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AVG enhances mobile security with Android AntiVirus and iOS Safe Browser

Security software firm AVG is ramping up its mobile presence with the refresh of its AntiVirus for Android service and the launch of the new AVG Safe Browser for iOS.

The Czech company was the first to provide a free security app for Android devices, and the new version 3.0.2 claims to be sleeker and more usable than ever before. Omri Sigelman, VP of products for mobile solutions at AVG, told ITProPortal that the focus had been centred on “simplicity at the front end and sophistication at the back end.”

AVG has tried to achieve this by introducing a clean four button dashboard (above) to take the user to the key functions. These being, ‘Protection’, where the app and file scanner defend the device against threats; ‘Performance’, with tune up and task killer options to maximise speed and battery life; ‘Anti-theft’, which can locate a stolen device and lock or wipe it if necessary; and ‘Privacy’, where apps can be individually locked to prevent access for others using your device.

AVG AntiVirus for Android is available for free on Google Play now. For unlimited use of the app locker and app backup tools – beyond the 14 day trial offered in the free version – you can buy the AVG AntiVirus Pro for £5.99.

Extending AGV’s services to iOS meanwhile, is the new Safe Browser for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users concerned about privacy and identity threats online can take advantage of the browser’s LinkScanner technology which clocks sites that are known to harbour malware or pose scams, as well as AVG’s Do Not Track feature which informs the user what sites are tracking them online and allows you to block ad tracking.

AVG Safe Browser can be downloaded for free in Apple’s App Store.