August 11, 2011

Norton Mobile Security Lite Available for Free Download in Android Market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT/WHY: With more than six billion applications downloaded to date, it's clear that the Android Market is experiencing explosive growth and that consumers are hooked on downloading what they want, when they want it. At the same time, consumers need to be vigilant about safeguarding their mobile phones because Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, found that researchers identified nearly four times as many unique-to-Android pieces of malware than the previous year. Additionally, a recent Norton survey found that 36 percent of consumers in the U.S. have had their cell phone lost or stolen. The need to protect consumer mobile devices is more important than ever.


Today, Norton released Norton Mobile Security Lite, a free security application for Android-based smartphones. Norton Mobile Security Lite seamlessly combines select anti-theft features with powerful anti-malware, giving users a sense of security in the event their phone is ever lost, stolen or compromised by malware.

"In the same day, a smartphone user can stream their favorite 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 - which means your device is safeguarded and you're worry-free."

Norton Mobile Security Lite

NMS Lite provides a worry free and obligation free opportunity to all Android users. The key features include:

  • Anti-theft - Remotely lock your lost or stolen device via SMS text and prevent strangers from seeing your private information or running up your mobile bill.
  • Anti-malware - Scans all files and app updates downloaded to the mobile device and automatically detects and removes threats without slowing you down.
  • Automatic LiveUpdate - Automatically downloads and installs security updates keeping you a step ahead of cybercriminals.

This new offering is initially available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. For users who want additional protections such as the ability to: remotely locate or wipe their device; block unwanted calls or text messages; or block phishing websites used to steal personal information and money, there is the option to upgrade to the full featured Norton Mobile Security for an annual subscription price of $29.99USD.

EXPERTS: Norton security experts are on-hand to discuss the latest product and share tips on how people can protect their personal information through mobile security offerings.

WHEN: Interviews with Norton security experts available upon request.

    CONTACTS:   Louis Cheng
                Edelman for Norton
                [email protected]

                Sondra Magness
                Norton by Symantec
                [email protected]

SOURCE Symantec