No matter how many features developers pack into an Operating System, users are always left panicking about viruses and malwares. Google’s flagship Android OS is no exception. However, for good or for bad, Norton comes to the rescue in this situation as well.
Norton has finally released the android security app it talked of last month and is calling it the Norton Smartphone Security. The app provides for three types of protection and is powered by an intuitive interface. Now, we all know how disappointing Norton is on the desktop. Though, it being the only security company jumping into the Android arena at present, we have nothing to compare this app with!
Norton Smartphone Security features a regular virus scan which can be scheduled for monthly, weekly or daily scans. It can also be improved by synchronizing with a user generated threat reporting and protection system called Norton Community Watch. This is the first and the most expected feature.
The second feature, though least expected is a Call Blocking. It can be used to blacklist numbers from both calls and SMS. This comes in handy and provides for a good method of prevention against stupid service alerts and bugging notification from service providers. An auto reply feature allows us to make an answering machine out of our phone.
The third and most interesting feature is remote lock and wipe. It can be used to setup a remote locking mechanism and a method to wipe out all the data on the memory card by sending an SMS. This feature reminds me of the hacker who created an overflow attack on the iPhone and hacked it by merely sending SMS. The feature can prove to be a lifesaver in case the phone gets stolen.
This app is still in a beta stage. More features like a secure DNS and Norton Live Update are expected to be seen soon as the first version rolls out of Symantec in a few months.