I personally don't use Norton Security. Many years ago I used to use Norton 360, but that was back around like version 3 or something like that. However I like to check in once'n a while to see what's up, because I do like their products. However this time I discovered they've discontinued their old products for a new one, Norton Security. I'm not sure how long ago this switch happened, but it's the first I'm hearing of it. I thought I'd make quick thread to talk about it, likes, dislikes, feature questions, and etc.
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Recently Norton has decided to compact their AV inventory. Instead of having several products for home users that all do pretty much the same things, which is very confusing for customers, they now have 1 standard antimalware product for home users called Norton Security. There are 2 versions, Norton Security, and Norton Security With Backup. They still make other anti-malware products like Norton Small Business for businesses, and Norton Mobile Security for Android, and iOS.
Product Page: https://ca.norton.com/norton-security-antivirus
Trial Download: https://ca.norton.com/norton-security-downloads-trial (Norton Account is required to enable)
Features: Anti-malware, Firewall, Tools for online protection (eg: Toolbar for Internet Explorer), computer optimzation tools (eg: temporary file cleaning)
Personally I think it's great that they've decided to consolidate their products, it was getting very confusing trying to figure out the subtle differences between Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton 360 Premiere, and etc.
I like that Norton Security has installers for several operating systems: Windows XP SP3+ 32bit, Windows Vista SP1+ 32/64bit, Windows 7 SP1+ 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 8.1 32/64bit, Mac OS X's 3 most recent releases, Android 2.3+, and iOS 6. Your license works for all of them, and you get protection on up to 5 of your devices.
Your product subscription includes the right to use this product on 5 individual devices during the product
The introduction of application-based firewall rules is something to be excited about, lack-of was actually one of the reasons I stopped using Norton products.
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And it's not just basic application-based firewalling, it's fully featured, down to protocol type.
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I installed Norton Security 22 (not sure if it's the latest version as I downloaded it a month or so ago) on a Windows XP Professional 32bit virtual machine (1GB of ram), and it was very responsive compared to some of their other products in the past. It has a much ligher feeling to it.
I do have some criticisms though:
1. When you click on a question mark to learn more about a feature the information is not available within the product, instead a webpage is opened in your default web browser.
2. The "More Norton" screen is just bloat for getting instructions, and advertising other Norton products.
3. Trial requires a Norton Account to activate it.
4. I didn't test this, but I would assume using a purchased license key requires an internet connection for activation making the product unfriendly for offline machines.
5. No support for Windows XP Professional 64bit. This isn't surprising, and is completely understandable, but as an owner of Xp 64 I'm docking points for that.
7. Unique installation IDs. You can view your ID under "Help/About/End Point ID".
8. It could have it's features organized better, and the web-links removed. I cannot stand it when programs include weblinks, especially when they aren't identified as such.
Overall I think it's a decent product, definitely their best yet. I look forward to seeing how it progresses over the next few years.
Edited by hollowface, 29 December 2014 - 07:38 PM.