Norton Review

By: Craig Chamberlin

 

Spotlight on Norton:

Symantec Corporation was once the largest name in antivirus protection. To this day, the company continues making Norton security, backup and antivirus software packages including Norton Security for One Device, Norton Security and Norton Security with Backup. 

Symantec Corporation was founded in 1982 in Sunnyvale, California.  The company headquarters is now located in Mountain View, California. 

  • Pros:  Easy to use, install and manage. Great price to its counterparts including licenses for up to 10 devices. Top of the line parental controls (Norton Security with Backup only).
  • Cons: Average detection rates and protection. Average performance. 

 

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  • Features: Full Featured Protection 
  • Ease of Use: Easiest For Users 
  • Reliability: Average 
  • Value: Average
  • Money Back Guarantee: 60-Day 

Package Features and Highlights:

  • Norton Security for One Device - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, online identity and financial protection, e-mail and spam blocking, password manager and PC optimization tools for a single computer.
  • Norton Security - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, online identity and financial protection, e-mail and spam blocking, password manager and PC optimization tools for up to 5 computers or devices. 
  • Norton Security with Backup - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, identity and financial protection, parental controls, e-mail and spam blocking, password manager, PC optimization tools and 25 GB online backup storage for up to 10 computers or devices. 

Ease of Use:

Norton Security's antivirus software is definitely on par with Kaspersky and McAfee as one of the easiest antivirus software packages to use. At a glance, users can quickly determine the security and vulnerability of their machine. With just a few clicks, users can perform quick scans, full scans, backups or performance optimizations of their system.  

The software has a very quick installation that walks users through all of the software features as it installs. Fast installation and a smaller application size, however, do not offset the average performance and detection rates that of Norton Security compared to their competitors.

Its dashboard also allows users to easily run antivirus scans, updates, identity theft settings, online backups, and PC tune ups. The dashboard is clean, easy to read and intuitive. 

Parental Controls are quite possibly the software's best feature. Users can be configured from a website dashboard with various restrictions and those restrictions are automatically enforced on all of the user's devices. It also has integrated reporting for giving valuable feedback to parents taking an active interest in protecting their children. Parents can then making new restrictions based upon their child's usage behaviors.

Dashboard of the Norton Security and Backup Software package.

Value for Money:

Between all three products, Symantec offers average protection at very reasonable prices. Symantec's products are an excellent choice for users interested in an easy to use software package with average detection rates and extremely powerful parental control features.

One great value added of Norton Security is the 60-day money back guarantee. If users are not completely satisfied with their product then they can get their money back, no questions asked. 

In addition to the 60 day money back guarantee Symantec also offers a Virus Protection Promise. If a security expert is unable to remove a virus using a specific product you will get 100% of your money back.

Customer Support:

Like their competitors, Symantec Corporation provides customers with many support options. The website includes knowledgebase articles and frequently asked questions. Depending on their comfort level, users can use Symantec's online chat system, e-mail system or even purchase various support packages. 

Dashboard of the Norton Security and Backup Software package while running a system scan.

Ease of Use

AV-Test has reported that Norton is one of the easiest to use antivirus products, for both beginners and professionals and we have to agree with them. Being one of the first brands to market, the interface has been copied by many latecomers to the antivirus party so it will all feel very familiar and intuitive. With intelligent scanning and low-resource activity, It can be run on low-spec computers without interruption to user experience and is accessible for all skill levels to use. 

Bottom Line:

Easy to use protection with great parental controls. Depending on the package, Norton Security includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, identity and financial protection, parental controls, e-mail and spam blocking, password manager, PC optimization tools and 25 GB online backup storage for up to 10 computers or devices.

When it comes to virus protection, while the Norton Security's detection rates may leave something to be desired, the solid parental controls and ease of use make it a great choice for users looking for average virus detection coupled with top of the line parental controls for their family.

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Last Updated: June 3, 2015

 

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