Biggest-ever test of security apps against Android malware

Large scale test of mobile antivirus apps shows huge differences in malware protection. A quarter of 110 tested Android security apps failed to offer even basic protection, while one third offers very good protection. See details here: https://www.av-comparatives.org/mobile-security/

AV-Comparatives have released their report on the biggest-ever test of security apps against Android malware. The Innsbruck-based independent testing lab put 110 Android antivirus programs to the test against an array of common threats, and found that some are much more effective than others. Whilst about a quarter of the apps tested defended against all 1,000 malicious samples, a similar number recognised less than one third of them, with some even failing to recognise any of the malware samples at all. 

To ensure accurate results, the test was conducted on physical Android smartphones rather than emulators. All malicious apps have been installed on the devices, not only scanned. Testing such a large number of apps against so many malware samples required innovative automation processes, which were developed in co-operation with the University of Innsbruck.

Andreas Clementi, CEO of AV-Comparatives, commented, “This test shows clearly that when it comes to security, users cannot rely on numbers of downloads or user ratings to determine how effective an app is. Almost all of the apps we tested had user ratings of 4 or above out of 5 in the Google Play Store, but over a quarter of them failed to offer even basic protection against common threats”.

The full report of the test is available to the public free of charge, and can be downloaded from:
https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/avc_android_201702_en.pdf