SnapShot of Lookout Mobile Security Management screen (compliments of Androidzoom.com)
After I had read some articles regarding Avast! Mobile Security, I wanted to give it a try based on its ability to customize the software in a more granular way. I must admit I was apprehensive based on my “download and leave alone” Lookout, but I decided on downloading the free version anyway. I was not disappointed.
Avast! has a scanner where you can scan applications as well as the SD card and put them on a schedule. The privacy advisor and lets you know which apps can access and do what on your phone – apps that track your location, read your messages, access your contacts, access your accounts, and which ones can change secure settings (who knew that ‘Angry Birds’ needs to know your location? What?). It goes further by listing which apps are running, gives you the option to force close apps (without having to go into the Settings location of the Android OS), has a built-in web shield, SMS and call filter, firewall for rooted phones, anti-theft, and can even be password protected.
Once I downloaded Avast!, I immediately did a generic scan and it identified a lesser used app as a “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program) as malware and since I did not use that program much (“Flashlight Free”), I just deleted the app. Also, I tested the SMS and Call Filter feature with my wife’s cell number (Block Incoming Calls) and sure enough, her call went to voicemail without my phone ringing – of course, I changed it back after getting some looks. I have not attempted to root the phone (for firewall and advanced anti-theft features) however I have setup basic in the application and let’s hope it does not have to be used.
Screen Shot of the Avast! Interface (courtesy of avast.com)
In conclusion, the decision to use one over the other is a personal choice – one of which I feel that you cannot go wrong. Both scanned applications and files, checking for viruses and spyware, malware, etc., have alerts, and can be tracked – all within their respective free versions. I did like the features of the SMS and Call Filter as well as the Web Shield (protection from malicious and phishing sites) with Avast!– features that you would have to pay for in the Premium version of Lookout. While this may not amount to a hill of beans for many users, those that like to tinker and admin the phone on granular level would more than likely prefer Avast! (the application that this Droid MAXX user has chosen).
For more information on Lookout Mobile Security and Avast! Mobile Security, visit the websites below: