avast! Free Mobile Security tops Norton in PC Welt

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 10, 2012 - avast! Free Mobile Security tops Norton in PC Welt’s comparative review of android security apps.

PC Welt, a leading German IT magazine, compared functionality in the new avast! Free Mobile Security with that in the free and paid-for versions of Norton Mobile Security.

“The free avast! product is an exceptional alternative, especially when you consider the Anti-Theft features,” wrote reviewer Matthias Schwindt. “Because theft is the greatest danger for smartphone users.”

His two favorite highlights in avast! Free Mobile Security are its ability to survive a “hard” factory reset and the stealth features:

  • Surviving hard resets means that the phone owner is still able to control his missing or stolen phone.
  • Stealth features such as disguising the anti-theft components of avast! under a different name and hiding it from the App launcher makes it difficult for a thief to find the security app.

Mr. Schwindt also liked the loud siren, which is even useful for finding a lost phone at home.
Unlike that other reviewed product, avast! Free Mobile Security does not require its users to buy an upgrade to have full functionality so they can remotely erase data in a stolen phone.
Keeping control over private data in a lost phone is where he sees the risk for most people: “In this case, it’s important to have a well-functioning security tool to limit the damage as much as possible,” explained Mr. Schwindt.



The new avast! 7 is coming and we would like to tell you about it. If you will be in San Francisco at the RSA Security Conference 2012, please join us on February 29th for dinner and a look under the hood of the new avast! 7.