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Set up App Security and Internet Security features in Norton 360 app on your Android device

You can set up the App Security and Internet Security features on your mobile device to help protect your device from apps that contain risks and online threats. The features include:

  • App Advisor for Google Play: Scans and lets you know if apps contain risks before you install them from Google Play.

  • Real-time Scan: Automatically scans and better protect your device from malware and risky apps.

  • Ransomware Recovery: Scans apps for screen-lock ransomware that locks your device until a payment is made and crypto-ransomware that encrypts valuable content to hold your file hostage.

  • Safe Web: Helps detect and warns you about the fraudulent websites before you visit them.

  • Safe Search: Norton Safe Search displays the Norton Secured rating for a website in search results to help you identify and filter out suspicious sites from your search results.

    Norton Safe Search does not provide a security rating for paid search results (sponsored links) nor does it filter out potentially unsafe sponsored links from the search results.

To use the App Security and Internet Security features, you need to enable the Norton 360 Service on your device. Once you set up the App Advisor for Google Play feature on your device, your Norton 360 app automatically enables the features that include Real-time Scan, Ransomware Recovery, and Safe Web.

You can also use the Your Protection Report card to view the summary of the activities that your Norton 360 app has performed in the last 30 days to protect your device against:

  • Malicious websites

  • Malware and potentially harmful apps

Set up App Advisor for Google Play

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Norton 360 app.

  2. If you see the Security option in the Norton 360 app main screen, then tap Security or else go to step 3.

  3. Tap App Security.

  4. Tap Set Up.

  5. In the Accessibility screen, tap Norton 360 Service.

  6. In the Norton 360 Service screen, next to Use Norton 360 Service, move the slider to On.

  7. Read the information in the alert and tap Allow or Ok.

  8. Depending on your Android OS version, do the following:

    • On Android 9.x or later devices, in the Display over other apps screen, next to Allow display over other apps, move the slider to turn it on.

    • On Android 6.x to 8.x devices, in the Apps that can draw over other apps screen, next to Permit drawing over other apps, move the slider to turn it on.

  9. In the Stay protected alert, tap Next.

  10. Depending on your Android OS version, do the following:

    • On Android 9.x or later devices, in the Let app always run in background alert, tap Allow.

    • On Android 6.x to 8.x devices, in the Ignore battery optimizations? alert, tap Yes.

When you install the Norton 360 app, during the initial setup, App Advisor automatically scans the installed apps on your device and warns of risks if any. You can then trust or uninstall the app.
Depending on the following behavior, the installed apps are rated as Privacy Risk:
  • Personal Data Shared - displays information such as personal account information, contact details, SIM card details, settings info, installed app details, location, and or device details when it is shared with the app installed.

  • Ads Displayed - informs you if the app displays advertisements within the app, or push the advertisements to your notification bar, or places advertising icons on your home screen.

  • Background Data Usage - rates the app on its ability to potentially transfer cellular data or consume bandwidth in the background when the app is not in use.

    By design, some Android apps and their dependent services require background data to fully function.

  • Unusual Behaviors Detected - displays information when any unusual activity by an app is noticed on your device.

  • Background Battery Usage - lists the apps that use location data and frequently refresh in the background and may use more battery even when the app is not open.

View the App Security report card

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Norton 360 app.

  2. At the bottom of the Norton 360 app main screen, tap and pull up the Your Protection Report option.

  3. Under the App Security section, you can view the number of safe and potentially harmful apps that Norton 360 has identified.

Set up Safe Search

  1. From the home screen, launch the Norton 360 app.

  2. If you see the Security option in the Norton 360 app main screen, then tap Security or else go to step 3.

  3. Tap Internet Security.

  4. Under More Protection, tap Setup required.

  5. In the Add a Shortcut screen, tap Add Shortcut, and then tap Add Automatically. A shortcut is created on the Home screen of your device.

  6. Swipe the screen to the right, and then in the Add a Search Bar screen, tap Add Search Bar. Norton Safe Search bar is added to the notification area to quickly access the Safe Search.

  7. Tap Finish.

View the Internet Security report card

  1. From the Home screen, launch the Norton 360 app.

  2. At the bottom of the Norton 360 app main screen, tap and pull up the Your Protection Report option.

  3. Under the Internet Security section, you can view the number of safe and malicious websites that Norton 360 has detected.

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DOCID: v137722459
Operating System: Android
Last modified: 11/01/2021