Advanced anti-virus software slick
Norton 360 Multi Device ($ 99.99)
It seems these days I can’t go far without some email landing in my inbox warning me how vulnerable my Android smartphone is from cyber nasties and I need protection. Enter Norton’s 360 Multi Device, which lets you install anti-virus software on up to five devices – including Android-platform devices – using the same licence key.
I installed Multi Device on three devices (a Windows 7 PC and two Android devices). Install was easy using the disc-based option and you can install to a smartphone or tablet using a provided QR code, which will take you to the Google Play store where you download the AV.
This process is a little more cumbersome, though – as you have to make sure you’re signed into a Google Play account at the time – but the mobile version lets you send an SMS (text) to lock your phone, locate your device or wipe its contents should it get stolen or you loose it. That’s handy. The yearly subscription also gives you 25Gb of online, or ‘‘cloud-based’’ storage, for system back-up storage.
Overall, the user interface in both the PC and mobile version is slick and unobtrusive, and works well, and advanced features mean you can make things as easy or as complicated as you want. I particularly liked the spam and phishing filter and you can set the software in both versions to do scans daily, weekly or monthly.
The system scanning on both PC and mobile was fast, and importantly, didn’t impact on system resources as some antivirus programs can do. A one-year licence will set you back $99.99.
I think AV software on a computer is a no-brainer, so I can recommend 360 Multi Device for that platform and the fact that you can install it onto four other devices is a bonus, but call me a sceptic, but I’m yet to be convinced I really need AV software for my Android smartphone, despite downloading plenty of apps on both phone and tablet. I’ll remain vigilant.