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
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
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
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
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
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