Ad­vanced anti-virus soft­ware slick

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Nor­ton 360 Multi De­vice ($ 99.99)

It seems th­ese days I can’t go far with­out some email land­ing in my in­box warn­ing me how vul­ner­a­ble my An­droid smart­phone is from cy­ber nas­ties and I need pro­tec­tion. En­ter Nor­ton’s 360 Multi De­vice, which lets you in­stall anti-virus soft­ware on up to five de­vices – in­clud­ing An­droid-plat­form de­vices – us­ing the same li­cence key.

I in­stalled Multi De­vice on three de­vices (a Win­dows 7 PC and two An­droid de­vices). In­stall was easy us­ing the disc-based op­tion and you can in­stall to a smart­phone or tablet us­ing a pro­vided QR code, which will take you to the Google Play store where you down­load the AV.

This process is a lit­tle more cum­ber­some, though – as you have to make sure you’re signed into a Google Play ac­count at the time – but the mo­bile ver­sion lets you send an SMS (text) to lock your phone, lo­cate your de­vice or wipe its con­tents should it get stolen or you loose it. That’s handy. The yearly sub­scrip­tion also gives you 25Gb of on­line, or ‘‘cloud-based’’ stor­age, for sys­tem back-up stor­age.

Over­all, the user in­ter­face in both the PC and mo­bile ver­sion is slick and un­ob­tru­sive, and works well, and ad­vanced features mean you can make things as easy or as com­pli­cated as you want. I par­tic­u­larly liked the spam and phish­ing fil­ter and you can set the soft­ware in both ver­sions to do scans daily, weekly or monthly.

The sys­tem scan­ning on both PC and mo­bile was fast, and im­por­tantly, didn’t im­pact on sys­tem re­sources as some an­tivirus pro­grams can do. A one-year li­cence will set you back $99.99.

I think AV soft­ware on a com­puter is a no-brainer, so I can rec­om­mend 360 Multi De­vice for that plat­form and the fact that you can in­stall it onto four other de­vices is a bonus, but call me a scep­tic, but I’m yet to be con­vinced I really need AV soft­ware for my An­droid smart­phone, de­spite down­load­ing plenty of apps on both phone and tablet. I’ll re­main vig­i­lant.

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