AV-Comparatives: Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android Provides 100% Malware Protection for Mobile Users

AV-Comparatives 2018
AV-Comparatives 2018

With the introduction of Android v8.0 (Android Oreo) in August of 2017, among other OS improvements, Google introduced its built-in malware protection for Android call Play Protect (dependent on Google Play Services 11 or later). Play Protect checks apps and APK files downloaded from Google Play or third-party sources, using real-time and on-demand scanners, while also providing safe browsing and device loss protections.

While built-in antimalware is a welcome addition in a dangerous Android Internet environment, Google Play Protect is not yet quite up-to-snuff, as shown in the recent tests performed by AV-Comparatives’ Mobile Security Review 2018 conducted in July and revised in August. In that test cycle, its protection rate was actually quite low (only a 51% catch rate among 2,604 recent malware samples tested.) It’s also not much help in Asian countries, nor in any other region where the use of other non-Google-owned Android app stores is rampant; nor is it included in Android 7/7.1, 6.0, or 5/5.1, which retain the lion’s share of Android users (some 79%).

Android users clearly need better protection—and here, Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android steps up to the plate. It achieved 100%-protection rate in the same AV-Comparative tests, with no false positives, and received an Approved Mobile Product badge, standing securely among the five leading products in a field of twelve, while also having little effect on battery life (less than 3%). Achieving a rating of 100% protection is particularly good when you consider Trend Micro Mobile Security for Android has achieved this result in AV-Comparatives’ tests for the last four years running. They also acknowledge it to be “a comprehensive app offering malware protection, an anti-theft module [Lost Device Protection], and additional, helpful features for managing the device.” These additional helpful management features include a System Tuner and an App Manager, alongside the full-fledged functionality of a Security Scanner, a Safe Surfing function, a Wi-Fi Checker, Parental Controls, Social Network Privacy for Facebook and Twitter, and a Call Blocking function.

Visit AV-Comparatives’ Mobile Security Review 2018 to download a PDF of the review.

Visit Trend Micro Mobile Security for more information, or to buy the program for Android or iOS.

This article was originally published on the Trend Micro Security News, Views and Opinions blog site.

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