Bitdefender is a veteran of online security for PCs, and its Android app, Mobile Security & Antivirus, has for some years now been keeping our Android devices safe from the growing number of mobile security threats out there. In our review, we put the latest version to the test.
Giveaway winner: Congratulations to Bianca Salonbianca for winning our Bitdefender competition. Bianca has won a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6! Thank you to all who participated and keep an eye out for the next competition.
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- ✓Scans your PC for malware with a single tap
- ✓Useful extra features include app locking and remote contact
- ✓AndroidPIT readers get a free 180-day license
- ✓Now protects Smartwatches too
- ✕Some features on the mybitdefender.com website don't always work consistently
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Features & Use
The malware scanner draws on Bitdefender's vast malware database and is automatically kept up-to-date, so all you need to do is tap the big button and wait a couple of minutes for it to turn green to indicate that your phone is safe.
If you want to explore your smartphone security a little deeper, then you'll like Privacy Advisor, which shows you the apps that have the most permissions on your phone and which ones leak your sensitive information. Want to minimize the amount of your data getting into third-party companies' hands? Here's the place to find the culprit apps, and uninstall them from within Bitdefender.
The updated Anti-Theft feature lets you remotely issue commands to your phone if you've lost it or think it's been stolen. You can contact your phone using a web browser or SMS to remotely lock, wipe or locate it. You can also send a 'Scream' command to your phone (don't worry, it's an alarm and not an actual scream), helping you find it if you've misplaced it around the house.
New features are regularly added to Bitdefender Mobile Security. The most recent ones include protection for your smartwatch and App Lock, which lets you set passwords for individual apps on your phone.
Screen & Controls
In a security app such as this, you never want to be more than a couple of taps away from making your device safe, and Mobile Security & Antivirus fulfils this role brilliantly. There is a big button at the top of the homescreen that with a single tap scans your device for malware.
If you want to dig a little deeper into the app's other features, then you're never more than a couple of taps away from settings passwords for apps, setting anti-theft features and so on. We don't want to spend long fiddling with the security settings on our devices, and Bitdefender Mobile Security makes sure we don't.
Speed & Stability
In the time that we've been using the app, we didn't experience any crashes or performance problems, although there were a couple of times we had trouble accessing some of the remote anti-theft features on the mybitdefender.com website. We'd usually access them in the end, but the site could do with a little bit more stability.
$14.95 or £9.95 a year isn't a high price to keep your Android phone secure. But luckily AndroidPIT readers get an even better deal. Once you've downloaded Bitdefender, just click this link to get a 6-month subscription to Bitdefender Mobile Security for free. Six months will be plenty of time for you to decide how much you need this app.
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is an easy-to-use yet comprehensive mobile security suite for Android. If you're unsure about whether you really need such powerful security on your device, then you've got nothing to lose in taking advantage of the 6-month free trial. In fact, you've got 6 months of free powerful online security to gain.
WIN a Samsung Galaxy S6
Bitdefender is giving all AndroidPIT readers the chance to win an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6. To enter the competition, all you need to do is download Bitdefender Mobile Security, and show Bitdefender a bit of love on Facebook and Twitter. Not too much to ask, is it?
To enter the competition:
You can earn entry tickets into the giveaway by completing the following tasks in the RaffleCopter widget located below.
· 5 tickets for downloading Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
· 1 ticket for liking the Bitdefender Facebook Page
· 1 ticket for following Bitdefender on Twitter
- The competition runs from 1-8 March.
- The prize is an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6.
- All AndroidPIT readers are entitled to a free 6-month subscription to Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
- AndroidPIT will send the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the winner as soon as it becomes commercially available.