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Avira, a "worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions," has thrown its hat into the Android security ring, releasing Avira Free Android Security to the Market today. The app offers a bevy of familiar anti-theft functions, including remote lock, scream, GPS tracking, and device info monitoring, among others.

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Though Avira's solution offers the old standbys as far as anti-theft functionality, the app also has a few unique touches and key features that make it worth checking out.

First off, the service can handle multiple devices, which is a huge plus in my book. The app also allows users to add a convenient button to the lock screen which will call a predetermined phone number, allowing the person who finds your phone to get a hold of you quickly and easily. Avira also stores security history, recording all user commands for posterity.

It's also worth noting that Avira is currently in its beta stage. That being said, the app looks very promising, and already offers polished functionality and a smooth interface.

Best of all, Avira's security solution is absolutely free in the Android Market. If you've yet to choose an anti-loss/anti-theft security solution for your Android-powered devices, Avira is definitely worth a shot. Click through the link below to grab the app, or check out Avira's website for more information about the company's other security solutions.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • eTiMaGo

    Not compatible with my Galaxy Nexus for some reason?

  • MIchael Wong

    How does this compare with Cerebus?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I had to lol @ that name.

      • hyperbolic

        What name, Cerberus ?
        I thought Cerberus is one of the best anti-theft apps in android..

        • Mesmorino

          It is, but the other guy said "Cerebus"

        • slurms mckenzie

          i thought he misread "michael wang" lol

  • Mesmorino

    Avira offers a solid pc security suite and if this app offered integration with the pc versions in some way or the other I might switch from Cerberus. Hell, I've got half a mind to switch right now, Avria is that good (or maybe I just trust them that much)

    Luke Filewalker has been keeping all of my pcs from the dark side for almost 10 years now

  • sriracha

    i see ads.. and it's missing a few things i've grown accustom to with avast. i'd need two or three more apps to make up the difference. moving along.

  • fluxgfx

    It's unfortunate that there's no actual file scan being done...

    The security features it has is pretty much the same as all the others on the market. Avast, Eset, Lookout, Norton, Cerberus etc...

    Now if there was an option for full device encryption... that would be even better.

  • Mark

    I used to use a combo of Avira and Avast on the computers I worked on for friends and family. Sometimes Avira, sometimes Avast. Then Avast Mobile security for Android and came with that awesome TheftAware anti-theft built in. Also around the same time the company I worked for switched from Symantec to Avast Enterprise to handle all the antivirus on its computers/laptops/etc.; so I just sort of moved to Avast from Avira. But I'm glad to see Avira is making its way to Android. How does it's anti-theft compare against theftaware/avast? Does it take advantage of root?

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