Norton adds security enhancements to Android and tablets

Jonathan Morris
February 8, 2011

Symantec is adding new features to its range of security tools for smartphone users, including a beta release of Norton Mobile Utilities for Android.

With support in the UK from retailers including Currys and PC World, the services for Android users extends beyond smartphones to include the new Android based tablets coming onto the market.

Norton DNS, free to all users, can be set up on any device to filter web access and provide safety and parental controls for Internet access. With the DNS settings replacing the standard address, protection can include anti-phishing, anti-malware and anti-spyware, along with the filtering of inappropriate sites.

Norton Mobile Security for Android (V1.5) offers a remote location facility (as offered by Apple, HTC and Motorola on selected devices) with the ability to remotely wipe or lock the phone by sending a text message. The software can also block calls and text messages. The beta has had more than 140,000 downloads and an average rating of 4/5 on Android Market.

Norton Mobile Utilities (beta) is a new application that can help users keep control of their call, text and data plan – as well as managing downloaded applications. The app can be downloaded today from Android Market.

A range of security apps and services are available for iOS, Android OS, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, HP Palm webOS and Symbian platforms.

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