Several weeks ago, avast! released a beta version of its mobile security and anti-theft apps (the latter of which used to be Theft Aware) that brought with it a slew of new features, as well as an all-new web portal. Those new features have now left the beta stages and the final release of version 2 is available in the Play Store.

This is a pretty major overhaul for what I believe was already among the best anti-theft/anti-virus solutions for Android. I've been using the beta over the last several weeks and the web portal is comparable to the best that I've ever used, which includes most paid services. It's simple and intuitive, yet powerful enough to offer basically anything you would want should your device get lost or stolen.

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Aside from the web portal, the new update also brings a handful of other features, including a network meter, incoming message scanning, real-time app protection, a widget, and an improved interface for tablets.

As always, avast!, along with all of its features, is completely free. Hit the widget grab it, and head over to the web portal to sign up for an account and give it a spin.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Good to see this stuff integrated, trying to update it now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002408780907 Cheyenne Terrell

    I remember reading their TOS when it first came out, it seemed they had the right to share your info or something. It's been so long, I can't remember exactly. Does the app still have privacy concerns or is my tinfoil hat on too tight?

  • Trixz_D

    I have just update my avast and created an online account but when i try to log in on my phone it says my avast is too old please update even though i just have updated it is anyone else having this issue ?

    • patapongirl

      Try logging in to your Avast account online? I know Avast antivirus needs you to update your registration once a year.

      • Trixz_D

        It says my installation on the phone is too old :(

        • Joe718

          You have to manually update the anti theft component separately from the main app. I was getting the same message, it works now...

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

      Did you update Anti-Theft too?

      • Trixz_D

        Yep i even use the in app update and it says i have the newest version.

      • Trixz_D

        oh wait my phone avast has just promted me to update it.

        • Trixz_D

          Turns out I updated it through play store but it had to wait 20 or so mins before i could get the update from avast if you know what i mean lol

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

    Is it better than Cerberus?

    • Vivek Kabra

      Would like to know this as well

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

        I personally prefer it to Cerberus, especially now with the web UI. It's won my heart ever since Theft Aware.

        • Altech

          I have been using Cerberus, and I like it. I am on JB, so they haven't perfected it yet, using a beta. I tried installing this, but had to uninstall Cerberus as Avast saw a conflict (understandable).
          One thing I like about Cerberus over this, is I can't get a photo taken on an unlock code with Avast. I thought Theft Aware use to offer this. Anyway I like Avast's web interface.
          I had too many issues with the beta with Cerberus, but once it goes final with the bugs ironed out, I will decide which one to keep. Also Cerberus support was excellent, I hope Avast's is too.

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

            Honestly, I think they do both work OK simultaneously. Just test it out, it worked for me. At least on Sprint.

        • Vivek Kabra

          Will stick to avast .. thanx !

    • Chris

      Not even in the slightest. Cerberus is a boss and it doesn't pretend to be something it's not. Virus scanners, in general, are fear mongering snake oil selling terrorists. Cerberus is lighter and not as intrusive.

      • John Smith

        virus scanners are NOT BS. Lookout found "SMS Replicator" Malware App on my phone when i tested it. if someone would have surreptitiously installed it on my phone - the only way i would know is because LOOKOUT would have found it. i like that peace of mind and security!

      • Abe Lincoln

        You can uninstall the avast anti-virus and leave the anti-theft component in place if you choose to do so, bringing the avast apps' total usage down and reducing their "intrusiveness". Also, avast is free.

  • Nico

    F*****g Avast, I paid for theft aware and now have free crap from AVAST, give me my money wankers!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Agreed! I was promised some money wankers and AVAST never delivered! Quit bogarting the Money Wankers®!!!

      • Wayne Randall

        So wait, the Money Wankers® is a lie?

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

      Cry me a river.

  • Albert Rabuyo

    Been using this on BETA version, and it's a really big improvement. I haven't tried any other anti-virus software, but as it is (this update), it's very very reliable and secure.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    So, we can just let Play Store do the update? Or should I first uninstall the old one?

    I'm asking this question because I had the anti-theft component embedded into /system ...

    On second thought, just to be safe, I think I'll uninstall the older version first. But I'm going to wait until the day after tomorrow before doing it, because based on the comments left by others, it seems that Avast's servers are being hammered severely :-)

  • Grumpy

    Useless anti-theft, was removed by friend in seconds due to stupid filename in system/app folder.

  • pxi312

    a web portal.

  • pwsfinest

    I found a security flaw and wanted to see if anyone else experiences this with Android 4.0+... Use the dialer to open the hidden Anti-Theft app. Now open the "recent apps". Does your PIN show in the thumbnail for the dialer? Mine does. Sent a message to support, awaiting a reply.

  • dogergr

    Photo taking feature here too..

  • Alfredo Votta

    personally prefer it to Cerberus