PC Welt, a leading German IT magazine, compared functionality in the new avast! Free Mobile Security with that in the free and paid-for versions of Norton Mobile Security.“The free avast! product is an exceptional alternative, especially when you consider the Anti-Theft features,” wrote reviewer Matthias Schwindt. “Because theft is the greatest danger for smartphone users.”
His two favorite highlights in avast! Free Mobile Security are its ability to survive a “hard” factory reset and the stealth features:
Surviving hard resets means that the phone owner is still able to control his missing or stolen phone.Stealth features such as disguising the anti-theft components of avast! under a different name and hiding it from the App launcher makes it difficult for a thief to find the security app.
Mr. Schwindt also liked the loud siren, which is even useful for finding a lost phone at home.
Unlike that other reviewed product, avast! Free Mobile Security does not require its users to buy an upgrade to have full functionality so they can remotely erase data in a stolen phone.
Keeping control over private data in a lost phone is where he sees the risk for most people: “In this case, it’s important to have a well-functioning security tool to limit the damage as much as possible,” explained Mr. Schwindt. Review links here and here
The new avast! 7 is coming and we would like to tell you about it. If you will be in San Francisco at the RSA Security Conference 2012, please join us on February 29th for dinner and a look under the hood of the new avast! 7.
AVAST Software (www.avast.com) protects over 149 million active and 196 million registered users with our security and antivirus applications. Our portfolio includes the new avast! Free Mobile Security for Android, avast! Business Protection for company networks, the premium avast! Internet Security with SafeZoneTM virtualized desktop, and avast! Free Antivirus, the free computer security application that matches or exceeds the performance of competitor’s paid-for products. Anchored by the CommunityIQ network of sensors and supported by multiple protective shields, avast! performance is certified by VB100, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.