In this day and age you have to be extra careful how you use mobile devices such as tablets online, you can get software infections that can steal your saved information without you being any the wiser.
For some their deterrent for avoiding any and all online security worries is to avoid using the Internet for anything serious (banking, paying bills, and shopping), but that’s not always practical. Those that find avoiding the Internet less than practical have employed the protection services of softare makers like AVG, Kasperky, McAfee and Symantec (to name a few) for their mobile devices.
Today Symantec has exposed their plans to release a new security product that’s designed specifically for tablet users. The new program from Symantec is being called, Norton Tablet Security. At this time Symantec is only detailing how their program will be able to benefit Android tablet owners, Symantec isn’t planning to release the software on any other platforms. And for Android users the Tablet Security program will support tablets running Android 2.2 or any other version of Android newer than that (this includes Android 3.x Honeycomb).
Symantec told CNET they will charge $39.99 for a one-year license for the Norton Tablet Security product. At $39.99 the tablet specific security program is $10 more than the standard Norton Mobile Security service for Android phones costs.
If you fell out of your chair at the $39.99 per year price the reps. from Symantec explained to CNET the Norton Tablet Security product is priced well compared to the other suite of Norton security products; Symantec charges $59.99 for Norton Internet Security, and $79.99 for Norton 360 one-year licenses. –Although if your in the U.S. your cable Internet provider might provide you with Norton 360 security for free with your monthly Internet subscription.
Norton isn’t leaving anything out of their Tablet Security software, just check out the full is of features for the software below:
- Web-Based Remote Locate: Shows you the location of your tablet, so you can find it if it’s lost or stolen.
- Web-Based Remote Lock: Lets you remotely lock your lost or stolen tablet to prevent strangers from seeing your private stuff or running up your tablet bill.
- Antiphishing Web Protection: Blocks fraudulent (phishing) websites. Protects your tablet and your personal information when you use Wi-Fi connections, without slowing you down or interrupting you.
- Download Threat Protection: Automatically scans all the apps and app updates you download to your tablet for threats.
- Norton Community Watch: Collects information volunteered by millions of Norton users to spot new threats faster, identify safe files and provide stronger, more efficient protection.
- LiveUpdate™ with Roaming State Detection: Checks for updates every week to help ensure you have the most up-to-date protection. Only updates when you’re NOT roaming, to avoid unnecessary charges.
- Tablet Threat Protection: Detects and removes threats without affecting your tablet’s performance.
This isn’t going to be some lightweight protection software for your tablet. At this time Norton isn’t giving away a firm release date for the Tablet Security for Android OS, but know that it’s “coming soon”.
It should be noted that competitors for Symantec (AVG, McAfee etc.) offer their Android security services with lower yearly rates, you should shop around if you don’t like the $40 per year that Norton Tablet Security will cost you if you really want some mobile protection. (A good and up-to-date price guide for mobile security applications can be viewed here)