The F-Secure Mobile Security app is in our roundup of best antivirus for mobile products because of its performance, usability and feature set. In terms of performance, it approaches the best competitors. In terms of usability and feature set, it is comfortably among the winners.
Although some competitors stay away from independent test labs, F-Secure has the confidence in F-Secure Mobile Security to enter it into testing at AV Comparatives and AV Test. August 2013 test results from AV Comparatives and March 2014 test results from AV Test show F-Secure’s cell phone virus protection with very good, but not perfect, malware detection rates. Please note that just because any particular antivirus mobile security app achieves a perfect protection score in a specific test at a specific time, it does not mean that it will always achieve perfect protection.
Mobile antivirus software from almost any competitor has evolved to a state where you can expect certain features such as antimalware, antiphishing and anti-theft. F-Secure has great anti-theft features. If you have access to another mobile phone, you can send an SMS to your phone to make it sound an alarm so you can find it if you know you lost it somewhere nearby. Using other text messages, you can locate the phone on a map, lock it or wipe off all content. If a thief changes the SIM card, the phone locks itself and sends you the new phone number.
Not every competitor supports call blocking and message filtering; F-Secure does. Not every competitor incorporates parental control features so you can control or watch your children’s activity on the phone; F-Secure does. F-Secure’s mobile phone virus protection does not support backup utilities or encryption of any kind, however.
The March 2014 testing conducted by AV Test also checked for the usability of F-Secure’s mobile virus protection, defined as the security app’s effect on the device. F-Secure did not slow down the device or drain its battery. Another aspect of usability is whether the software becomes confused into sending false warnings about perfectly safe apps. In this regard, F-Secure gave no false warning as more than a thousand legitimate apps were installed from the Google Play Store and third-party app stores.
F-Secure’s antivirus software for mobile achieved excellent but not perfect scores at two highly respected independent software test labs. The feature set is extensive and includes antiphishing to protect against malicious sites, parental controls so you can limit or monitor children’s activities with the phone, and anti-theft so you can minimize opportunities for thieves to steal your personal identity if they gain physical control of your mobile phone.