ESET Mobile Security for Android review, manual and guides

by Olivia Morelli - -

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android[1] is developed by one of the security software industry leaders ESET.

The company is well known for its innovative and comprehensive security and antivirus products for both business users and individual users. ESET is a Slovak company and was established in 1992 and today successfully provides service to more than 110 million customers around the world.[2]

ESET Mobile Security for Android Review

ESET develops a variety of applications for home users across all the major operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

It also offers multi-device protection and a range of security, privacy and optimization tools.

For Android users, ESET has developed a range of applications suitable for their smartphones and tablets, such as ESET Parental Control, ESET Smart TV Security, ESET Antivirus Test, ESET Password Manager, ESET Endpoint Security, ESET Stagefright Detector, ESET Secure Authentication, ESET USSD Control and ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus.

ESET Mobile Security is a fast and powerful antivirus and anti-malware application protecting your Android smartphone or tablet.

ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus has been installed more than 10 million times and has a rating of 4.7 stars on the official Google Play app store. ESET follows the freemium model and offers Free and Premium versions of the application. The application requires Android 4.0 or later. ESET also offers 30-day trial including the premium features.[3]

ESET Mobile Security for Android features

Test results

ESET Mobile Security for Android was tested using our test device Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64GB for about 10 days.

Antivirus protection

ESET offers users one of the most powerful antivirus features in the industry. The mobile security application secures Android devices against all types of cybersecurity issues and ransomware attacks.

While we used the application, ESET Mobile Security caught all the malware samples used for the test. The app also includes a real-time scanner and provides users with security reports, which is very convenient and informative.

In addition, it detects and blocks malicious or phishing websites. Any dangerous websites were blocked, as we tried to visit them.

In order to provide users with the most accurate evaluation, we also will compare the independent German-based testing lab AV-TEST’s results. Even though ESET Mobile Security did not participate in the most recent tests, it was tested many times before from January 2013 until November 2017. It is worth to mention, that in most of the tests ESET Mobile Security demonstrated outstanding results.[4]

The most recent test that ESET Mobile Security was tested, was conducted in November 2017.  Then, the Mobile Security application demonstrated pretty good results and detected 99.6% of the latest Android malware in real-time, and 99.9% of the latest widespread Android malware and delivered only one false positive.

All on one, we can say that ESET Mobile Security for Android has an outstanding antivirus protection.

ESET Mobile Security for Android protectionAdditional features

As it was mentioned before, ESET follows the freemium model and offers free and paid features.

When it comes to Free Mobile Security, the application includes the following features:

  • Antivirus
  • Real-Time Scanner
  • Security Report
  • Activity Log
  • Remote Lock
  • Remote Siren
  • Tablet Support

In addition to its free features, the Premium version includes:

  • App Lock, which protects from unauthorized access to the device.
  • Anti-Phishing system blocks dangerous and suspicious links and websites that attempt to acquire your personal and sensitive information.
  • Proactive Anti-Theft features that protect against unknown SIM and finds to find the missing device. Users are provided with the custom on-screen message, location tracking, and camera snapshots.
  • Schedule scans when it best suits you.
  • Low Battery Alert feature automatically sends the current position and a camera snapshot whenever the device’s battery is low.
  • Automatic Update of Virus Database.

Premium features also include advanced Calling and Messaging filtering features, such as SMS & Call Filter, Time-Based Blocking, Call/SMS Blocking and Block Last Caller feature.

It is also worth to mention that with the Premium version of ESET Mobile Security users can activate the Premium version of ESET Smart TV Security.

As you can see, ESET Mobile Security has a very decent set of extra security and privacy features.

System-performance impact

While testing the application for 10 days we did not notice any interruptions or lags. During the installation, the antivirus app had almost 15% hit on the system, while the full scan impacted the system about 5%. These results are lower than the market average.

In addition, according to AV-TEST, ESET Mobile Security does not impact the battery life or slow down the device. It also does not generate too much traffic.

Scanning performance

When it comes to the scans, users are provided with the real-time scanner, on-demand scanner, and scheduled scans. Scans take more than a minute, which is more than an average, however, they are super informative. ESET also provides users with security reports, which gives a better insight into the device’s health.

ESET mobile security for android anti-theft features

User interface

ESET Mobile Security for Android has a very simple interface. The application is designed in order to complement your device’s experience as all the security functions easily accessible with a single click.

In addition, users are always informed about all important issues as ESET sends notifications and alerts.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Security and Privacy features A decent set of features
Scanning performance Efficient and informative scans
System-performance hit Minimal
User interface Simple

The final verdict

ESET Mobile Security for Android is one of the best applications out there. The application is used and praised by Android users around the world. It has a very solid malware monitoring and antivirus protection rates, robust anti-theft features, and a very affordable pricing. However, most of its useful features are premium-only.

About the author

Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Senior Media writer

Olivia Morelli is a senior media writer on Her favorite topic to write about is ransomware attacks and how to deal with them, but she also enjoys covering the topics of other types of malware and VPNs.

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