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Jun
norton smartphone security

Are you worried about viruses on your smartphone? Neither was I until I noticed Symantec’s Norton security application in the Android Market! The company has recently released a Beta version of their security app, which comes as a 90 day free trial.

I’ve been a user of other Android security applications, such as WaveSecure, for quite some time now, so I was intrigued to see if Norton’s offering brought anything new to the table.

Whereas WaveSecure is focused around backing up your personal data and remotely tracking and wiping your phone, Norton security offers an Anti-Malware scanner, as well as a call blocking service. In addition to this, you can also remotely lock and wipe your device.

 

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Remote Lock and Wipe

Unlike some other apps on offer, Norton doesn’t allow you to use GPS to track your phone. Despite this, you can still lock, or wipe, the device remotely. To do this, you can set up a security code of your choice. If you want to lock, or wipe, your device, simply text the code to your phone, and it will lock itself!

 

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If you forget your codes, or want to change them, you can do so from within the application. Simply type in your new security code and you’re good to go!

 

Anti-Malware

The Anti-Malware option in Smartphone Security is the main selling point of the application, although how much danger of Malware there is on a smartphone is certainly up for debate. Performing a scan of 103 applications on my Nexus One took less than 30 seconds, and thankfully, no threats were found.

 

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Call & SMS Blocking

A neat feature of Norton’s Security application is the ability to block calls and text messages from some numbers. You can even enable auto-reply to blocked numbers, which is a nice feature to have. You can type in a number you wish to block, or import someone from your contacts, call log or SMS log if you don’t know the exact number. This is something that I’ve yet to see in some other backup/security applications, so it’s great to see it appear in Norton’s app.

 

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Conclusion

As a free application, Norton Smartphone Security proves itself to be very capable alongside some of the best apps in the Market. At this stage, however, I probably wouldn’t pay for it when it comes out of Beta. Until smartphone security becomes a large concern, I wouldn’t pay for an anti-malware application, although if a few problematic applications appear in the Market, I may be forced to reconsider!

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • limgad

    What about battery consumption? do you notice the remaining battery emptying faster than normal?

    • strelaoz

      David Freer (VP, Symantec Consumer Business Units - Norton, APJ) is a BIG LIAR! He lied to me for more than two and half years for my true feelings, time, and money. Also kept saying I am the only one in his life. Even this year on Feb. 2, he used company line to lead me to have phone sex with him. Until I found out there’s some other woman, he made up another lie and finally admitted he’s been living with her for a year. Later, I realized they were all lies. He actually has married March 2009. And now he just totally disappeared and not answering any phone calls, acting like “hit & run” irresponsible baby. Can you trust someone like this, with no ethics and integrity? The more unbelievable things are David Freer newly-wed wife - SUZY WALSHAM, she shamefully admitted she was the third person who broke up David Freer & his ex 12 years relationships, and mocking at me as the 3rd "unsuspected" person, as she agreed with his husband’s behaviors!!!!!! SHAME ON both of you, DAVID FREER & SUZY WALSHAM!!!!!!! (THEY BOTH WORK FOR SYMANTEC)

      • strelaoz

        As I have reported to Symantec Ethics about David Freer’s (VP, Symantec – Norton, APJ) misconducts (fraud, having dissented sex with me as he lied, using company resources for personal benefits – hundreds hours phone calls, hanging out with me during office hours, negative impacts on Symantec corporate image), what they do surprise me too. They basically ignore – never process the investigation, covering the serial lying & cheating criminal up, then threaten me. As Warren Buffet said when he decides which company is worth to invest, he values the CEO’s ethic and integrity the most. Being a senior management, David Freer shall walk the talks, instead he has set up a terrible example. How dare Symantec always campaign the company itself as defeat cyber criminals, but in the real world, Symantec acts just like robbers, mafia, & criminals. How ironic!

  • lobosolo

    putting anything from symantec on my phone would be like putting a 4X4 lift kit on a Ferrari... thanks but no thanks

  • Dy

    buggy and memory hog. sticking with wavesecure.

  • udtsealcap

    Ummmm are we gonna pretend we didn't read that nutjobs posts? It'd be cool if true though.

  • udtsealcap

    Also... I don't speak for AndroidPolice but I think its safe to say that AndroidPolice aren't responsible for anything a nut may post.

  • digitalthug

    Pure epicness! *Adds this page to favorites because of strelaoz's comments*

  • john dillinger

    If you want usefull security tools try track and protect on market. Beats them all find a Review on youtube. Have it and its best. Make remote camera and kick an more. Also after Wim change.

  • jessie

    hilarious comment.

    @streloaz sorry to hear your story.. hope this public exposure is punishment enough for him (esp. if it got him fired)

    anwyays, loooks like a pretty ok product. but i wonder how important AV or call blocking is.. for now i am staying with WaveSecure - the auto-backup feature is great.

  • David Freer

    Oh baby ... why do you have to do me this way after all the good times we had. I'm a good guy ... I used protection ;-)

  • Protoss

    OMG OMG 16MB Memory usage. MADNESS.

    Rooted Wave Secure FTW, mem/batt efficient, invulnerable.

    (thanks ninja for introducing WS originally)

  • strelaoz

    I like this blog. People are so nice, warm and full of sense of humor. David, no, you are a bastard. You didn't even use protection! I was thinkinig to do HIV test and I've told your wife to do the same thing. I am the nice one!

  • EJM

    lol I kind of want to know more about David Freer...

  • Tim

    And so are the days of our lives!

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