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Free Norton antivirus launched for Android

If stolen or lost, users can remotely lock their Android phones using the Norton Mobile Security Lite.

Symantec has introduced a free antivirus for Android devices, which scans all downloads to the phone. The Norton Mobile Security 2.0, which is in beta version, automatically removes threats detected and keeps it updated all the time as well.

The app doesn’t update itself when users are roaming to protect them from unwanted data charges. The users can launch the manual scan for malware anytime on their Android phones.

“In the same day, a smartphone user can stream their favourite music station, get the high score hurling birds through the air and then file their taxes online. Having Norton installed means feeling equally confident regardless of what you do on your mobile phone,” said Dave Cole, vice president mobile products, Norton. “Norton Mobile Security Lite protects confidential information and offers basic mobile protection from the most trusted name in security &#151 which means your device is safeguarded and you’re worry-free.”

Whenever the Android phone of the users is stolen or lost, they can lock the phone using the Norton Mobile Security Lite. This is where the free edition of the app stops working, if the users need the ability to remove their data remotely, they will need to pay for the full version of the product.

A similar antivirus product for tablets is also offered by Kaspersky, but there remote locking or other phone specific features are not available.

The users who have a paid version get protected against phishing also, so next time they visit a fraudulent website on their mobile browser, the paid version of Norton Mobile Security would promptly warn the user.

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