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Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus (Full Review 2020)
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Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus (Full Review 2020)

Kaspersky is a well-established brand when it comes to security. Kaspersky has been in business since 1997. With over 2 decades of experience, Kaspersky has always produced reliable security solutions for businesses as well as individuals. But Is Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus as capable as Kaspersky Antivirus for PC? Before diving into a detailed explanation of its features, let’s first take a look at its Pros and Cons.

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Pros

Second to None Malware Protection

Reliable Call Blocking

Easy on System Resources

Affordable

Application Control

Protection from Phishing Scams

Cons

Free Version doesn’t offer Automatic App Scanning

Lesser features when compared with other software

Doesn’t scan Wi-Fi networks

No SMS Trigger for Anti-Theft commands

No Privacy Advisor

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus Features:

Having seen What Kaspersky Antivirus does the best and what doesn’t, let’s move forward into the detailed discussion of its features and value it produces:

List of Features:

  • Strong Malware Protection
  • Anti-Theft Features
  • App Lock
  • Call Filter
  • Internet Security
  • Quarantine
  • Real-Time Protection

Strong Malware Protection:

Installing applications from unknown sources can be dangerous for your device. These untrusted applications may contain malicious code. If you install such applications on your device, you may easily fall prey to hackers. But it is also true that some of the applications not available on the Play Store or App store can provide great functionality and productivity boost.

Strong Malware Protection -

Kaspersky Antivirus offers second to none malware protection. There have been a lot of tests conducted by independent labs to determine the security standards that Kaspersky offers. German lab AV-Test conducted an evaluation in July 2020 with 3,345 samples in which Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus was able to offer protection against 99.8% of the threats. While the industry average was 96.9% (Based on 17 top security applications for Android).

Protection Score - Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Source: AV-Test Lab

However, other competitors like Bitdefender have successfully monitored 100% malware. So, if you are a high-profile person who has information that can affect the lives of people and that a slight 0.2% difference matters to you, you should go for Bitdefender. But if you are a normal user who likes to install a lot of applications on the smartphone to improve productivity and entertainment, Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus can provide you the required protection from Malware (Malicious Software) and also theft.

Anti-Theft Features:

Thefts can be devastating for the security of your Data. All the security you employ to safeguard your device turns useless if the device itself is stolen. Hence, a device has to have Theft-Protection features to deal with such scenarios.

Anti- Theft Feature- Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Kaspersky offers tons of Anti-Theft features such as locating the device, wiping the data remotely, triggering the alarm, locking the device, Uninstall Protection, Sim watch, and taking Mug Shot. These features are aimed at protecting your device and data from theft.

Therefore, if you are someone who travels a lot and has a lot of important files and data you can’t afford to lose or get in hands of some intruder, Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus can provide you the needed security.

However, one little drawback is Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus doesn’t let you trigger the Anti-Theft commands such as locating the device or wiping the data through SMSs. This feature may come in handy when you are not around any computer. This feature is available with Bitdefender and other antiviruses.

App Lock:

App-Lock is one feature that is available with most Antiviruses. Even when it is not available you can easily download tons of applications from the Play Store and App Store. This feature is only available with the Premium Version of the App.

Call-Filtering:

Call-Filtering is one feature that can be a very useful feature for a certain type of people with a certain type of job and business. However, the call-filtering feature isn’t available with many of the reputed antiviruses such as Bitdefender and if it is, it doesn’t work reliably with most security applications. Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus’s Call-Filtering feature works reliably and works 100% of the time.

Call Filtering - Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Internet Security:

Kaspersky mobile Antivirus provides protection against malicious websites and phishing scams. Phishing scams can be dangerous for your data privacy.

However, Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus doesn’t come bundled with a VPN which keeps loopholes open for various cyber threats. VPN is available with many other reputed mobile Antiviruses such as McAfee and Bitdefender.

Quarantine:

Kaspersky Antivirus, when finds a file to be potentially malicious or dangerous, separates the file from the device and stores it in an isolated place where it cannot communicate with other files and applications. It helps ensure exceptional security from various malware.

Real-time protection:

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus helps provide Real-time protection which ensures protection from Malware before they can get installed or access the files and folders on the system. However, this feature is only available with the Premium version of Kaspersky.

Premium version of Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Source: Kaspersky USA

In addition to these, Kaspersky is light on system resources. According to tests conducted by AV-Test Labs, Kaspersky has been proven to have no impact on system performance and Battery life of the device.

System Performance and Battery life Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus
Source: AV-Test Labs

With all the above-mentioned features Kaspersky is truly an application that can satisfy the security needs of most Mobile Users. However, it is still not for everyone.

Feature Comparison:

KasperskyMcAfeeBitdefender
VPNNoYesYes
Call BlockerYesNoNo
Public Wi-Fi credibility AdvisorNoYesYes
Anti-TheftYesYesYes
Application ControlYesYesYes
Backup of Personal Data to SD CardNoYesNo
Privacy AdvisorNoYesNo

Who should buy and who should ignore Kaspersky:

If you are a normal user who uses the phone for daily usual tasks and doesn’t require a load of features and if an affordable protection from Malware and potential Thefts are your priorities, then Kaspersky is the best solution for you.

On the other hand, if you are a power user who conducts most of the critical business from mobile and would like full protection from cyber threats, one who travels a lot and needs to connect to public Wi-Fi very often and the one who has very sensitive data that can’t be put to risk any-how, you should look for other options. If spending more bucks isn’t a concern for you, Bitdefender and McAfee security can be the ideal options for you.

We hope we were able to help you with the features of Kaspersky Internet Security and Antivirus and were also helpful in deciding if Kaspersky is for you or not. Let us know what you think about Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Matthew

    Here from your previous blog, How effective Norton mobile Security is in 2020? It was helpful too. But my quest to find the best antivirus for mobile devices is still on.

  2. Sagar Kapoor

    Hey Matthew, We are glad that you are finding our blogs helpful. Keep visiting.

  3. Akshita

    Loved the way every detail has been elaborated! I can easily asses whether or not I should opt for this Antivirus solution. Thankyou for such a valid and crisp information.

  4. Akshita

    Every detail has been elaborated nicely! I can, now, easily asses whether or not I should opt for this Antivirus solution. Thankyou for such a valid and crisp information.

  5. Sagar Kapoor

    Hey Akshita, I am glad that you liked the blog. We have reviews for more such Antivirus solutions, if they may interest you.

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