Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite is designed to defend your phone from viruses, theft, and unsolicited calls. It's a free security suite whose quality is guaranteed by Kaspersky’s pedigree, a giant among antivirus.
All you have to do to be protected is download the app and register.
Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite scans newly installed applications for viruses using Kaspersky cloud consulting. This system means that it is testing apps being installed on millions of devices daily – giving them a huge sample to draw from. By extension this also mean that it can share its findings with users, so even unknown threats can be stopped quickly. You can also share Kaspersky's findings through social media to alert unprotected friends of possible threats.
For more physical threats, Kaspersky Mobile Security also offers an anti-theft function. By setting a security code number your phone can be locked, erased, and located remotely from any computer. Also, if you aren’t sure your phone is stolen and suspect you have just misplaced it, then you can activate Kaspersky’s alarm mode which will ring even when your phone is on silent.
Given the increases in unwanted calls in recent years, Kaspersky Mobile Security also has a call and message filter for privacy lovers – a convenient way to block spam (and anyone who happens to annoy you). While this is handy you do have to register your own allowed (white-list) and blocked (blacklist) numbers. This makes it feel somewhat basic when compared to an app like Truecaller, which screens incoming numbers against it spam number database to prevent them ever reaching you.
Peace of mind
For most people who just want to feel a bit more secure using their mobile device, the lite version of Kaspersky Mobile Security (reviewed) is a perfect solution. If you have more specific needs, however, and want real-time virus and phishing protection for all of your downloads and messages, then there is a free 30 day trial of the premium version available.