Smartphones and tablets are a prime target for hackers who could cause damage to devices or even steal personal information. Antivirus software shields your device from malware and corrupted applications. A lot of the top antivirus programs include extra features that can help you protect your tablet or phone. This could include a password manager as well as a virtual private networks (VPN) or an app lock that requires a passcode to access apps. Some devices have the ability to locate your device in case it is lost or stolen.

Some apps are totally free, whereas others come with an option to pay for features like the use of a VPN or an identity theft protection service. These premium apps cost between $15 and $30 a year. Some also offer a yearly subscription that allows you to access the internet at any time.

Norton Mobile Security is the most popular antivirus app for android. It has earned high scores in independent tests, and comes with a host of security features such as an anti-theft function, excellent malware detection abilities and a low-resource drain. It also detects ransomware and other malware threats which can erase or decrypt your files. It also comes with the useful feature known as Camera Trap, which snaps the photo of anyone who tries to break into your device.

Kaspersky is another top-rated alternative. It has almost perfect rate of detecting malware and has a minimal impact on performance. It also comes with a variety of other security features, including call filtering, Wear OS support, and a Wi-Fi scanner to help prevent devices from connecting to unsecured networks. It’s not as well-equipped as the other apps featured in this roundup, but there are no advertisements in its free version and it’s not a lot of nagging to upgrade to its premium version.