09-07-2012 01:55 AM
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There is no option given by NMS 3.0 to set up a password for the Security Lock feature
and Device Admin activation.
The protection of Device Admin is just another layer of the remote Lock for NMS 3.0 to
protect the device from being started in Safe Mode when locked which is a great idea.
There are a couple of Android Security Apps that i am aware of that allow the user to set
up a password or pin when giving Device Admin to the app.
The only problem i have seen in the past with password protected Device Admin for an Android
application is if the password is forgotten i am pretty sure you cannot uninstall the app, a hard
reset would probably be required, not really sure what would happen next as i have not tested
such a situation.
But personally i think if the device is locked then it does not require password protected Device
Admin as long as it has been activated because the device will not give anyone access unless they
know the pin or can gain access to your NMS 3.0 Control Panel to use the unlock option.
So to play it safe if you misplace your device or loose it or it is stolen, lock it straight away and
all your personal info will be safe. And if you are really concerned about your info on the external
memory you have the option of the remote Wipe by SMS.
I hope that info is helpful.
09-07-2012 02:05 AM - edited 09-07-2012 02:06 AM
Also if you are concerned about the NMS 3.0 app being uninstalled you
could use the Android default lock with password, pin or pattern or with
ICS a happy snap of you to protect your device and all personal info and
apps installed. .
09-07-2012 02:20 AM
If Norton was to introduce pin protected install and Device Admin it would be good if by default
it is your 4 digit pin for the Lock and unlock, and if you were to change your pin in the Norton
Mobile Security Control Panel as you can, then the Device Admin pin would change as well.
Not sure if that would be possible.? But would give extra comfort to know NMS 3.0 could not be
uninstalled if the user does not want to use the Android default lock system, plus you would not
have to worry about forgetting your pin for uninstalling NMS 3.0 and Device Admin deactivation,
as your pin is always available from your NMS Control Panel.
09-07-2012 08:47 AM
Thanks smithy for the detailed explanation!
As smithy explained, the idea behind enabling Device Administrator for Norton Mobile Security is to add an extra layer of protection even in Safe Mode. Earlier, if the device is lost and locked, it could be easily uninstalled by starting the device in Safe Mode. Device Administrator prevents this from happening and the lock screen is displayed even in Safe Mode.
Another change with NMS 3.0 release is that the Anti-theft password/passcode management is done only through Norton Mobile Security Web site. In case, you forget your password, you can login to NMS Web site using your Norton Account and view or edit your password. The same password/passcode is used for SMS Anti-theft features.
Personally, I do not feel the need for enabling the password protection for NMS Device Admin. That would make the password recovery difficult and I don't see any easy and safe option apart from hard reset. The only scenario I can think of is when someone having access to your device, wants to uninstall the NMS app without your knowledge.