Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Norton mobile security provides trusted protection for Android devices

BANGALORE, INDIA: With more than six billion applications downloaded to date, it’s clear that the Android Market is experiencing explosive growth and that consumers are hooked on downloading what they want, when they want it.

At the same time, consumers need to be vigilant about safeguarding their mobile phones because Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, found that researchers identified nearly four times as many unique-to-Android pieces of malware than the previous year. The need to protect consumer mobile devices is more important than ever.

Reinforcing its commitment to the Norton Everywhere ‘Beyond-the-PC’ initiative, Norton by Symantec announced the availability of Norton Mobile Security for Android 2.0, through leading IT retailers and telcos in the country. With over 600,000 downloads and a 4 out of 5 star rating on the Android Market, Norton Mobile Security for Android 2.0 will enable users to protect the information stored on their mobile device as well as the device itself.

“There has been unprecedented growth of non-PC devices in recent years, as consumers rely on these new devices to communicate and store their private information. From streaming their favourite music station, getting the high score hurling birds through the air and filing their taxes online, consumers deserve to feel confident regardless of what they do on their mobile phone,” said Gaurav Kanwal, Country Sales Manager, India, Consumer Products and Solutions, Symantec. “Norton Mobile Security protects confidential information and offers protection from the most trusted name in security – which means your device is safeguarded and you’re worry-free.”

Antiphishing technology to protect users who access email on their smartphone
With Norton Mobile Security for Android 2.0, consumers and their confidential information are protected against new and evolving security threats. The anti-phishing Web protection feature in the product blocks fraudulent Web sites and protects users who connect to the Internet via their smartphone.

Phishing is an equal opportunity scam, taking place just as easily over a phone or tablet as on a computer, so having built-in protection is essential.

Prevents strangers from using a lost or stolen phone and helps locate device
The average adult in India loses his mobile phone 1.5 times in five years and 50 percent reported concerns over the loss of privacy and sensitive information. Norton Mobile Security for Android 2.0 remotely locks lost or stolen phones, preventing strangers or thieves from accessing vital information.

Following a quick initial set-up, users can locate, lock or wipe their Android device with a simple text message in the event of loss or theft. To help locate the device, Norton Mobile Security sends exact GPS coordinates of your phone's whereabouts, offering an increased chance of retrieving it.

These features address the current situation faced by many Indian adults who have experienced losing or having their mobile phones stolen; 80 percent of whom feel that locking, wiping, and locating their mobile device are important features to have.

Detects and eliminates mobile threats before they can infect device
Norton Mobile Security for Android 2.0 detects and removes threats, viruses and spyware from files, SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, and downloaded app updates. With regular update checks, it ensure that users have the latest, most-up-to-date protection without any effect on device performance or web browsing.

Norton Mobile Security is available for purchase at leading retailers and telcos across the country at Rs 599 for a single license. The price includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates.

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