so you can see who tried to call/sms you. It’s a great feature the only downside is that you have to block both calls and sms. There doesn’t seem to be an option to block just one.
In summary Webroot Mobile Security offers a hefty amount of decent handset protection for the excellent price of £zero. It’s a small install, it hasn’t slowed down my handset at all and unlike other Anti-Virus apps (some of which like to make a big song and dance about how they’re protecting your phone) I’ve barely even noticed it’s there and that’s what I like about it. . It just gets on with the task in hand.
There’s a few other Anti-Virus alternatives out there from the likes of Norton and McAfee which are worth a look (although some comments suggest they are not totally free) but for now I’m sticking with Webroot.
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REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.1 and up , SIZE: 2.5M , PRICE: Free