08-12-2011 07:55 AM
I just installed Norton Mobile Security Lite from the Android Market. It looks to be nicely crafted software, however the first thing I look for in an anti-theft product is uninstall protection and NMS Lite does not have any. Ideally an anti-theft software is hidden from view, but at minimum it should install as a device administrator and have password protection. At the moment if someone steals the phone all they need to do is go to the applications list and uninstall it. This really makes NMS only suitable for locating a lost device and not a stolen one. I would be interested to hear what people think about this. Perhaps password protection is available in the full version?
08-12-2011 08:55 AM
Take your point.
However in its favour, the remote lock facility offers you some protection if you know it has been stolen. All you need to do is find someone who can send an SMS message for you and the thief will find it locked and will not be able to go to the applications list and uninstall it. Is that any consolation?
08-12-2011 09:52 AM
Yes, if you realize quickly enough that the phone is missing you can lock it remotely. If someone else gets there first and changes the lock code then the game is over. Anyone who is at all serious about securing their phone will have it locking automatically anyway, so being able to lock it remotely doesn't necessarily add much.
If an anti-theft app hides itself it becomes possible to locate and track the phone without alerting the "thief", but whether or not it's realistic to think in terms of recovering a stolen phone is debatable. Being able to wipe personal information from the phone is a realistic expectation as long at the anti-theft app is not discovered and removed, so hiding and password protecting "application management" is still a good idea....IMHO of course.
08-12-2011 11:57 AM
One thing to keep in mind. The AntiTheft code can be changed only if you enter the current password or a buddy sends the unlock command to grant you access. Password protecting the uninstall is something we are considering, but for now we do not have that implemented. One thing that you can do is to turn off the notification icon and ensure that you don't have a shortcut to NMS on your home screen. This could minimize a thief from knowing that you have AntiTheft protection installed.