PROS / Trend Micro security software features outstanding call blocking features, parental control tools and lost device protection.
CONS / Trend Micro Mobile Security is not associated with significant drawbacks. To point out that its 96 percent malware detection rate is not perfect would be mere quibbling.
VERDICT / Trend Micro Mobile Security has a good detection rate against malware and an abundant feature list.
Trend Micro’s Mobile Security is a cell phone virus protection app to consider if you are ready to wrap some protection around your Android phone. It performs well and includes an extensive feature list. Unlike some mobile virus protection app vendors who duck opportunities to participate in independent testing, Trend Micro submitted its Mobile Security to an important independent test lab, AV Comparatives, where it achieved a 96 percent detection rate against malware samples. Trend Micro scans and checks Android apps that you have installed and that you download.
To complement the malware scanner, a malware cleaner downloads a removal tool to wipe away any existing malware and restore the smartphone to normal. Even if an app’s worst offense is that it is spyware, Trend Micro applies a reputation database to uncover spyware apps that could steal private information. Other important protections include the blocking of malicious websites, and parental controls that filter websites based on age considerations. Trend Micro’s antivirus mobile security includes a privacy scanner for Facebook, which checks Facebook privacy settings and recommends improvements. You can block anyone who sends unwelcome calls or texts. Trend Micro provides up to 50MB of online storage that you can take advantage of through the app’s backup and restore utilities.
The completeness of Trend Micro’s feature set demonstrates the publisher’s vigilance on behalf of its mobile security clients. And because an Android device is something that is usually mobile, Trend Micro includes quite a few useful lost-device protections. Sometimes you can’t find your phone because you can’t remember where you left it in your home. In such a case, you can trigger an alarm to make your phone scream even if you have it set on silent. You also have the option to locate the phone on a Google map. If you get that sinking feeling that it is seriously lost or stolen, there are actions available to minimize the chance of losing your personal identity to a thief. You can remotely wipe the data from your phone or lock it. If the thief replaces the SIM card before you have a chance to wipe or lock the phone, Trend Micro automatically locks your phone and sends you the last known location. Furthermore, if anyone tries to remove the mobile antivirus app, Trend Micro will prompt for your password.
Trend Micro Mobile Security belongs on any short list of best antivirus for mobile apps because its ability to protect against malware is documented by a reputable independent test lab and its feature list is one of the most complete in the product category. Although certain Trend Micro competitors leave out some combination of parental controls, antispam and online backup, Trend Micro includes all three.