Webroot's antivirus software for mobile devices, Secure Anywhere Mobile Premier, defends against multiple attack vectors. For example, the ability to block malicious websites that are known to transmit infections or to phish for personal data is almost more important than mobile antivirus protection. Webroot blocks such sites.
Webroot automatically scans apps to determine whether they contain malware. It also detects system issues that arise within devices and operating systems. If any of your apps have access to personal information or if they can track you, Webroot reveals them. It also identifies which apps access the network.
Although the Android operating system is somewhat difficult to compromise with malware, it does happen. However, the criminal element prefers to engineer hacks that depend more on manipulating you via phishing attempts. Webroot's antiphishing capabilities present warnings about fake websites designed to trick you into sharing personal information, a protection that extends to threats that appear on Facebook and Twitter.
Webroot's mobile virus protection app includes convenient protection features. For example, if you are receiving unwanted calls and messages, you can block the senders. Webroot doesn't include parental controls. (However, there are parental control apps you can install on your child's smartphone.)
Webroot SecureAnywhere Premier does not include online backup, which is perhaps not a glaring omission given that most Android users use cloud-based services to maintain files, pics, contacts, calendars and music. Webroot is also missing any kind of encryption.
Webroot's anti-theft features greatly reduce the inconvenience of losing a smartphone by way of carelessness, theft or robbery. If you happen to simply misplace your phone and have no means of phoning it to reveal its location, you can send a command that triggers an alarm on your phone. When you are separated from your phone for more serious reasons, you can remotely view its GPS location, lock it or erase its data (assuming it is connected to the internet). Should a thief attempt to change the SIM card, your phone will lock down.
If you are wondering about the effect Webroot will have on the performance of your Android phone, you can rest assured knowing that it interferes very little and will run in the background. Webroot performs in such a way that it does not drain the battery unduly. In any case, Webroot includes a battery monitor that collects battery statistics and reveals which apps suck the most juice.
If you need help setting up Webroot or run into issues while using it, you can visit the company's website where it has posted articles and quick-start videos. Help and support are available by live chat, telephone and email.
Assuming that you do not need parental controls or backup utilities and you don't mind the lack of encryption capabilities, Webroot Secure Anywhere Mobile Premier is a good choice in mobile web security. It performs well and does not bog down smartphone performance. It blocks malware and phishing sites, and it gives you the tools to minimize opportunities for identity theft should the device ever escape your grasp.