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Norton Mobile Security (reviewed on an Android device)

Norton Mobile Security (reviewed on an Android device)

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Norton Mobile Security (reviewed on an Android device)

Norton Mobile Security is here to protect your smartphone and everything in it. Let's take a close look at what it does.
By: Anthony Garreffa | Security & Backup in Software | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 5:03 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: Norton

Something I've personally never bothered with is mobile security, but when the opportunity to review it comes up - I'm not going to knock it back. I'm someone who is usually willing to give anything a try, so I jumped at the chance to test Norton's Mobile Security application.

What does it do exactly? Well, it's kind of like having a security guard on your phone, which has some skills that even Liam Neeson would be happy to add to his resume. Norton Mobile Security does quite a bit, where it's even capable of doing backups of your contacts and restoring them in the case of an issue with your device.

It's also capable of locating your device if it goes missing, or is stolen - and get this - you can remotely take a picture of whoever is using your device if it gets stolen. Norton have quite a bag of tricks with their Mobile Security, so let's take a deeper look.

First up, we have the packaging, which arrives as a simple piece of cardboard - this is nice and easy, as it gives you a QR code you can scan to get the installation and registration process underway.

I tested Norton Mobile Security on a phone I'm currently using to review - Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy S4 - an Android-powered smartphone. The Android variant of Norton Mobile Security has many more features compared to the iOS version, something you should consider if you want to purchase this software.

Let's get into the process of installation with some images of what you'll have to go through. First up you'll need to login, or sign up for a Norton Account if you don't already have one.

A couple of more screenshots of the final part of the installation process - before we get into the actual application itself.

Let's get into the nitty gritty now, shall we? Once Norton Mobile Security is installed, you'll have to check out the usual User License Agreement, and then click "Agree & Launch"

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After you've done this, you'll be welcomed to Norton Mobile Security and walked through some of its various features, which you can check out in the images above. After that, we'll go through a few of them to see just how useful they really are.

The last screenshot shows you the six sections that Norton Mobile Security has on offer - Anti-Malware, Anti-Theft, Backup, Call Blocking, Web Protection and Norton Apps.

First up, we'll take a look at Anti-Malware, which is fairly self-explanatory. Anti-Malware tries to keep your device as secure as possible from any form of malware. You can do a quick scan once it's installed, and then set it to do scheduled scans. I set mine to do it weekly, as I don't visit suspicious websites whatsoever. You can also scan your SD card for malware, which I thought was a nice touch.

The user-interface is quite nice, with a slick loading bar when doing a scan. The UI of any application is something that is going to stand out, and I'm always a fan of first impressions - so, good work on the UI there, Norton!

Call Blocking is something that does exactly what you think it does - allows you to block certain numbers from being able to contact you. This is an especially good feature for those of you with stalker-ish ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, or people you just never want to hear from again. I'm not someone who would use this feature, so it goes on unused for me.

The Backup section of Norton Mobile Security is a great little addition, something I definitely didn't expect to see. I do all of my contact backup within my Google account, as most Android users would, but this would be a great feature for those who don't.

You can backup all of your contacts, restore them all if something were to happen to your device, as well as schedule backups to a certain time (once a week or month, for example).

The Web Protection feature of Norton Mobile Security would like to keep your smart device safe from fraudulent websites that could potentially steal personal information from you. This feature is for the Android browser only, and not any other browser such as Firefox.

After a couple of days of use, I received a warning on my phone that I was at risk. I was shocked, what could it have been? I checked it, with Norton reporting to me that Facebook and PayPal were potential 'Privacy Risks'. I dug the little 'eye' they


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