Mobile security software

As mobile phones become more advanced, we are using them to store important and sensitive data about ourselves and other people. Mobile phones are increasingly being threatened by viruses and theft, so just as you have security software on your computer, you should consider it for your mobile phone too.

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Mobile security software comparison chart for 2017

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BitDefender Mobile Security
Total Defense Mobile Security
McAfee Mobile Security
Excellent
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Very good
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Good
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Poor
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Percentage of people who bought this item
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Ratings
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Overall
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five  overall bullguard mobile security has a rating of five  overall f-secure mobile security has a rating of five  overall eset mobile security has a rating of four  overall bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four  overall total defense mobile security has a rating of four  overall mcafee mobile security has a rating of one  overall
Setup
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for setup bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for setup f-secure mobile security has a rating of five for setup eset mobile security has a rating of four for setup bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for setup total defense mobile security has a rating of four for setup mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for setup
Anti-theft
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for anti-theft bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for anti-theft f-secure mobile security has a rating of three for anti-theft eset mobile security has a rating of five for anti-theft bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for anti-theft total defense mobile security has a rating of four for anti-theft mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for anti-theft
Malware protection
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for malware protection bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for malware protection f-secure mobile security has a rating of four for malware protection eset mobile security has a rating of four for malware protection bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for malware protection total defense mobile security has a rating of four for malware protection mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for malware protection
Parental controls
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for parental controls bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for parental controls f-secure mobile security has a rating of five for parental controls eset mobile security has a rating of four for parental controls bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for parental controls total defense mobile security has a rating of three for parental controls mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for parental controls
Updates
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for updates bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for updates f-secure mobile security has a rating of five for updates eset mobile security has a rating of four for updates bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for updates total defense mobile security has a rating of four for updates mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for updates
Ease of use
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for ease of use bullguard mobile security has a rating of five for ease of use f-secure mobile security has a rating of five for ease of use eset mobile security has a rating of four for ease of use bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for ease of use total defense mobile security has a rating of four for ease of use mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for ease of use
Help & support
kaspersky mobile security has a rating of five for help & support bullguard mobile security has a rating of four for help & support f-secure mobile security has a rating of four for help & support eset mobile security has a rating of five for help & support bitdefender mobile security has a rating of four for help & support total defense mobile security has a rating of four for help & support mcafee mobile security has a rating of one for help & support
Protection
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Anti-virus
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Anti-spam
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Blackberry
kaspersky mobile security does not support blackberry bullguard mobile security does not support blackberry f-secure mobile security does not support blackberry eset mobile security supports blackberry bitdefender mobile security supports blackberry total defense mobile security supports blackberry mcafee mobile security supports blackberry
Google Android
kaspersky mobile security does not support google android bullguard mobile security does not support google android f-secure mobile security does not support google android eset mobile security does not support google android bitdefender mobile security supports google android total defense mobile security supports google android mcafee mobile security supports google android
Symbian OS
kaspersky mobile security supports symbian os bullguard mobile security supports symbian os f-secure mobile security supports symbian os eset mobile security supports symbian os bitdefender mobile security supports symbian os total defense mobile security supports symbian os mcafee mobile security supports symbian os
Windows mobile
kaspersky mobile security supports windows mobile bullguard mobile security supports windows mobile f-secure mobile security supports windows mobile eset mobile security supports windows mobile bitdefender mobile security supports windows mobile total defense mobile security does not support windows mobile mcafee mobile security supports windows mobile
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Telephone support
kaspersky mobile security offers telephone support bullguard mobile security does not offer telephone support f-secure mobile security offers telephone support eset mobile security offers telephone support bitdefender mobile security offers telephone support total defense mobile security offers telephone support mcafee mobile security offers telephone support
Email support
kaspersky mobile security offers email support bullguard mobile security offers email support f-secure mobile security offers email support eset mobile security offers email support bitdefender mobile security offers email support total defense mobile security offers email support mcafee mobile security offers email support
Live chat
kaspersky mobile security offers live chat bullguard mobile security offers live chat f-secure mobile security does not offer live chat eset mobile security offers live chat bitdefender mobile security offers live chat total defense mobile security offers live chat mcafee mobile security offers live chat
Manual
kaspersky mobile security offers manual bullguard mobile security offers manual f-secure mobile security offers manual eset mobile security offers manual bitdefender mobile security offers manual total defense mobile security offers manual mcafee mobile security offers manual
Help files
kaspersky mobile security offers help files bullguard mobile security offers help files f-secure mobile security offers help files eset mobile security offers help files bitdefender mobile security offers help files total defense mobile security offers help files mcafee mobile security offers help files
Forums
kaspersky mobile security offers forums bullguard mobile security offers forums f-secure mobile security does not offer forums eset mobile security does not offer forums bitdefender mobile security offers forums total defense mobile security offers forums mcafee mobile security offers forums
FAQs
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Mobile security software explained

Good mobile security software focuses on:

  • Guarding your privacy
  • Limiting damage if your phone is lost or stolen
  • Protecting your phone from viruses

Although mobile phone viruses are currently rare, don’t disregard virus protection. These threats are likely to grow as mobile phones become more sophisticated.

Anti-theft measures

The anti-theft measures of mobile security software probably won’t stop your phone getting stolen, but can minimize the resulting damage. Mobile security software can encrypt the data on your phone – including text messages, photographs and emails. This makes sure that thieves can’t access the data on your phone.

Pay less attention to gimmicky ‘locate your phone’ tools. These use satellite navigation to alert you to your phone’s location over the internet. It sounds great in theory, but in practice are you really going to find and confront the thief?

Much more useful are functions that wipe your phone if it falls into the wrong hands. Some act automatically if your SIM card is replaced by another. Others enable you to connect to the phone over the internet and instruct it to wipe everything.

Guarding your privacy

If you value your privacy, look for mobile security software that filters unwanted calls. You should be able to set up a ‘blacklist’ of unwanted numbers, and a ‘white list’ of callers who are allowed through.

Spam protection is also useful if you use email on your phone. Your mobile is likely to have less built-in spam protection than your computer, so junk email could be more of a problem.

Security software can also hide selected contacts, ensuring no trace of them appears in your phone book, call logs or other areas. It’s great if you’re paranoid about people who borrow your phone, or simply want to keep some contacts private.

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Kaspersky Mobile Security
BullGuard Mobile Security
F-Secure Mobile Security
ESET Mobile Security
BitDefender Mobile Security
Total Defense Mobile Security
McAfee Mobile Security