In response to the rapid surge of security threats for mobile devices, Symantec released today Norton Mobile Security Lite, a free security application for Android-based smartphones.
According to Symantec, the new app combines select anti-theft features with powerful anti-malware, giving users a sense of security in the event their phone is ever lost, stolen or compromised by malware. A recently released report by Symantec found that researchers identified nearly four times as many unique-to-Android pieces of malware than the previous year. Additionally, a recent Norton survey found that 36 percent of consumers in the U.S. have had their cellphone lost or stolen.
“In the same day, a smartphone user can stream their favorite music station, get the high score hurling birds through the air and then file their taxes online,” said Dave Cole, vice president mobile products for Norton. “Having Norton installed means feeling equally confident regardless of what you do on your mobile phone.”
“Norton Mobile Security Lite protects confidential information and offers basic mobile protection from the most trusted name in security ““ which means your device is safeguarded and you’re worry-free,” he added.
The anti-theft feature allows users to remotely lock lost or stolen devices via SMS text messages while the anti-malware feature scans all of the mobile device’s data to quickly detect and mitigate threats.
The app also includes a feature that automatically downloads and installs security updates.
Norton Mobile Security Lite is the free version of Norton’s full featured Norton Mobile Security app, which requires an annual subscription price of $29.99.