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Symantec’s Norton Security Makes Its Way To Android Tablets

Every PC user knows the name Norton. Whether you like the program or dislike it, Symantec has released Norton Tablet Security. Norton’s purpose for creating this new software is to protect users and user’s devices. And guess what, it’s only going to cost you $40 a year. It comes with every feature you would expect from a name like Norton. You can track a lost device via web portal, or even remotely lock the tablet so no creepers can dig through your files.

Let’s get a tally of how many people here are happy to hear this news. $40 a year doesn’t seem all to steep for complete security. Right?


Via: PCMag, Norton

  • Guest

    Norton’s sucks out loud.  Each and every sytem I get in to fix gets the complete removal tool run on it.  About 25% of the time that fixes the issue and I return it to the customer.  Even if Norton hasn’t been active on the system for years it resolves many, many issues.

    I’ve been burned by those bastards recently too.  Just this weekend I had some poor guy running HW tests on a server for hours, when the Norton removal tool would have saved him half his weekend.  I hate them.  My uncle’s system wouldn’t open Excel a day later, Norton removal tool, reboot, good to go.  No way that crap is going on my phone.

  • NDavid

    I’d still prefer a hardware sec system like barrier1.

  • Anonymous

    You… Don’t… Need… Anti Virus… On a Linux based system.

  • johnediii

    I admit that I work for a Symantec Partner and yes we do sell the Enterprise A/V product (now called Symantec Endpoint Protection).  That is not the products that I personally work on, but I know enough about it.  The latest version (12) is by far the best version they’ve released so far.  11 had a lot of problems from launch, but even that improved with the later Maintenance releases.  I do have access to freebies of Norton and run it on my 1 Windows PC at home.  The newest version that I have is the 2011 product and I’ve been fairly pleased with it.  I do the occasional torrent and Norton A/V 2011 has caught everything.  The impact on the system is much lower than in years previous.  I won’t buy this, though.  May try it if they give me a freebie like I get for the desktop products but until then.  
    I did want to mention, though, that this parallels their corporate Mobile Management Suite that I think you’ll see a lot of companies starting to use going forward.  It has agents for most desired mobile security functions for Android, iOS, BB, and Windows Phone 7.  If you work for a big company that uses Symantec Products and the company provides your smart phone.  Be ready for this coming down the line in the next few months.  

  • Mr. English

    Yay! Norton on tablets!! Woohoo..!!! Here come the virus infested files finally! Now we can get the same buggy, sluggish, unreliable programming that we have on Macs and Win machines right on our tablets. Not to mention all the good bad guys that will have more work. It’s a win-win. 

  • Guest

    it’s funny you mention how smart you are on every thread on here.  you insecure, bro?

  • Bigdaddyellison

    Does anyone really voluntarily run Symantec?  I thought everyone knew what a resource hog it is and dropped it for competitors long long ago.

  • Much smarter then you, “bro”

    • Anonymous

      If you’re smart, you don’t really need an AV though do you?

      • I’m smart enough to stay away from emails, attachments and websites that could harm my systems but having an AV product do its job in the background certainly lets me focus on my tasks rather then monitoring my network for malicious traffic.

        It’s a great thing to have no matter which OS you run. OS X has always been touted as the safest but when the last virus hit, quite a few of my friends were calling me about it. Asking me how to remove it and how to be safe from future attacks. They’ve all purchased Symantec and haven’t said anything to me about slower performance because of it.

      • Anonymous

        You can get infected by things even without opening shady sites, downloading shady files, etc. Your machine can get targeted and exploited using some kind of flaw in whatever software you’re running. Depending on the complexity of this exploit, an AV can block that before the developer can patch the hole.

        Firewalls are recommended for the same reason too.

  • Patrick McNaught

    Awww, I work at Symantec….it’s actually a great company.  They’ve gotten a bad rap from their consumer line of products being less than desirable in the past.  I don’t work on the consumer side of the business, I work with enterprise product.  Symantec Endpoint Protection is a really good AV actually.

  • Awesome!  The precious resources of our phones really could use something to keep them busy!  They are just sitting there sipping battery, as it is.

  • What’s worst then Norton announcing a security suite for tablets?

    All the retards with their useless comments which I’m fairly certain are based on what they read/heard.

    I’ve been using Symantec since my first PC back in the 90’s. I agree it sucked a lot and caused degraded system performance for a very long time but, in the past 5 years Symantec has done a phenomenal job with their security suites. They have built it from the ground up and yes, it had issues but what new software doesn’t have flaws? The suite works very well and I have not experienced any system performance issues while gaming, video editing and performing other CPU/memory intensive tasks.

    For people that will try to look smarter then I, let me do you a favor and shut you up now. I don’t work for Symantec. I have the Thunderbolt and run Lookout, and very happy with it. I use other OS in both mobile and PC platforms which includes iOS and BlackBerry. On the PC side, Ubuntu and OS X. I know how to use these systems well and know what I’m talking about. Now, shhh…

    • Anonymous

      u mad bro?

