24
Sep
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Theft Aware was possibly the most ingenious Android security solution back before it was bought out by Avast. At the time, developer ITAgents promised paying customers that they would be remembered once Avast rolled out a premium version of their mobile security suite. Now that time has come. Avast is giving away free one-year licenses to anyone who previously purchased Theft Aware, a savings of $15.

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Avast recently updated its mobile security suite, bringing in a new premium subscription containing features such as app locking, ad detecting, password checking, remote identification, app settings backup for rooted phones, and more. These new paid-for options can be found inside both Avast's Mobile Security and its Mobile Backup apps. They are available for a recurring monthly price of $1.99 or $14.99 annually, but former paying Theft Aware customers can now have these features free for one full year.

Such users should have already received an email from Avast containing a voucher code that can be used at any time, even after a pre-existing annual premium subscription expires a year from now. If you have changed your email address since using Theft Aware, send a message over to android@avast.com containing your original Theft Aware order ID, and they will help you out.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • sketaful

    Nice since I actually had Theft Aware. :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Well now that Google and Cyanogenmod are starting to give away services that I was using through Avast I'm having a hard time justifying the install.

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

      Root benefits that make it reset-proof.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        In my experience after flashing roms I've always had to go in and set up it up again. I think it only prevents it from being wiped after a factory reset.

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

          That's exactly what I said - the reset. If you blow away the whole system, it won't survive.

  • Michael

    Rip Theft Aware. Lifetime subscription replaced by shitty premium features

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

      Wat? Avast gives you everything that Theft Aware did with Anti-Theft, all for free, and then some.

      • cwagner

        We were promised free lifetime upgrades when we bought Theft Aware back then.

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

          And that's what you got. Anti-Theft is completely free.

          • cwagner

            Upgrades usually include the advanced features developed. Those will only be for premium subscribers.

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

            Alright, you do have a point there. I've asked Avast to chime in.

          • Michael

            Good that i'm not the only one.

  • Zlatty

    What's the app that let's you overlap your D/U speeds?

  • newbie

    Avast AV is hugely overrated. For paid, there are far better options - Kaspersky, G-Data, Bitdefender, Emsisoft and even in free, Bitdefender free is much better in terms of lightness and signatures. Anti-theft users got shafted.