Norton Mobile Security Review: One antivirus to kick out all the viruses

By Nikhil Punjabi | Updated Mar 21 2016
Norton Mobile Security  Review: One antivirus to kick out all the viruses
DIGIT RATING
75 /100
  • design

    65

  • performance

    64

  • value for money

    61

  • features

    71

  • PROS
  • App advisor
  • Light on resources
  • CONS
  • No system tuning
  • No support for free version

Verdict

Norton Mobile Security for Android is one of the best performing antiviruses ever. The total scan time was quite low and it did pretty well in our real-time protection test and scores were a good indicative of this result. Also, Norton was the only antivirus to provide very comprehensive parental control options via the Norton Family PC client.

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Norton Mobile Security detailed review

More and more first-time users of technology are experiencing the Internet, online services, digital communication, and some of the other privileges we take for granted, through smartphones. And unlike desktop PC users who are already aware of having a security suite installed on their Windows PC, smartphone users are largely unaware of the threats persisting online, and the fundamental need for security solutions for their smartphones or tablets. Through this short review, we try to bridge this knowledge gap. Here is a look at what Norton has in store for us.


Note: All ratings are for Android users only, as the iOS apps are not so comprehensive and Apple refuses to believe they need protection on their devices.

Performance
During our scans, Norton performed best by detecting almost everything  we threw at it almost instantaneously. A full scan took about 25 seconds but seemed to scan only apk files even though the parameter was set to include SD card for scanning as well. During the tests for web protection, it detected the malicious website itself and blocked it which others failed to do so. Credits to the Norton community? Except for the first test on that website, it did block all the others. Parental controls can be added onto with installation of the Norton family app which in itself is really strong when it comes to protection and control. What disappointed us was that Norton even after clearing our web protection with maximum points, did not block spam banners and ads on the websites. During all this activity, it consumed about 160MB when running in the foreground and performing scans and around 50MB when running in the background. Quite light on resources we must say.

PERFORMANCE
  Norton Kaspersky Trend Micro
Price Rs. 571 Rs. 599 Rs. 349
Wicar Test Score 11 0 9
Battery Consumption 2% 2% 5%
Foreground RAM 160MB 110MB 222MB
Background RAM 50MB 83MB 18MB

Features
Norton comes with a power packed security app that includes an App advisor that will give you warning about the apps that are installed on your device. It can also integrate with Google Play store where before installation it scans and gets data from the Norton community that gives information about the security issues and risks the app may carry while installation. It provides you protection from malware by scanning your phone which can be scheduled as well as provides complete web protection. Like all the others, Antitheft feature comes bundled with the pro version of the app. Further, it allows you to backup your contacts online and also block spam calls onto the device setting up a filter list. In stark contrast to its Android app, the app’s splash screen on iOS appears ancient, and features are also curtailed. Just two basic features along with Safe ID app that has a tight security with non-recoverable password protection. There’s a safe browser built in, too.

Design and Usability
Redesigning its layout from last year, it has a very clean and minimal look. The first screen shows the status, pulling that down will start a scan. Swiping to the left gives you the app security screen and swipe more to browse through screens of Web protection, System tuning features, license screen etc. During testing the Anti-theft features, it seemed to locate the phone quite accurately and the other options to send SMS commands, lock, wipe, take a sneak peak, ring etc. performed as configured, too. Similar to others, Norton can be given device administrator rights to prevent from uninstallation by anyone.

Verdict
Norton Mobile Security for Android is one of the best performing antiviruses ever. The total scan time was quite low and it did pretty well in our real-time protection test and scores were a good indicative of this result. Also, Norton was the only antivirus to provide very comprehensive parental control options via the Norton Family PC client.

Norton Mobile Security Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹571
Release Date: 15 Mar 2016
Market Status: Launched
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Norton Mobile Security

Price : ₹571

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