Norton's One-Stop-Shop Security App For Android Comes Out Of Beta

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]


Comments

    I've used a few security apps over the months of having an Android device, but ultimately gone back to having none. I really don't find them necessary, and just end up consuming precious system resources.

    - I'm yet to be convinced of the true usefulness “find my phone” apps. Unless its outside, GPS isn’t going to help (and if it is outside, weather will destroy the phone anyway), and if it’s inside, it depends on having WiFi in range to detect its location. If neither of these can pinpoint the handsets location, the best level of accuracy for location will probably be limited to a square area too big to look through.

    - Yes there are malicious apps out there, but in my experience, if you don’t download anything that looks dodgy, then you’re probably safe. If you’re still paranoid, it’s really not hard to read the permissions asked by the app prior to installing.

    Remind me again why I need a security app?

      Judging by your comment, you are a category 1 genius and therefore don't need a security app. But for everyone else, they help against dodgy apps and things normal people either don't understand or just plain miss.

        LOL, have you actually SEEN the descriptions of the apps that Google pulled from Android Market for being malicious? They're not exactly masquerading as high quality apps, and are pretty easy to pick.

        If not being able to understand basic security levels is a concern for you, Apple happily screen all their apps prior to even publishing them in their App Store.

    Im of a similar mind to Sam. Used lookout and webroot, and for months they turned up nothing and just used my system resources.
    I do use LBE privacy guard though, since I find it useful to block permissions of apps that I find they dont need.

    Also, norton has a bad rep in my book because of their woeful PC virus scanner which they have the arrogance to charge money for!

    I would consent to being anally probed by a drunk texan before buying and installing a symantec/nortons app on my tablet.

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