Nor­ton Se­cu­rity Premium for Three De­vices


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AL­THOUGH WE FIND our­selves a lit­tle un­happy at Sy­man­tec of late — both for the can­cel­la­tion of the free ver­sion of Nor­ton Fam­ily and the fact that Aus­tralian users are pay­ing way more for se­cu­rity than US users (se­ri­ously: Nor­ton Se­cu­rity Premium is avail­able for 10 de­vice for US$55) — but the fact re­mains that, when it comes to fam­ily and be­gin­ner-friendly fea­tures, Nor­ton is still on the top of the heap.

What puts Nor­ton in the lead is its el­e­gant, sim­ple in­ter­face, its rich fea­ture set that in­cludes on­line backup, and what is among the in­dus­try’s best parental con­trol so­lu­tions, eas­ily ri­valling and per­haps best­ing ded­i­cated so­lu­tions like Qus­to­dio and Net Nanny.

On that last point, the sub­scrip­tion for Se­cu­rity Premium in­cludes a full sub to Nor­ton Fam­ily Premier, a cloud-based parental con­trol sys­tem with ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing tools for man­ag­ing and mon­i­tor­ing kids’ on­line ac­tiv­i­ties. It gen­er­ates re­ports, shows snip­pets of videos they’re watch­ing, lets you limit their ac­cess times or sites they can visit and much more. You don’t have to go to their in­di­vid­ual PCs and mo­biles to set it up: all the rules are man­aged through a por­tal site.

The on­line cloud backup tool is a re­ally great one for be­gin­ners as well. A lot of be­gin­ners don’t do proper back­ups or sub­scribe to backup ser­vices, but this makes it easy to have au­to­mated backup to a se­cure cloud server, which is a key tool for mit­i­gat­ing ran­somware at­tacks. Its big­gest prob­lem is that the 25GB limit is far too st­ingy — an aw­ful lot of peo­ple are go­ing to have photo col­lec­tions way larger than that.

There are a lot of other things go­ing on in the back­ground of Nor­ton. It man­aged a per­fect score in AV-Test’s bench­marks and had lit­tle im­pact on per­for­mance, though it did pro­duce a few false warn­ings on le­git­i­mate soft­ware. There’s a ton of hid­den fea­tures: bank­ing pro­tec­tion, web­site fil­ter­ing, iden­tity pro­tec­tion, pass­word man­age­ment, sys­tem tun­ing and clean­ing and more. It does all these things au­to­mat­i­cally, with­out mak­ing any kind of fuss about them (es­pe­cially when run­ning in silent mode), which is what makes this so great for be­gin­ners.

Like many suites now, the Nor­ton Se­cu­rity li­cence also ap­plies to mo­bile de­vices and Macs as well. Nor­ton is one of the few suites with a re­ally great mo­bile app. Its mo­bile parental con­trols are par­tic­u­larly good on An­droid, where all the rules that you con­fig­ure can still be ap­plied — ac­cess times, site fil­ter­ing, re­port­ing and much more. Pass­words stored on desk­tops will be taken to your mo­bile as well.

We love the el­e­gance of the so­lu­tion over­all. It does an aw­ful lot with­out trum­pet­ing any of it. Set­ting it up re­quires very lit­tle ex­pen­di­ture of ef­fort, and even the on­line backup sys­tem in­tel­li­gently fig­ures out what to back up for you and re­quires vir­tu­ally no setup. The per­fect so­lu­tion for peo­ple who just want to in­stall and for­get.

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