Norton anti-virus released for Android

As promised, Symantec has released its Norton anti-virus software for Android handsets.

The Norton Security app is in beta form and it does have a few cool features. You’ll be able to remotely lock and wipe capabilities if your device if lost or stolen. This will be a native Android feature with 2.2, or Froyo, but it’s a nice feature to have until that latest firmware gets rolled out.

There’s also a scanner for malware and you can set up call-screening functions to block unwanted callers. The app is free to download and you get 90 days of free service (updated virus scans, etc.), but the company hasn’t said how much it will cost once that time is up.

Symantec has also released Norton Connect, which allows users to access files or share photos for Norton 360 or Norton Backup customers. This client helps users access the company’s cloud-storage services and it offers secure downloads.

Both of the apps are part of the company’s attempt to get its security software on a variety of devices, including cell phones and smartphones. As more and more devices become connected – digital photo frames, power meters, etc. – there is a growing chance that bad guys could infect these and Symantec sees a large market in protection.

The app works pretty well from what I’ve gathered so far, but I’m still not sure how necessary this is at the moment. Android has been built in a somewhat sandbox environment, which should ensure that malware can’t infect the whole OS. Of course, if you’re going outside of the Android Market for apps, that could be a different story entirely. As it is on the desktop, nothing will protect you more than being aware of what you’re doing on your smartphone and making safe choices.

I’m also hoping the app has a light footprint, as I don’t need this to take up too many CPU cycles or consumer power consumption, particularly on my EVO 4G.

– Get Norton Mobile Security by scanning QR code with your Android handset (free for 90 days)

  • Tepsa

    Linux based OS does not need anti-virus software as Inuits does not need a freezer.

  • efff

    ya they do, to block malwares such as norton smartphone security.

    i'd pay 1.99 for an app that does nothing but prevent installation of norton product. haha

  • Maciek

    Great…so Nexus, EVO and others that run at 1 Ghz will now feel like they run at 200Mhz… Just what we need.. I hope they throw in some free crapware and will remember to embed their N360 icon on all 3 (5) (7) home screens.

  • Erico K

    seems ok, but norton irritates the hell out of me on PC, wont bother even trying.

    staying with WaveSecure, nice quiet little app, does its job well and shuts up unless it has something worthwhile to say, i like its respect for my attention.

  • Jd

    Hey strelaoz, you gonna let us hit it too?? Seems like you throw it around a lot!!! LOL!

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