Norton Mobile Security for Samsung Galaxy devices to be free for 90 days

Daniel Bader

March 6, 2012 7:22pm

Symantec and Samsung are teaming to up release a fully-featured copy of Norton Mobile Security for Galaxy devices, free for 90 days through the Samsung Apps portal. While there a version of Mobile Security exists for free in the Android Market, it is a ‘lite’ version that doesn’t provide a full feature set.

Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be able to use Mobile Security’s full suite of features, free for 90 days. These include Remote Locate, Remote Lock, Remote Wipe, Anti-Malware, SD Card scanning, and Automated Live Update. While SMS-based Remote Locate is available in the ‘lite’ version, a much more useful Web Anti-Theft feature is available for paid users, which will not only allow you to track your device from Norton’s web site but take a photo of the person holding your device with the front-facing camera.

Other features in the paid version include Call & SMS Blocking and Web Protection which protects against phishing sites. After the 90-day trial is complete, Samsung Galaxy users can pay $29.99 for a one-year subscription, or continue using the ‘lite’ version indefinitely.

This is a very busy, and growing, space in the Android Market as malware and smartphone theft become more prevalent. Competitors include Lookout Mobile Security, Kaspersky Security, AVG Security Pro, and AVAST Mobile Security

Source: Symantec

  • chris

    lol

    • l forgot my meds

      Makes perfect sense as the sumdungs need all the help they can get.

    • Nick

      I stopped using Norton on my computer in the middle of a paid subscription because it slowed everything down and couldn’t remove a bunch of viruses that it had found. I can only imagine how much it sucks the life out of a phone.

  • Ray

    Android is looking more like windows by the day. Complete with bloat ware, virus’, and free trials.

  • Chuck

    Who is insane enough to deliberately install Norton on his phone?

  • Norton Sucks

    Norton Sucks, just download AVG or Lookout.

  • MaX

    Will Norton Mobile be as ineffective as regular Norton?

  • Dono

    Ok, this must be a joke right?

    Seriously, norton is already a depressing sight on a computer. Can’t even imagine having it on a phone.

  • jan

    There is no need for mobile security lol. Norton and all these scams just suck.

    • jan

      or just buy a blackberry for a secure mobile environment

  • bummy

    Its funny how Norton has such a bad name in the tech community, YET they’re so damn successful and putting themselves in everything…

  • Shawn B

    The average user doesn’t even need a antivirus program on their phone. Mobile antivirus programs are mainly for people that frequent third-party app markets or people that cannot tell the difference between a official app and a fake app on the market.

    • Rio

      The average user is the user that cannot tell the difference between a official app and a fake app on the market.

      We are not average users….

  • Djadja

    My first reaction upon seeing the word “Norton” – absolute panic at the idea of loading up my device with hideous bloatware.

    Maybe it’s far better than its Windows equivalent, but I don’t think I want to risk installing it…

  • Manbo

    ummmm…. yeahhhh… anti-virus for Android is a waste of space.

  • IAK

    The small number of people who recognize this as crazy won’t buy, the majority of people who made Norton a pile of money will be super stocked to purchase this for their phones so they can sleep better at night knowing that their battery life is now effectively %30 less per day.

  • bob

    Even for free I wouldn’t touch that crap with a pole.

  • TheCyberKnight

    Can you believe this? Malware protection on a phone. Can it get more ridiculous?

    It says a lot about the OS design. Android is a geek toy obviously not designed for normal consumers.

    • Manbo

      Or instead of being a troll, you could state the obvious? Norton is trying to cash in on all the bad publicity surrounding apps people download from hacked sites? Anti-virus does not compensate for stupidity, it meerly acts as a false sense of security.

      The people that would purchase anti-virus for a phone are the same that buy extended warranties on fireworks.

      /rant

  • Mr. Bill

    Norton, Please hold off until the Quad cores are main stream, unless you are trying to knock many phones out of service..?

    Norton = Steaming pile of crap.

    Except Ghost, that is your crown jewel Norton.
    Sadly it rests upon the rest of your efforts.

  • vn33

    Are there still people who pay for anti-virus software ?

  • light

    Run, Samsung users, RUN! Norton do have the ability to turn your SMARTPHONE to be SLOWPHONE!!!! (yes, slow means both slow and stupid).

  • Hansy

    Also try comodo mobile security especially for smartphones.

  • wp74life

    Haha, typical android garbage.
    Soon to come : firewall, file encryption, anti-malware.
    Ohhh wait, it’s already here HAHAHAAHAHAH

  • joe

    phones can now get viruses…

    • WP74Life

      *Android.

  • Tbone

    Android needs Norton as the code is so poorly written. Crap is what Crap does.

    • Manbo

      You are obviously a coder then. Post your debug and show us where the issues are?

      I am sick of people speaking about things they know little to nothing about. ALL operating systems have issues! I use the vast majority and find issues everywhere.

      Nothing is perfect, and if your best discriptive word is ‘crap’, then it is an opinion and you are a dullard.

      Peace, tool.