Nor­ton Se­cu­rity Pre­mium

GREAT PRO­TEC­TION AND A REA­SON­ABLE PRICE, THIS SUITE IS ONLY SLIGHTLY BELOW THE BEST AVAIL­ABLE

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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.

SAFE ZONE

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.

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