Installation Media Computer Antivirus Software Norton 360 Version
New versions of Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security
appear in the fall each year, along with the majority of antivirus
and security suite tools. Not so Norton 360. The latest version,
Norton 360 Version 6.0 , is just out now. On the one hand, this
offset schedule means that Norton 360 users sometimes have to wait
a few months for features already present in the suite and
antivirus. On the other hand, Symantec gets an opportunity to
release even newer features without waiting a whole year.
The most obvious difference between Norton 360 and Norton Internet
Security is the user interface. Symantec has made it clear that
Norton 360 is aimed at the average user who just wants protection
while Norton Internet Security lets expert users dig deeper. In
truth, these days they're not so very different. If the added
backup and tuneup features found in Norton 360 appeal to you,
choose it over Norton Internet Security.
|PROS||Remote Management. Self-healing. Very good antivirus. Intelligent
firewall. Accurate antispam. Excellent antiphishing. Password
management and form-filling now portable, Web-accessible. 2GB
online backup; local backup too. Useful tuneup features.|
|CONS||Premier parental control features cost extra.|
|BOTTON LINE||Norton 360 Version 6.0 gives you all the same protective features
as Norton Internet Security 2012, with a friendlier face. You also
get flexible backup, including 2GB of online storage. Tuneup
features are also useful, especially the diagnostic report. This
full-featured suite is definitely a good choice.|
Malware can easily interfere with security installations that rely
on the standard Windows installer. Like other Norton products,
Norton 360 uses Symantec's "self-healing" installer. It can take
steps to counter malware that tries to block installation. Once
installed, if something goes wrong with the product it sends a
coded message to Symantec central and, in most cases, gets back a
script that will fix the problem automatically.
I've had occasions to see this feature in action. On one test
system, the installer ran a quick virus scan, requested a reboot,
and proceeded without incident. Another sent an error query and
apparently received a fix.
Collin Davis, Senior Director of Engineering for Symantec, called
this automated system "an opportunity to delight customers."
Because so many routine little problems are handled automatically,
said Davis, support agents have more time to spend with customers
whose problems go beyond the usual.
Norton Management, introduced with the 2012 Norton products,
expands on the existing Norton Account concept to allow management
of all your protected computers online. With the latest release
Norton 360 now connects to Norton Management as well.
From the Norton Management console you can manage licenses for all
your Norton products including Norton Internet Security, Norton
AntiVirus, Norton Anti-Theft, and Norton Mobile Security. You can
update licenses with new keys, uninstall products remotely (so as
to re-use the key), and even correct configuration problems
The features offered by Norton Management are similar to the online
management portion of McAfee All Access , except that you purchase
your licenses separately.