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Avast Mobile Security webshield reported as does not work with Firefox by the devs.
Ref: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=301162.msg1655458#msg1655458

Does anyone know of a Android AV product that does have a webshield that works with Firefox Browser?

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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2021, 10:09:30 PM »
I'm currently using Chrome to keep the web shield scanning active, as the differences in mobile browsers aren't as great.  I haven't tried Opera yet, I think that also works with AMS, web shield.

However to your main question, over the last week I have checked out a number of android AVs, I normally start by looking at the Google Play feedback scores and comments, usually the dissatisfied ones first and some are downright shocking.

I have also tried a few and they haven't lasted very long at all.  I have mainly been looking at the mainstream players in the Windows arena with android apps, the free ones tend to be virtually crippled, pushing towards paid versions.

But my other issue (complicates matters even further) of having a Samsung phone (two) on Android 11 (nightmare) and a Samsung Tablet, thankfully still on Android 10.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2021, 10:45:55 PM »
I'm currently using Chrome to keep the web shield scanning active, as the differences in mobile browsers aren't as great.  I haven't tried Opera yet, I think that also works with AMS, web shield.

However to your main question, over the last week I have checked out a number of android AVs, I normally start by looking at the Google Play feedback scores and comments, usually the dissatisfied ones first and some are downright shocking.

I have also tried a few and they haven't lasted very long at all.  I have mainly been looking at the mainstream players in the Windows arena with android apps, the free ones tend to be virtually crippled, pushing towards paid versions.

But my other issue (complicates matters even further) of having a Samsung phone (two) on Android 11 (nightmare) and a Samsung Tablet, thankfully still on Android 10.
Remember that Opera is Chinese owned.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2021, 12:48:41 AM »
I'm currently using Chrome to keep the web shield scanning active, as the differences in mobile browsers aren't as great.  I haven't tried Opera yet, I think that also works with AMS, web shield.

However to your main question, over the last week I have checked out a number of android AVs, I normally start by looking at the Google Play feedback scores and comments, usually the dissatisfied ones first and some are downright shocking.

I have also tried a few and they haven't lasted very long at all.  I have mainly been looking at the mainstream players in the Windows arena with android apps, the free ones tend to be virtually crippled, pushing towards paid versions.

But my other issue (complicates matters even further) of having a Samsung phone (two) on Android 11 (nightmare) and a Samsung Tablet, thankfully still on Android 10.
Remember that Opera is Chinese owned.

At the moment is it worse than the Avast Mobile Security, Web Shield not scanning Firefox browsing.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2021, 01:05:24 AM »
If you don't want to use Chrome, use the Avast Secure Browser. :)
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2021, 01:32:04 AM »
If you don't want to use Chrome, use the Avast Secure Browser. :)

Even less chance of that (ASB Chromium based) than using Chrome and I'm currently using Chrome and looking at other browsers, the fact that Avast Mobile Security, Web Shield basically supports Chrome and Opera according r@vast.

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Hi,

It is currently only supported on Chrome and Opera. Our developers are working on a new solution addressing the current limitations.

So anyone living under the misapprehension (for god knows how long) that the web shield is protecting them, has either been lucky or using Chrome or Opera.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2021, 11:04:36 AM »
If you don't want to use Chrome, use the Avast Secure Browser. :)

Even less chance of that (ASB Chromium based) than using Chrome and I'm currently using Chrome and looking at other browsers, the fact that Avast Mobile Security, Web Shield basically supports Chrome and Opera according r@vast.

<snip quotes>
Hi,

It is currently only supported on Chrome and Opera. Our developers are working on a new solution addressing the current limitations.

So anyone living under the misapprehension (for god knows how long) that the web shield is protecting them, has either been lucky or using Chrome or Opera.
Not only Chrome. All chromium based browsers.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2021, 12:52:17 PM »
If you don't want to use Chrome, use the Avast Secure Browser. :)

Even less chance of that (ASB Chromium based) than using Chrome and I'm currently using Chrome and looking at other browsers, the fact that Avast Mobile Security, Web Shield basically supports Chrome and Opera according r@vast.

<snip quotes>
Hi,

It is currently only supported on Chrome and Opera. Our developers are working on a new solution addressing the current limitations.

So anyone living under the misapprehension (for god knows how long) that the web shield is protecting them, has either been lucky or using Chrome or Opera.
Not only Chrome. All chromium based browsers.
Are you sure about that? Web shield doesn't scan MS Edge.

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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2021, 01:34:56 PM »
If you don't want to use Chrome, use the Avast Secure Browser. :)

Even less chance of that (ASB Chromium based) than using Chrome and I'm currently using Chrome and looking at other browsers, the fact that Avast Mobile Security, Web Shield basically supports Chrome and Opera according r@vast.

<snip quotes>
Hi,

It is currently only supported on Chrome and Opera. Our developers are working on a new solution addressing the current limitations.

So anyone living under the misapprehension (for god knows how long) that the web shield is protecting them, has either been lucky or using Chrome or Opera.
Not only Chrome. All chromium based browsers.
Are you sure about that? Web shield doesn't scan MS Edge.
No, I'm not and I don't have Edge installed to be able to check it. Sorry.
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Re: Avast Mobile Security webshield ineffective on Firefox - Alternatives?
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2021, 08:28:11 PM »
Why does Avast Webshield work on FF under Windows, but not under Android?

I have no plans to use Chrome Browser on my Android device.

Like DavidR I am riled by being misled by Avast regarding this serious unpublished limitation of Avast Mobile Security, hence looking elsewhere.

Are Avast doing anything to correct this flaw?