Norton Offers Up Security For Android

  • New security updates for Android 1.5
  • New web safety updates
  • Beta software helps manage applications/plans

Security software specialist, Norton, is offering product updates to several platforms including mobile security for Android 1.5.  

Product updates are said to give Android users the ability to find their device; and the ability to filter inappropriate websites on kids’ mobile and tablet devices over Wi-Fi with Norton DNS.

“As consumers access the Internet on new platforms and devices, they need protection and safety services regardless of how they choose to stay connected,” said Janice Chaffin, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec. “With Norton Everywhere, we’re developing new technologies and partnerships that span multiple channels around the globe to protect consumers and moving Norton beyond the PC security market.”

“As Android devices, especially in the emerging tablet market, become more and more popular, we … can now offer our customers the … protection of Norton Security on their tablets or smart phones, which will protect them should they ever be lost, stolen or targeted by cybercriminals,” said Alan Dardis, Senior Category Manager, Dixons Retail plc.

Norton Mobile Security for Android 1.5 – Now featuring remote locate functionality in addition to remote wipe/lock, call/SMS block, and antimalware technology. Following an initial set-up, users can now locate, lock or wipe their Android device with a simple text message in the event of loss or theft.  Norton Mobile Security 1.5 beta has more than 140,000 beta downloads and a 4 out of 5 star rating on the Android Market. Additionally it has been optimised for Android tablets so users can now enjoy the offering on any Android form factor.

Norton DNS 1.5 – Planned for this week, Norton DNS 1.5 users will be able to set household rules to increase web safety and enforce parental controls on Internet usage. Based on the Domain Name System which acts as the Internet’s invisible switchboard, Norton DNS provides a safer, more reliable, and faster Internet experience by leveraging Norton Safe Web technology to deliver a variety of basic protection services like antiphishing, antimalware and anti-spyware. Norton DNS protects users who click on unsafe or inappropriate websites and now gives parents the freedom of creating a single Internet policy for all of the household’s connected devices, from laptops to tablets, filtering inappropriate sites on kids’ mobile and tablet devices when over Wi-Fi.

Norton Mobile Utilities Beta – Introduced today, Norton Mobile Utilities is a free beta developed for Android devices to help users stay within their preset call, text or data plan and manage their downloaded applications.  Norton Mobile Utilities beta is available for immediate download from the Android market.