Norton Security Premium
GREAT PROTECTION AND A REASONABLE PRICE, THIS SUITE IS ONLY SLIGHTLY BELOW THE BEST AVAILABLE
Symantec’s Norton security suites have always performed well in our tests, and this year the trend is continued. However, Symantec sells Norton Security in a fairly confusing array of packages, which you’ll need to sift through rst.
At the bottom is the Individual version, wwith support for one device. The MultiDevice version is the best value; it’s the same as Standard, but gives you the option to install on three devices: PCs, Macs and mobile.
At the top is the Household version, which gives you 5 devices to install on and adds 25GB of online storage, plus a few extra family-protection features.
Symantec Norton Security scored a 97% total accuracy rating in our tests, placing it third overall. Looking into how this was achieved, Norton scored a protection accuracy rating of 95%. It managed to detect 99 threats, blocking 97, neutralising two, but allowing one to compromise our test computers. That’s still an impressive performance and shows that you’re getting a high level of protection.
When it came to legitimate software, Norton Security managed a rating of 98%. It blocked a few applications from running, but is far from annoying or over the top when it comes to blocking.
Many of Norton Security Premium’s additional features are browser extensions. This makes a certain amount of sense, as they’re then at the source of where infections can come from.
Norton Identity Safe is one additional feature you’re likely to want. It works as a password manager and an anti-phishing tool,
ring up warnings if you enter credentials into an untrusted site. Then there’s the Norton Security Toolbar, which gives each site you visit a security rating, adding colour-coded results into Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
In the main Norton Security app, you get access to the suite’s range of tools. It’s fair to say that over the years more features have been added simply as a way to pad out the features list. In this day and age, a disk defragmenter, temporary les cleanup tool and startup manager aren’t that useful. Windows 10 has better versions of all of these. In many cases, these tools are outdated: if you use an SSD, then a defragmenter is pointless.
That’s not to say that it’s all a complete wash-out. Among the less useful add-ons, there are plenty of very useful features. Silent mode is something that will appeal to anyone that needs to crack on with some work and doesn’t want to be interrupted, or just for gamers. This mode suppresses popups and the like, so you can keep going uninterrupted.
CONFIGURE IT OUT
While the main interface is very plain, the settings menu lets you get your hands dirty and completely con gure how the entire system works. That’s great for power users that want to tweak everything; if you just want Norton Security to do its job, you can simply sit back and let it carry on. As you’d expect, you can also start custom scans from the interface, looking for issues and malware already on your computer. It’s worth running one of these scans regularly.
With all versions, you also get Norton Family, a surprisingly powerful tool for the price. It lets you set rules and monitor your children’s online activity on both PCs and Android smartphones. It runs as a separate application to Norton Security, monitoring web activity, watching for agged phrases such as credit card numbers and also lets you monitor where your child is via GPS.
Compared to some other suites, Norton Security Premium lacks some of the more powerful addons and tools. However, it’s very good value for multiple devices, so we can forgive this. Protection is excellent, too, with the suite coming third overall in our tests. However, if you want the best protection, then once again we have to point you to Kaspersky Security Cloud.
All that said, if you’re a current Norton subscriber, then you can rest easy, knowing that your computer remains well protected.