norton mobile security lite

There are a growing number of security threats for Android devices, which is making mobile security software that can scan apps and other downloads for malware seem like a good idea. Or, you know, you could just be careful what you download. Still, there are a growing number of security apps available in the Android Market, and many offer a few features that could be good to have whether you’re scared of malware or not.

Today’s entry comes from security firm Symantec. The new Norton Mobile Security Lite is a free app that scans files and apps for threats and downloads security updates automatically.

Norton Mobile Security Lite also offers an anti-theft system that lets you remotely lock your phone by sending an SMS text message to your device.

The free app doesn’t let you locate a missing phone on a map, remotely wipe the device, block phishing websites, or block calls or text messages from some users. For those features you’ll need to pony up $29.99 per year for a subscription to the full Norton Mobile Security service.

Symantec has been offering a free beta version of its security software for Android since last year.

Other popular security apps for Android include Lookout Mobile Security, McAfee Mobile Security, and AVG Anti-Virus.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...