Keep your Android device protected with Norton Mobile Security Lite

by Caitlin M. Foyt

A phone's not just a phone. It's also a camera, credit card, GPS device and e-reader, just to name a few. Norton Mobile Security Lite is a very effective way to protect one of your most valuable investments.

It figures that the tool you're using all day, every day, is the one piece of technology that's threatened by all kinds of risks. It might be a really small computer, but your Droid is still a computer. There are thieves who will attempt to steal your identity, spammers and a whole lot of bad bugs that your phone can “catch” if you're not careful. Norton Mobile Security is the safety-net that eliminates these threats before they start to cause real problems.

The app also has an anti-theft option, which keeps all of your private information secure in case your Droid goes missing.

Very similar to how anti-virus software works on your computer, setting up Norton on your phone is just a matter of tapping a few buttons. There aren't a ton of options for you to look through, which means set-up is quick and easy. From this point on, you don't ever need to think about Norton again, as the app will take care of business on its own.

For an app that will always be running in the background, I was pleased to see that Norton doesn't seem to affect battery life at all.

Users should know that there's also a full version that allows you to block calls and texts, remotely wipe your phone's memory, and locate where in the world your phone is, just to name a few. It's rather expensive, though — costing about $33 for an annual subscription.

The lite version is limited, but it does have some great stuff for an application that costs you nothing.

Download the free Appolicious Android app