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What's behind our mobile security software Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 15 models in mobile security software to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based mainly on performance blocking malware and effectiveness of anti-theft features, as well as ease of use.
  • Locate
    How effectively the app allowed locating a lost or stolen device.
  • Lock
    How effectively the app allowed locking a lost or stolen device from use.
  • Wipe
    How effectively the app allowed wiping data from a lost or stolen device.
  • Anti-malware
    How effectively the app protected against malware.
  • Ease of use
    How easy the app was to set up, configure and use.
  • Resources
    Resources measures use of memory and tendency to slow device operation during a scan.
  • Versatility
    The mix of features and capabilities within the app.


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Mobile Security Software provides mobile device-specific security for your phone, tablet, or laptop. Look for a broad range of effective features such as antivirus and anti-malware protection, simple interface, and easy installation. Before you make your buying decision, you should consider whether you need a lost and stolen phone locator service, an application privacy adviser, blocking of malicious sites, known exploits, and phishing URLs, and a backup service. If you're looking for information about Mobile Security Software, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ Mobile Security Software reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our Mobile Security Software buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and Mobile Security Software reviews to help you choose the best Mobile Security Software for your needs.

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