Trend Micro's Mobile Security is a virus protection app to consider if you are ready to wrap some protection around your Android phone or tablet. It performs well and includes an extensive feature list. Unlike some mobile virus protection app vendors that 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.
Since 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 last left it in your home. In such a case, you can trigger an alarm on your phone, 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 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.
For help and support, visit the company's FAQs page, which covers many topics like billing and technical issues.
Trend Micro Mobile Security has the ability to protect against malware and its feature set is one of the most complete in the product category. Although certain Trend Micro competitors omit some combination of parental controls, antispam and online backup, Trend Micro includes all three.