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Review: Norton Security -- simpler and still a winner

Preston Gralla | July 21, 2015
Once upon a time, Symantec's brand of Norton security software had one of the most confusing lineups around -- products included Norton 360, Norton 360 Multi-Device, Norton Anti-Virus and Norton Internet Security. Trying to decide which product was the best for you -- not to mention the best priced -- was no picnic.

The App Advisor is extremely useful. It scans all of your apps and looks for potential issues, such as whether they're adware or will potentially invade your privacy. Tap the name of an app and it provides more information, such as "collects personal account details." From that same screen you can uninstall the app or tell Norton to trust it.

iOS

Norton's iOS protection is underwhelming. It has the usual anti-theft component for locating a lost iOS device on a map, remotely setting off a "scream" alarm and locking the device, and can also back up your contacts -- which is pretty much what any garden-variety iOS protection tool does. And that's all -- no malware scanning or other similar features. No checking apps for privacy invasions. No protection against Web threats. The interface is easy enough to use, but that's because the app itself does so little.

Dashboard

You won't be overwhelmed by Norton's Web-based dashboard. In fact, you may not use it at all. It shows you the devices on which you've got Norton installed and lets you install Norton on others. You'll also be able to manage the anti-theft features of your iOS and Android devices. But it gives you nothing else beyond that.

Bottom line

This is a fine security suite, offering a comprehensive set of tools in easy reach for protecting Windows systems, Macs, Android devices and to a lesser extent, iOS devices. The Windows software is particularly noteworthy because of the range of tune-up and maintenance tools.

If you want iOS anti-malware, you'll want to find a different app, because Norton doesn't include it. And don't expect much of a Web dashboard. But apart from that, Norton Security is about as good a security suite as you can get.

 

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