The exponential growth of the Android Market is a bit of a double-edged sword. More apps are a good thing for the end user, but how do you know those apps aren’t secretly bundling in nasties? Norton wants to take care of this and all things security for you with its new app.The app has been pulled out of beta today into two versions — a free ‘lite’ app with anti-theft and anti-malware features, and a $29.95 version that also comes with web protection, remote find and wipe, and call and SMS blocking. The basic anti-theft feature appears to be a solid Android rendition to Apple’s “Find my iPhone” feature, and it lets you nominate buddies who can send a text message to your phone and lock it remotely.
Whether it’s worth shelling out 30 bucks for the upgrade will depend on how paranoid you are about the contents of your phone, your web browsing habits, and how important remote find and wipe is to you. If nothing else, the free version is only a 2.36MB download, has no ads, and probably worth having just in case.
Know of any other good Android security apps? Let us know in the comments.
Norton Mobile Security LITE [Android Market]