Hackers are targeting tablets and smartphones to steal information, or even damage them. Antivirus software shields your device from malware and corrupted apps. Many of the top antivirus programs contain additional features that help you protect your tablet or phone. Some of these features include a password management system, a virtual personal network (VPN) and an app lock which requires a passcode to access the apps. Some of them have an anti-theft device to locate your device in case it gets lost or stolen.

Some apps are totally free, whereas others come with an option to pay for features like a VPN or an identity theft protection service. These premium apps typically cost between $15 and $30 per year and some have an annual subscription which gives users unlimited access to their services.

The most popular antivirus for Android is Norton Mobile Security, which has been awarded top marks in independent lab tests and offers a raft of other security features including an anti-theft system, superb malware detection capabilities, and low usage of system resources. It can also detect ransomware, other malware threats and erase or encryption of files. A useful feature is click resources Camera Trap snaps a picture of anyone who is trying to get into your phone.

Kaspersky is another highly rated alternative. It has almost perfect rate of detecting malware and has minimal impact on performance. It comes with a range of additional security features including call filtering and Wear OS support. A Wi-Fi network scan is also available to prevent devices from connecting with unsecured networks. It’s not as well-equipped as other apps listed in this roundup, but there are no advertisements in its free version and it’s not a lot of pressure to upgrade to the premium version.