With many malware scams being reported constantly in the Google Play Store, there are a number of apps that can keep your device safe and secure. From apps that keep your device protected from theft to those that keep it safe from trojan, here are a few of 2016’s best antivirus and security apps for Android devices.

1. CM Security: for malware security

With the best Android malware protection and an award-winning reputation, CM security ( Clean Master) is a first-rate security option. An efficient, all encompassing app, CM security is developed by the Cheetah Mobile research company known for generating accurate reports on the condition of the Android platform in terms of anything scam-related.

2. 360 Security – Antivirus: for real-time protection

Previously known as Qihoo, 360 is a popular antivirus app for Android that has existed for a while now. With all the basic features necessary for your phone’s protection, this antivirus while updating its definitions, it allows automatic scanning of all the files on your device.

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Each and every installed application, must go through scanning by the 360 real-time protection before it can be accessed on your phone. In addition to device protection, 360 is also a system cleaner which works by clearing all unnecessary files, freeing up RAM and on top of that, comes with some useful power saving features.

3. Kaspersky Internet Security: for anti-phishing security

The Kaspersky PC version has been regularly voted as one of the best internet security packages available. The free mobile version provides all the basic protection from malware along with a range of anti-theft features.

You can upgrade to the pro version for an annual US$14.95 and have additional anti-phishing protection for your cloud protection, text messaging and privacy protection for browsing the web.

4. Malwarebytes anti-malware: for privacy management

Malwarebytes is an free anti-malware app more focused on easy usage rather than a host of features. The app is better known as one of the best PC security suites offering lightweight protection tools.

To protect against malware, it scans all suspicious apps on your phone and also offers a privacy manager. The app’s developers have gone a step further and integrated Malwarebytes with Android Device Manager. Android Device Manager is an anti-theft Android app that remotely tracks your device, in case of loss.

5. AVG Antivirus Security: for protection and anti-theft features

Available for free, the AVG Antivirus application offers real-time protection from malicious apps, viruses and other malware. This application allows you to scan all your apps, settings, files and more.

It even comes with an option to disable apps that may be significantly affecting the performance of your phone or draining your battery power. Moreover, in case your device is lost, you can remotely block or clear all your stored data.

6. Avast! Antivirus & Security: for comprehensive features

avast! Does automatic scanning of all the apps installed on your device, the files on your SD card, and even during the apps installation. It also features an SMS/call filter and blocking function; for anti-theft purposes a GPS tracker, siren alert and a notification alert in case someone tries to replace your SIM card. Also, it features web shielding, a firewall and a network meter.

Which do you think is the best antivirus or security app for Android? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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