Norton Security is an antivirus solution you can install on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS (only against theft).
With Norton Security you get among others the following features:
- Secures against viruses, malware, spyware and phishing attacks online.
- Keeps your privacy protected while surfing the internet.
- Blocks malicious websites so you do not fall into traps online.
- Analyzes all your downloads for potentially harmful content.
- For mobile and tablet version, gives you remote control and GEO localization.
Norton Security combines excellent protection against viruses and malware with a user-friendly interface. The antivirus technology in Norton Security is well-recognized and consistently ranks in the top 5 in various, independent tests. When virus scans are performed then system performance is slightly decreased, but they are otherwise run hidden in the background of Windows without disturbing your work.
Antivirus protection is on top
When Norton Security runs a virus scan, every nook and cranny of your computer gets analyzed - where also a behavioural analysis of unknown codes that Norton calls SONAR, short for Symantec Online Network Response (Symantec is the manufacturer of Norton products), is performed. You can activate the "Community Watch" feature which continuously gathers data about new threats and sends out daily, and often hourly, updates to all Norton subscribers. You can choose to be part of the Community Watch via installation of Norton Security.
Advanced defence against malware
Norton Security enables an advanced defence against malware that may not exist in older versions of Microsoft Windows, such as Structural Exception Handler Overwrite Prevention (SEHOP) and address space layout randomization (ASLR) and also prevents disabling the Java Security Manager. It may sound quite incomprehensible to most computer users, and these are not aspects that you should concern yourself with in the everyday use of your computer - it is just an added sense of security that you gain by having Norton Security installed.
Email and browser protection
Norton Security marks suspicious email messages that are suspected of containing dangerous links (phishing attempts and referrals to malicious sites), and if there is a very high probability of unreliable spam emails, then these emails are placed directly into the "Spam" folder in your email client. Norton's anti-spam module filters incoming email messages and adds "(Norton Antispam)" to the subject line of these messages. If you use Microsoft Outlook, the program automatically redirects these messages to the "Spam/Junk" folder. Those who use a different email client have to create a message rule for placing spam emails in the right folder.
In addition, Norton also has a browser protection feature that helps secure the browsers Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox against malicious code, like for example trying to take control of your browser and download malicious programs or even malware without your knowledge. Norton Security, however, lacks Bitdefender products' ability to proactively protect data against an attack from encrypting ransom demanders (also called ransomware), or Trend Micro products' function to back up files that are being threatened by ransomware threats.
Performance optimization in a simple way
Norton Security has an entire performance section with several utilities, such as a program for disk fragmentation, a function for cleaning up temporary files in Windows and a "Startup Manager", which proposes "delaying" certain programs in order to start up your computer faster. There is a nice graph-section showing processor statistics and information about your computer's disk and network. The section also displays lists of file downloads, installations, optimizations and other significant events on your computer.
About your subscription
Please be aware that the renewal of the product waives any time remaining on your current subscription. Therefore, you must wait to activate the new license just before the expiration date. Does not work with Windows Phone. It is however only security against theft which you get for your iOS devices. We recommend NOT to buy the product if it is only to be used on iOS.
- Product: Norton Security Standard
- Media: Electronic Software Download
- Operating system: Windows, Macintosh, Android, iOS
- Languages: English
Minimum operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10
- Intel or AMD processor
- 256 MB RAM
- 1,5 GB available free hard disk space
Minimum operating systems: current Mac OS X + the two previous editions are supported
- Intel or AMD processor
- 128 MB RAM
- 10 MB available free hard disk space
Android: version 2.3 and newer
iOS: version 7.0 and newer
Supported browsers: Firefox, Chrome, and Safari