After releasing a free version of avast! Mobile Security in December 2011, AVAST releases also it’s paid-for sister called avast! Mobile Premium.

According to AVAST, the free version is currently being used by more than 25 million Android users (counting both mobile, and tablets). But still it’s probably less than AVG AntiVirus Security – FREE which, according to the Google Play, got between 50 – 100 million installations. Also funny is that both competitors got exactly same user’s rating – 4.6 points (as of today). Anyway let’s get back to the avast! Mobile Premium.

Advanced Security Features in Mobile Premium

Differences compared to the free version are quite small, however they could be handy. Especially the advanced Anti-Theft feature looks great.

  • Premium Anti-Theft – Contains advanced features like Geo-Fencing, and remote control of the phone (SMS, camera, data recovery)
  • Premium Backup – Offers automatic backup of your videos, music, and apps including it’s settings (in the free version the Backup covers only photos, contacts, and messages)
  • Application Locking – Locks unlimited amount of apps you will select
  • Ad Detector – Detects installed apps and tells you what kind of information about you they’re tracking
  • Password Check – Locks your phone after 3 wrong attempts to unlock it

While the last three looks less interesting, let’s talk about the Premium Anti-Theft, and Backup.

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What the Hell is ‘Geo-Fencing’

So called Geo-Fencing is part of the Premium Anti-Theft. It basically gives you an option to define an action when your phone gets out of the perimeter (virtual circle). Let’s you’re in the bar so you set the perimeter to 100 metres, and if someone steals you a phone from pocket, run with it beyond the border, it will perform your defined action. You can select actions like really loud alarm, phone lock, SMS notification, and many more.

Backup that Backs-up Everything

For the worst case, if you lost your phone for ever. You don’t need worry about all your data as you got Premium Backup. That basically backs-up everything you have in the phone including phone settings, and game scores. Backup of photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages is sort of a standard these days, so no surprise avast! Premium Backup covers all of it.

How to Upgrade from Free to Mobile Premium

Only way how to obtain avast! Mobile Premium is the upgrade from the avast! Free Mobile Security. Simply tap on the green icon ‘Go Premium!’ on the application main screen. Pricing is as follows

  • $1.99 per month, or
  • $14.99 per year
  • Both are auto-renewals

If you consider the advanced features which could safe you a lot of troubles with the lost phone (and money, of course), the price seems reasonable.

Source: Official avast! Press Release; Official avast! Blog

Written by Paul B.

My name is Paul and I love Avast since the Home Edition v4.8 (2008). I am recommending it to all my friends, but I realized they don't know how to use it. So I started this site in order to help others getting maximum from this awesome antivirus. Feel free to contact me via Facebook, comments below or this form.

This article has 3 comments | Did we miss anything? Just let us know in the comments!

  1. irfan aalam Reply

    I have a desk top and a moble what shall be my premum for two years

    • Reply

      Hi irfan,

      Unfortunately there is no single product which would protect both your computer and mobile. You have to get them separately.

  2. Jeff Reply

    Can geo-fencing be used on the Samsung note 10.1 2014 Edition that is only WI-FI.

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