Does Your Fire Phone Need Antivirus?
In general any device that is connected to the Internet and runs some operating system is vulnerable to viruses or other kinds of malware. Android, due to its open-source nature, is the most targeted operating system when it comes to malware attacks.
As you probably know Fire OS running on your Fire phone is a slight modification of Android, which means your phone is vulnerable.
Of course, having anti-virus software installed on mobile phones is not as essential as on computers, but it’s still a good practice and even a must in some cases (I will talk about them later).
So does Fire phone need antivirus? Let’s find out.
When Your Fire Phone Must Have Some Antivirus App (95% Cases)
If you are an active user (i.e. you don’t use your Fire only to make calls and text), you probably run the risk of infecting it (almost every day). Don’t worry too much, though. This is the risk almost every smart phone owner faces all the time.
Fortunately, you’ve got me and I am here to warn you and show you how you can best protect your Fire phone (and what level of protection you really need).
So when does your Fire phone need antivirus or some security app most?
- If you install many apps, including the apps outside of Amazon Appstore. Having some antivirus app on your Fire phone is especially important if you allow installation of applications not from Amazon Appstore and you install apps from different app stores (or you manually transfer and install APK files on your Fire). I don’t recommend this practice to anyone but advanced users who really know what they are doing.
- If you browse the Internet using public wireless connections. You don’t really know who administers the public WiFi network you’ve just connected your Fire phone to. In most cases, data transferred over these networks aren’t protected at all. I recommend you don’t conduct any sensitive activities (like making a bank transfer) when using a public WiFi network. If you have no choice, at least use one or two good security apps that will monitor your Fire and alert you if needed.
- If you actively use e-mail or social media sites (like Facebook or Instagram). E-mail boxes and social media feeds are very often full of malicious links. How many times have you seen a very shocking headline of something that looked like an article on Facebook? How many times have you clicked that out of curiosity and let this “article” spread further? If you ever click such a link from your Fire phone, you seriously risk infecting it. If you are an active user of social media sites, you should definitely equip your Fire phone with some antivirus app.
When You Will Do Without Antivirus Apps (5% Cases Or Less)
You can do without installing any anti-virus apps for your Fire phone in the following three cases:
- You are an advanced user who really knows what he or she is doing (when installing some app, downloading stuff or changing settings).
- You use your Fire phone mainly to make calls, text and take photos.
- You don’t use public WiFi networks (you only use Mobile Data or the secured WiFi network at home or work).
- You don’t install apps not from Amazon Appstore and the apps you install from Amazon are top rated (at least of 4 stars).
In any other case, I recommend installing at least one anti-virus app (you can choose one from the free ones below).
Three Best Anti-Virus Apps For Fire Phone
I’ve tested many different anti-virus apps for Fire phone and chose the top three. I recommend that you install at least one of them on your Fire.
AVG FREE Antivirus Security & Protection
The app offers you four interesting features: protection (scanning apps, files, websites, media files etc. and removing malware), improved performance (killing tasks and processes, optimizing battery consumption, monitoring traffic), anti-theft (locating a stolen phone and remote wipe) and privacy (app locker, app backup, call & message blocker, wipe).
This is the most advanced and comprehensive app of these three.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free
If you don’t want to install a more advanced multi-functional app like AVG above, you should try Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
Bitdefender is an excellent antivirus program for desktop computers and does equally well when it comes to mobile phones. It doesn’t require any configuration (and it doesn’t drain your battery).
All you have to do is install the app, open it and tap Scan. Remember to turn Autopilot ON so that it will scan any new apps.
This small and simple app Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will let you protect your Fire phone from malware, infected apps, and unauthorized surveillance by offering a few top-notch security solutions, such as, closing security holes, anti-malware/anti-spyware, privacy manager, security audit and application manager.
It will detect and remove any malware and spyware from your Fire phone.