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April 1, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:14am

Top 5 security apps for Google Nexus 7

Our top tips to ensure you stay safe when using your tablet device online.

By Duncan Macrae

Google’s Nexus 7 was a big hit with both reviewers and consumers following its release, with its impressive features list combining with a surprisingly low price to entice many customers away from Apple’s iPad.

But the Android-powered device is still potentially at risk from the range of threats targeting users of the software. With many users turning to tablet devices to browse the web and go online shopping, there are ample opportunities for hackers to steal away personal data if you aren’t properly protected.

Don’t let this stop you from enjoying your Nexus 7 to the full, though. Here are five of the best antivirus apps for Android tablet devices to help you stay safe.

AVG Tablet

Antivirus experts AVG have developed a tweaked version of their popular software especially for tablets. The free service offers real-time app and download scanning, lost device tracking using Google Maps, and Safe Web Surfing, which will redirect you to a ‘Safe Page’ if an insecure website is accessed.

Kaspersky Tablet Security

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Offering advanced anti-theft protection tools including remote wiping, device tracking and a ‘Mugshot’ service which uses the device’s camera to photograph any potential thieves, Kaspersky’s tablet app provides a comprehensive security service which is also evolving constantly thanks to the company’s security labs team. The app also offers an alarm service which can alert you if your device is lost nearby.


Ikarus has been providing security services since 1986, with its mobile package offering thorough protection against malicious apps and websites. The app allows you to configure which particular apps or files should be monitored, and whether any specific USSD codes should be blocked, and also provides daily updates on any major threats.

Norton Mobile Security

Another major name in PC security, Norton’s mobile service offers a comprehensive list of features, including the ability to scan incoming downloads and news apps, advanced anti-phishing provisions to stop malicious websites from stealing personal data, and remote wipe and lock services. It also allows users to back up important contacts and restore them across mobile and tablet devices.

Dr. Web Antivirus

Designed specifically for Android devices, meaning its impact on processing power is minimal; Dr. Web includes a specialised Cloud Checker service which can block access to potentially dangerous sites, such as those containing adult content or known sources of viruses. The app is also able to detect new, unknown malware using its Origins Tracing technology, which will alert you if anything is detected.



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