When it comes to mobile security, we readily recommend Avast's option. Not only does it offer fantastic malware protection, but the built-in Anti-Theft is one of the best tools you can have installed should your device ever get lost or stolen. Today, the company is taking advantage of Google+ Community beta testing with Mobile Security, Anti-Theft, and a new product called Backup.

The beta testing period will only last for a week, during which time the company is inviting advanced users to give this new trio a shot and provide feedback before they become available to everyone. Each tool has a few new changes under the hood, which also includes premium features for paid users. It's worth noting that Avast has made it very clear that existing features will remain free, and only new features will become premium. So you won't lose any functionality that you're already using.

Here's a look at what's new in the betas:

avast! Mobile Security

  • Some UI rework: simple new dashboard
  • App Locking: Protect applications by password (premium)
  • Ad Detector or the Advanced Privacy Advisor: Scan applications for presence of the most common ad networks giving you insight into what type of information is gathered (premium)

avast! Anti-Theft

  • Advanced Web Features
    • Take pictures (premium)
    • Record audio (premium)
    • Collect contacts, call log and SMS (premium)
    • Send SMS from your phone (premium)
  • Geofencing: Automatically detect and act accordingly if your device moves out of a defined region (e.g. while you are in a bar) (premium)

avast! Mobile Backup

  • Back up contacts, call logs, SMS (free)
  • Back up images (free)
  • Back up audio files (premium)
  • Back up video files (premium)
  • Back up apps (premium)
  • Back up app settings (rooted devices only) (premium)

Naturally, the next question is how do I join the beta test? Simple answer: join the Avast Google+ Community, select the product(s) you wish to test under "About this community," and that's essentially it. The selected products will be available as updates to your existing installations (so make sure you sign up with the same Google account you use in the Play Store) within 24 hours.

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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.

  • The Friend One

    Great to See +avast! Antivírus launching premium version too. I will surely be buying it. Without Premium Features also, Avast is the best for mobile. :)

  • DJRiful

    Are the Premium Features requires root access? I have Ceberus here and half of those function needs root access.

  • Paul

    Getting's 404's on all the links on Google+ guess they closed it?

    • Texan29

      Have to join the community and then click on the links. :)

  • cwagner

    So what is with users who bought AntiTheft when it was standalone payware?

  • Brandito

    How many dollars, that's what I want to know, and will it be a subscription or one time payment?

    • DJRiful

      I found the price... and I'm sticking to Cerberus.

      • Brandito

        Care to share with the rest of the class?

        • DJRiful

          I've removed the beta test but last seen was about $3-4 per month. Cerberus is for life one-time fee and it does everything already except backup, As for anti-virus, I stick to basic version of Avast.

          I'm not saying not supporting Avast, I have a fully pay Internet Security 2-years sub on my desktop. Just those features to me are not worth the cost.

          • RichA

            I got the Avast Update and the screen to subscribe came up. It is $2/mo. or $15/yr.

  • jedidiah

    Pls where can i get thr $3 a month avast stuff? Am tired of monthly changing from one company to anoda for free 30days trial lol. I wanna pay now