      • Your idiocracy shines like the Sun

        • Mctypething

          idiocracy? you mean idiocy? idiot.

          • You win that one. That is all my bad.

          • Anonymous

            hahahaha +1

    • Sp4rxx

      We have brand new machines come screeching to a near halt performance-wise when we install the Corporate Symantec product on them.  Symantec is just buying the name, no more.  I wish I had the site bookmarked, but there was a 3rd party group that tested ALL a/v products (both free and paid) and the biggest names such as Symantec/Norton and McAfee ranked way low compared to other viable alternatives.

      Don’t judge comments by what YOU see – a lot of us are speaking from experience.

      • Alan

        You’re  obviously doing something  wrong. The 3rd party site is posted above. Norton is ranked fairly high in speed and detection. Not the best but much better than years ago (which is what most here are basing their comments on).

      • In the past, I’ve noticed the main reason SEP or SAV in corporate environments causes degraded system performance is due to the configuration of the software. We’re using SEP at my company and our support team hardly gets tickets about SEP causing systems to run slower.

        Maybe your SEP/SAV admin needs to spend a little more time on reading and configuring the clients properly.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      You run Norton, no one needs to try to make you look dumb. 

      Norton is garbage, it went down the tube when they decided to try and branch into a security suite and lost focus on core functionality. I sold the thing for years, made bonuses off it, then refused to sell it when it turned into the “suite” because of it being a horrible product.

      • You refused to sell it or did they “stop” you from selling it? Come on, be honest…

        “You run Norton, no one needs to try to make you look dumb.” Really, is that the best you could do? I can see why you’re a salesman.

    • Smtxom

      I do tech support and I can say without a doubt they have the worst Customer Support ever. They charge customers for support (infection removal) even though the customer’s subscription is valid and current. So no 3rd party hear say here. 1st person experience where Norton/Symantec sucks

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t payed a dime for any security software and I have never had a virus. Nor have I had a virus software with any notable flaws.

  • Norton, the king of sucking up system resources.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, after that, the only thing you need to do to make your device completely unusable is wait for itunes to come out for Android.

  • me? nooooo 😉

  • Anonymous

    While there’s no way I’ll ever shell out that much money for AV on my android…
    What you commenters are saying about Norton is WRONG nowadays.

    Norton has been notoriously slow, but recently, the most current release (and maybe also one previous to that) are actually very fast compared to the Norton stigma. And catch a lot. Norton has really stepped up their game.
    Not enough to make me purchase a license (why pay when there’s free?), but enough to not uninstall it when I got a free 1 yr license with my laptop. A few years ago I would’ve uninstalled it immediately.

    Check out http://www.av-comparatives.org/ for unbiased testing of different AV suites (free and paid).

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one reading this thread that’s smart…

  • Sp4rxx

    Watch your Honeycomb tablets slow down to Android 1.0 speeds!!! w00t!!!!

  • Anonymous


    Nice save. 

  • Larson

    Kind of sucks that the popularity and complexity of Android has made it a viable target for malware. Who knows, with the slow updates of the stock browser (most 3rd party browsers are just derivatives of it), there’ll be an increase in browser attacks on Android.

    • Sp4rxx

      not starting a flame-war, but the same idea happened w/ iOS-based devices – the popularity and complexity of iOS (not to mention the incessant decrees from its followers touting its 100% protected status) brought on security companies to code A/V products for it since malicious coders wanted to prove that iOS is not safe w/o security.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve never used Anti-Virus because of the slowdown caused on the system.  Additionally, I can manually remove viruses, so there is no reason to have a program always bogging my system down… just in case.

      I’ve only gotten 2 viruses.  One was the first time I fired up Kazzaa or Morpheus or one of those file sharing programs after Napster went down.  Never again after that.  Second time was my ex girlfriend using my computer.  

      It’s not hard to avoid viruses if you have half of a brain (which my ex girlfriend obviously didn’t :-D, and obviously I wasn’t using when I used file sharing programs).  the only reason anyone would need this is if they buy into media hype or if they download apps from shady torrent sites.

      • Hmm

         What makes you think you don’t have a virus?

    • Bullet22

      Too bad browser attacks are often done through ad networks. So even if you don’t go to suspicious sites, you could still get compromised.

  • HAHAHA I’m laughing my ass off at the fact that there hasn’t been one good comment about this yet.

  • Trooper

    Norton sucks, period.

  • The PC version has always been total junk. Slow as molasses, untimely definition updates, completely missing virus signatures, botched uninstalls etc. The last thing I want is a version on my mobile devices.

  • Anonymous

    you dont need any sort of antivirus protection on your android. this isnt windows 98. unless your a complete idiot the chances of you getting a virus on your tablet is 1 in 10000.

  • only fourty bucks…..geeesus

  • Dan

    $40 is WAY too expensive when compared to Lookout and LooLookout only uses a tiny amount of precious battery juice.

