// Norton 360
An important but often ignored responsibility of owning a PC, smartphone, or tablet is security. As portable electronics become more prevalent, they in turn become a reservoir of all our personal information and in some cases, even more so than our desktop and notebook PCs. Norton 360 Multi-Device is a simple, convenient, and effective way to keep all your gadgets safe.
1. PREPARING THE NORTON 360
The Norton 360 Multi-Device comes with an installation disc and license for five devices, which include Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. For installation on a PC, Norton recommends downloading the latest version of the installer rather than installing it from the included disc. This is a good practice as it ensures that you will get the latest and most up-to-date version of the security software. You will need to register with Norton to download the installer.
2. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER
Once installed, you will be welcomed by the Norton 360 control panel. Here, you are given a quick overview of the security status and options. You can also activate your Norton license here or try it out first, for 30 days.
The security option lets you scan your PC for viruses and malware, remove unwanted applications, and additionally, scan your Facebook page for dangerous links.
The Identity protection option protects you from phishing and scams. You can also create an Identity Safe here that functions as a vault for your personal information and passwords.
Backing up data off-site is a practice commonly forgotten. With Norton 360, you will be given 25GB of online backup for free. Additional storage space can be purchased at the details screen.
Norton 360 also comes with system upkeep tools that could improve your PC's performance. Cleaning up the hard drive of unneeded data, and optimizing it could improve its performance and give you extra space.
3. PROTECTING YOUR PORTABLE DEVICE
Scanning the QR code that comes with the Install disc with your Android or iOS device will take you to the Norton Mobile Security page. Here, you can register your copy of the software, as well as link additional devices to your account.
You can also download the Norton Security antivirus app from here. The link provided will take you straight to the app page on the Apple App Store if you are on an iOS device, or Google Play for Android devices.
Once downloaded, you will be welcomed by the User Licence Agreement screen and highlights of the Norton app.
When you first launch the app, it is recommended that you launch the Run LiveUpdate to ensure you have the latest patches for the app. Do note that a security software is only as good as its last update.
At the main screen, you will see the four main options for mobile security.
as the name implies, scans your device for unwanted software.
coupled with the Norton Mobile Security site, gives you full control of your device remotely (more on this later).
lets you store and retrieve your contacts on Norton servers, so you will never lose them even in the event of device theft.
protects you from malicious and fraudulent sites that could steal your information.
4. REMOTE ACCESS ANTI-THEFT SECURITY
With Norton 360 Multi-Device installed on your portable devices, you can be assured that there is still hope if your device is lost or stolen. Just log on to the Norton Mobile Security site and you will have full access to Norton's anti-theft measures on your registered devices.
Through Norton Mobile Security, you can lock your device and display a custom message, such as a phone number, so that you can be contacted and your device returned.
Whether you misplaced your device or if your device is stolen, Scream will sound an audible alarm even when the volume is muted.
Norton Mobile Security can also locate your device and show you where it was last detected. This is extremely useful, especially if you accidentally left your device in a bus or a taxi.
Sneak Peek lets you remotely take a picture using your device every ten minutes and with luck, exposes the identity of the thief and their exact location.
Worried that someone would rummage through the data on your device? Wipe lets you remotely erase all data from your device. This process cannot be undone.
Apps can be downloaded again and settings can be reconfigured, but contacts are difficult to recover once lost. With Backup, you can set your device to remotely make a copy of your contacts and save it online.
If your device is in an area with spotty coverage, Norton Mobile Security commands can still be activated via SMS.