Norton’s been trying to make a push into the Android market for a while now. They released Norton Connect – their remote access and file managing app – not too long ago, and now they’ve checked back in with another addition: Norton Security.
They promise to protect users against malware by blocking suspicious callers and periodically scanning your phone for nasty, unwanted inhabitants. My thing is this: when has anyone ever had a problem with security of this form on their Android device? I’m not trying to discredit Norton on looking out for the Android community, but Android’s a pretty tough penny to crack unless you’re essentially inviting malicious apps onto your phone.
Having said that, I’m not sure what exactly the app would scan for (non-trusted APKs containing code to access sensitive parts of the OS?), but that’s not all it can do. You’re also given the ability to lock and completely wipe the phone’s data from a remote location. It’s nothing we haven’t already seen by apps like WaveSecure and MobileDefense, but choice has never been something we complain about.
The app is available free in the Market for 90 days after you download it, but Norton hasn’t yet announced any availability plans post-expiration.