  • Anonymous

    mycleantablet.com should be popping up soon too haha

  • And Pow.. .tablets everywhere slow to a friggin crawl.

  • Anonymous

    You know when Norton first came out it was a good program, but I think it was after 2002 when it really started being more bloat than anything else.  Norton became the first “bloatware”.

    • It was “good” because it was fast.. because it didn’t catch half the viruses out there. It was a false sense of a good product. Norton was *never* good.

  • Eric

    Norton’s great if you want to slow your tablet to a screeching halt.

  • Booboolala2000

    If it is only half as buggy as the pc version I will pass.

  • It was only a matter of time.

  • Anonymous

    Oops, double Poast

  • Norton IS the virus.

    • Anonymous


      It is well known they develop more virus’ than the entire hacking community combined.

    • Bjtemp

      Just in case your tablet is running fast, buy Norton. That’ll slow you back down!  Maybe even put you in reverse!

  • Mctypething


    • Jarred Sutherland

      Norton is complete garbage. Before Symantec took over and ruined it, it was great.

      • Anonymous

        Symantec has always owned the anti-virus, they just purchased Norton Tools and as they grew and developed it, added anti-virus to it.  They have since rebranded everything just under the Symantec umbrella.

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Ugh, my bad. The timeline where it went down the crapper then is when they lost focus on the actual virus detection portion and went to bundle everything else in with the product.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, it has been a bloated resource hog for some time.  We are trying to get rid of it at work, though I don’t think we will be able to fully get rid of it since it has been certified by certain security standards that we are required to follow on a small subset of our computers.

  • Hans

    as someone who used to work for symantec, in the norton group AND on the virus teams… please for the love of god do not buy this.  hell dont buy it for PC either , security essentials is better in every way (and was when microsoft acquired the company that originally wrote it)

  • Jacob
  • great, now my tablet can run as slow as my PC…..oh wait, I removed that on my PC, nevermind.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Symantec is total garbage.Now, if Kaspersky made a product I would listen.

      • Joe

        Have you actually looked up current anti-virus software comparisons? People here are judging based on past versions. That’s like judging Android today based on version 1.5.

        Based on comparisons, Norton has gotten much faster, less false positives, more detections, etc. I don’t currently use Norton though since I opted for a free alternative.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          Nope I have not BUT what I have done is canvases my peers, my clients, my friends and across the board, Kaspersky rules and Norton is poo.

          • Alman


        • Matthew Merrick

          That’s like judging Android today based on version 1.5.
          oh, you mean like all the non-android users do? 😛 

    • Anonymous

      No you didn’t. Norton is uninstallable.

      • format c: 🙂

        • Anonymous

          Formatting won’t get it out of your dreams. 

          • *nightmares

            There, fixed that for ya 😉

  • jimbob


  • Anonymous

    Please please please don’t start releasing tablets with Norton Pre-Installed. I’d rather VZ apps than Norton.

  • Aaron Clay


  • Andrey Feldman

    what the hell just happened… the droid-life update disappeared ???

  • Anonymous


  • Uncannyzebra

    Great they can slow down tablets too.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, I’ll totally buy this and then go and also pay for VZ Navigator. Any other apps I should buy when a great, free alternative is already out there?

    • Anonymous

      Dude your stupid. Why just pay for apps that you could get for free when you can buy an iPhone and pay Apple even more money for apps that you could get for free on Android!

      I’m just waiting for Apple Wallet on the Iphone 5. It’s going to only cost $30 a year to use and Apple will automatically draw money out of my account and send me the newest iphone, ipod, and ipad etc… whenever they come out with out me even having to order! I know I’m going to buy it without thinking anyways! Just another way Apple is out-innovating android.

      • dude it seems you do a lot of things without thinking …sheep

        • Anonymous

          I guess it’s really getting to the point where I have to put “/s” after my sarcastic post. I really didn’t think I could make it any more obvious…

          • Sp4rxx

            lol i was about to retort when i read your response …. i nearly choked on my sprite lol

          • Anonymous

            Well, the problem is many Apple fanboys would say something blind like that.

            I was attacked by a handful of Apple fanboys who called me an Android fanboy because I agreed with a comment that noted one of many deficiencies of iOS.  This was also after I admitted that I was switching from my Blackberry to an iPhone 4s, which I’ll be doing in about 50 minutes actually.  But everyone knows using a Blackberry, then switching to an iPhone 4s, makes me an Android fanboy.  It’s so obvious. (that was sarcasm, just in case 😉 )

            If you hadn’t responded I’d probably be 50/50 on whether or not you were being sarcastic or serious.

          • Anonymous

            Damn these sheep may be more rediculous than I think. I guess I’ll have to step up my sarcasm next time with some hyperbole. lol

          • Anonymous

            yea wow, couldn’t believe that flew over some1s head….I actually read your comment & the reply again bc I thought I missed something, but….nope.

  • Kevin Varcasio

    oh god….

  • GCurry

    No, thank you.