MYAndroid is designed to protect your Android handset, but it doesn’t offer the most intuitive process to get the app working.
There is a free 30-day trial available, although the on-screen messages suggest that you must purchase it first before you start using the app.
Instead, to start the free trial you must select the on-screen Purchase option, and then choose the bottom button labelled 'Synchronize account info' to start using the app. See also: Group test: what's the best Android antivirus?
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Once you’ve installed your trial version of MYAndroid, you can scan the smartphone you were worried might have been hacked.
Android 4.0 which we were using for our smartphone tests is not listed as compatible, although we were able to install MYAndroid on a phone running Android 2.3 – the most recent option listed. Support for Google’s 2010 release of Android 3.0 is said to be ‘coming soon’.
After a complete reevaluation of this software, AV-Test ranked MYAndroid’s protective qualities just above the NQ Mobile Security app that charmed us with its impressive interface and strong backup and location elements.
Both scored 90-percent or more success in 18 out of 19 categories for malware scanning, with the remaining threat, Exploit.Lotoor, identified in more cases than not.
Real-time scanning against an online database is included and should ensure that MYAndroid’s virus definitions are up to date.
MYAndroid also promises backup and recovery services, along with remote lock and a map-based retrieval setup. You can set off your phone’s alarm if you believe it stolen, too.
For social-network mavens, there is an advertised ability to delete personal data from Twitter, Facebook and other social-media sites. This feature is initiated by an SMS txt message to a missing phone.
This review was updated on Friday 27th April to explain the free registration process.