Smartphones and tablets are a prime target for hackers who could damage devices or steal personal information. Antivirus software safeguards devices against malware and corrupted apps. Many top antivirus programs offer additional features to help keep your device secure. Some of these features include a password management system, a virtual personal network (VPN), and even an app lock that requires a passcode to access the application. Certain devices come with mechanisms that allow you to locate your device in case it is stolen or lost.

Some apps are free, however others have a paid version that comes with features such as the use of a VPN and identity theft protection. These premium apps typically cost around $15 to $30 per year and some even have a yearly subscription that gives you unlimited access to their services.

The most popular antivirus for android is Norton Mobile Security, which scored top scores in independent lab tests. It comes with a raft of other security features, including an anti-theft system, superb malware detection capabilities, and low usage of system resources. It also detects malware threats, including ransomware, that could erase or encrypt your data, and comes with a useful feature called Camera Trap, which snaps the image of any person who tries to break into your device.

Kaspersky is another highly rated alternative. It is almost perfect in its detection rates for malware, and it has a low impact to performance. It also provides a range of other security features, like call filtering, Wear OS support, and a Wi-Fi scanner to help prevent devices from connecting to unsafe networks. It may not have the same features as the other apps listed in this roundup, but it’s free and comes with no ads.