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Whether you think Android needs an anti-malware program or not, Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android is a useful security app for any Android smartphone or tablet. In addition to cloud-based malware scanning, Bitdefender Mobile Security has remote geolocation and anti-theft features – you can log into a website, view your Android’s location on a map, and control it remotely. Bitdefender also offers phishing protection for Android’s default browser and an Application Audit tool that simplifies app permission management. Bitdefender supports Android 2.2 and later versions of Android.

Bitdefender Mobile offers all its features free for the first two weeks, after which you’ll need the premium version ($9.95 a year) to take advantage of the Web Security and Anti-Theft features. The Malware Scanner, Application Audit, and Remote Geolocation features are free to everyone.

Want a premium copy? We’re giving away 25 premium copies of Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android worth a total of $250 this week. Read on for your chance to win!

Getting Started

When you install Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android, you’ll be prompted to create a My Bitdefender account – or log in with one if you already have one. You can use this account to remotely locate your device and use the anti-theft features from a web browse. After you create your accoutn, you’ll see a control panel with the four major features included with Bitdefender Mobile – Malware Scanner, Application Audit, Web Security, and Anti-Theft. There’s also an Event Viewer, which displays a log of Bitdefender’s activity.

bitdefender mobile security

Malware Scanner

Tap the Malware Scanner icon to perform a scan. Bitdefender’s architecture saves battery power by not performing CPU-intensive scanning on your smartphone or tablet. Instead, Bitdefender scans your device’s apps and generates fingerprints. After generating the fingerprints, Bitdefender Mobile uploads them to Bitdefender’s servers, where they’re compared to known malware. This cloud-based architecture also ensures that you’re always using the latest malware definitions – you don’t have to perform regular definition updates.

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Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android also scans apps when you install them to prevent potentially malicious applications from installing. When your removable storage becomes mounted, Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android scans it too – this ensures malicious APK files can’t be copied from a computer to your device’s storage.

bitdefender android malware scanner

Application Audit

The Application Audit screen helps you see which apps on your device have potentially harmful permissions. You can see which applications have access to the Internet, access to private data (such as your contacts), or access to things that could potentially cost you money (such as sending SMS messages). You can tap an app from here to view more details about its permissions and quickly uninstall it. This screen can help alert you to potentially unwanted apps – for example, if you see a game in the Costs section, that may be a warning sign.

bitdefender application audit

Web Security

Web security is basically a phishing and malware filter for your browser – although it only works with Android’s default browser app, named Internet. Desktop browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer all have built-in phishing and malware filters, but Android’s default browser doesn’t. When Web Security is enabled, each web address you load in the default browser is sent to Bitdefender’s servers. The servers respond and tell your device whether there’s a problem with the website or not – if you’re trying to access a phishing website or one that contains malware, you’ll see a warning page instead. If you don’t want to use this feature, you can disable it.

bitdefender web security

Remote Geolocation & Anti-Theft

Bitdefender Mobile Security’s Anti-Theft feature can function like a “Find My iPhone” service for Android phones. Remote geolocation is on by default, allowing you to open your browser, log in to the My Bitdefender site with the password you created when you set up the app, and view the location of your phone on a map. (The phone must be connected to the Internet for these features to work.) You can also enable the remote lock and remote wipe features if you want the ability to remotely lock or wipe your device if you lose access to it.

bitdefender anti-theft

The Locate button on the My Bitdefender website uses your device’s GPS to provide an accurate location. In my test, Bitdefender showed my device’s current street-level location and provided an accurate range of street addresses that the device was located at. I chose not to show my precise location on the screenshot below, but Bitdefender knew it.

From the website, you can also send messages to the device and play an alarm sound on it – the anti-theft feature can help you find your phone if you’ve lost it in a city or even if you’ve misplaced it in your house.

bitdefender remote geolocation

Download your own copy to take it for a spin – Bitdefender Mobile Security offers all the features free for the first two weeks. If you like it, good news — we’re giving away 25 premium copies of Bitdefender Mobile Security worth a total of $250 this week!

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions. Please note that we’ve included a new entry method which utilises your MakeUseOf points.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

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The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
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  • Joses Lemmuela
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  • Wayne Franklin

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  1. Joses Lemmuela
    July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I can't believe I really won a Giveaway, for the first time! Also, I received the email confirming the copy of the trial version. However, I have a question. Are there any limits as to when I can claim the copy, since I don't have the Android in my hands yet? Thank you very much :D

    • Tina
      July 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Congratulations, Joses!!! :)

  2. Daniel Perez
    July 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Man do I need this tool for my phone, being a beginner this could really help.

  3. Sharon Schlein
    July 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I entered this and would like this software/ Good Luck to All

  4. Karen Ang
    July 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I own a crap Android phone but I'm hoping to win this when I buy a new one.

  5. Sean Ang
    July 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

    How does this Bitdender compare to Avast? Is it better in term of performance and memory footprint?

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

      Avast is really great, especially because it's free. Avast is the free Android security app I'd recommend. You can't go wrong with it.

      As far as performance, I didn't directly compare the two, but they seemed pretty similar -- both didn't seem to slow anything down too much.

  6. Gian Singh
    July 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    looks cool, though i have an iphone

  7. Charles Campbell
    July 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I have an android phone, I guess this is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks

  8. Jan Görtzen
    July 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    So... does it drain a lot of battery while surfing the net and stuff?

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 17, 2012 at 1:32 am

      I didn't experience noticable battery draining.

  9. Hugo Ch
    July 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    will bitdefender slow down my android device?

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 17, 2012 at 1:32 am

      I didn't experience much slowness -- obviously it will slow your device down a tiny bit when installing an app, but the cloud-based scanning should alleviate a lot of potential performance problems.

  10. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Nice article, bit defender is one of the best av.

  11. prakash
    July 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Thanks Chris no doubt Bitdefender provides a great security whether it's a desktop or mobile

  12. Mayur Godhani
    July 13, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I am in !! hope i will get one copy :)

  13. Kelly Buchanan
    July 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I use bitdefender on my pc, would love to have it on my GNex!

  14. firdaus
    July 12, 2012 at 6:34 am

    great mobile security apllication..hooe can win it one?

  15. Joses Lemmuela
    July 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Hmm... Still doubting whether an antivirus is needed for an Android. Still, I hope I can win though :p

  16. erickhbhn
    July 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    It'll be useful for my andropid phone !

  17. vineedcool
    July 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    i hav an android mob,,,want dis,,hey can you guys giveaway avast pro antivirus or may be internet security :D :P

  18. musicphann
    July 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Don't have an Android phone but that seems pretty cool. Their boot-able Linux disc for removing viruses has been in my arsenal for a while and is great.

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