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Norton Smartphone Security 5.0 Review

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PROS / Provides effective malware protection and data security in the event of theft or loss.

CONS / Lacks GPS locate capability to find the device if it’s lost or stolen.

 VERDICT / Offers effective protection against malicious programs but lacks advanced features.

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Norton takes a healthy load of protection features and packs them into your smartphone making for an excellent mobile security solution. Norton Smartphone Security combines a variety of features with the ability to keep your phone protected from viruses, trojan horses, worms and even spam. While Norton doesn’t offer as many features as our top ranked mobile security software from SMobile or Kaspersky, it still packs a great value with outstanding security for your mobile device.


This is a complete mobile security software protection package for your phone. With antivirus, antispam and firewall protection, Norton shields your phone from every direction. The firewall feature allows you to enable or limit access by setting the appropriate level of protection for your phone. Norton Smartphone Security is also effective at helping you reduce annoying spam in both text and multimedia formats.

Norton Smartphone Security offers an effective solution to protect your phone from viruses in real-time. Your phone is protected as the mobile security software incorporates automatic scanning. After a potentially infected file is found, it will be placed in quarantine until you decide what action to take. In the event that a device is lost or stolen, it can be locked or wiped remotely by simply sending a text message to the phone with the applicable command and password.


The comprehensive security features include the ability to reduce spam messages sent to your phone. By designating which sources you want to allow and which you want to restrict, you can control your incoming messages. Place sources that you completely trust on the white list and they will always be allowed. Place addresses of sources you don’t trust on the black list, and their messages will never be allowed in your inbox.

Not only does the program help protect your phone's internal memory and memory card in real-time, it also blocks hackers, intrusions and denial-of-service attacks. Norton’s Smartphone Security blocks dangerous malware found in individual files, file archives and even in applications.


Protecting your phone doesn’t have to be hard. The software is specifically designed to run and be controlled easily on a mobile device. You don’t have to worry about the software causing your phone to perform sluggishly. The program is engineered to use minimal resources, so you won’t notice any performance problems or significant battery depletion.

Users can perform on-demand scans or schedule them to run periodically. Scans are recorded in an activity log where users can view reports and see what actions were taken.

Help & Support

The application is easy to install on your phone and to keep running effectively with updates. The software can be uploaded onto your phone using a PC application and syncing the device. The program automatically checks for and installs updates weekly.


This program is a great solution for protecting your phone from all sorts of threats. With antivirus, firewall and antispam functionality, Norton covers your bases. Automatic scans and quick updates make Smartphone Security easy to use. The interface is simple to navigate and understand, and allows users to customize their settings for a specified level of mobile security. The program is a great solution for protecting your mobile information. Norton Smartphone Security is a complete phone security solution with effective protection and great features.