Comparing Symantec Mobile Security 7.2 and Norton Mobile Security

Article:TECH202054  |  Created: 2013-01-25  |  Updated: 2014-07-08  |  Article URL
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Symantec offers two products which protect Android mobile devices against threats.  Which one is the most appropriate for my needs?


Symantec Mobile Security 7.2 (SMS 7.2) 

Symantec Mobile Security 7.2 is an Enterprise Android security product.  It is designed for organizations that have a significant number (dozens/hundreds/thousands) of Android devices to manage and protect.  

Symantec Mobile Security 7.2 requires a Symantec Management Platform (Altiris server) for central policy configuration, device registration and reporting.  Once the SMS 7.2 is installed upon this SMP by the Symantec Installation Manager, the individual Android devices download the .apk file from a URL on this server or from another Mobile Security Gateway (MSG) in the corporate infrastructure.  

The SMS 7.2 .apk on its own is of little benefit, as its features only become activated once enrolled to the management server. 

More information is available via the articles linked below, on the official product page and in the Connect Forum.


Norton Mobile Security (NMS) 

Norton Mobile Security is a Consumer security product for Android.  If protection is needed only for a handful of Android smartphones, tablets or other devices, and there is no need for a central management console's logging, unified policies and other features, then the recommended product is Norton Mobile Security.  

This is a standalone product that does not connect to a management platform: all that is required is to download the .apk and install it on the device.  

More information is available is available from the official product page and in the Norton Community forums


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