Review: Norton 360 Multi-Device

Norton 360 Multi-Device by Symantec is a popular anti-virus software and internet security solution launched in 2012; more commonly known as Norton 360 since ages.  This multi-device software product has the Norton 360 Premier Edition for PC, Norton Internet Security for Mac and Norton Mobile Security for Android, iOS devices combined into one cool pack. Norton 360 multi-device enables you to protect up to 5 devices for 1 year with a single license key.

Norton 360 dashboard

As significant upgrades ascend in the Operating System world, anti-viruses need a proper tune up too. With everyone willing to shift themselves to Microsoft’s new Windows 8 and internet being more frequently used from tablets and mobile devices, Norton is certainly not disappointing the consumer security world and are optimizing their suites to protect you on social network, provides protection against scams, safeguards your personal backup on its cloud, blocks annoying text messages on your phone, etc. Nowadays common internet buffs access internet through multiple devices, hence we decided to review the Nortion 360 Multi-Device security suite on  Windows 8 ultrabook, desktop PC using Windows 7, iPad and mobile phone running Android ICS (4.0).

Installation:
Norton 360 Premier for Windows/Mac can be installed directly from the CD provided or through Norton’s web interface and can be easily activated by entering the serial key. You need to register yourself and create a Norton account. Once the registration is complete, you can just login and activate it on other all the other variants i.e Norton Mobile Security for iOS, Android and also the Windows 8 App( Downloaded through the respected web stores and activated by entering the registered email address i.e by adding the device to your Norton account). The installation is pretty quick and took 2.10 mins on our ultrabook. Surprisingly it does not eat up much of your processing power as against other heavyweight antiviruses. Overall brisk and simple.

Features:

Symantec has updated and rebranded all its internet security suites to the 2013 version which comes with “five layers of patented protection” and also dropped the 2013 suffix from it. Talking about the look and feel, the interface is very different than what it used to be in Norton Internet Security 2012 and before. The Norton 360 premier is certainly inspired by Microsoft’s metro look and hence its redesigned to go with the Windows 8’s tile-based look and is touch friendly.

There are four large square tiles in the centre: Security, Identity, Backup and Tuneup. Under the security option, you can view any threats/reports, run scan, manage the firewall and run Notion Insight app. The Scan button offers scanning the computer, reputation scan (based on trust level of your applications) and scanning your Facebook Wall for spams.

Norton 360 scans

There are three Scan modes—Quick (scans commonly infected files and start-up programs), Full System Scan and Custom Scan. The Custom Scan mode allows scanning the entire drive, specified folders or files. The custom scan options are three levels deep from the main UI, but with checkboxes and drop-down menus, it’s quite straightforward and easy to use. The firewall settings help you guard your programs and also help you set web traffic rules.

Norton 360 home

The Identity section includes your private data that is stored in the encrypted form to be used on Internet sites for purchases and other purposes such as filling out private data, credit card numbers, etc. You also have an option to run a small toolbar inside your browser to protect you from phishing and other malpractices possible on the Internet. The SafeWeb feature inside the browser notifies you whenever you are on a malware infected site.

Automatic PC Backup option safely backs up your photos, music, financial documents and other important stuff to a disc, USB device or online to one of our secure data centers i.e Norton cloud storage. 25GB of cloud backup is included with the subscription which is enough to safely store all your important documents. Cloud-based management helps you download, install, transfer, update or renew your Norton products from anywhere, right over the Internet. There is a Live update feature to download latest updates.

Norton 360 PC tuneup

Another interesting feature is the PC tuneup which tunes key system settings, frees up memory and removes unnecessary clutter from your computer’s hard drive to help keep your PC running fast. This means that you no longer have to delete all the temporary internet files to free up space, Norton takes care of it.

Other features include a smart two-way firewall which prevents cybercriminals from hacking into your PC or Mac without constantly asking you to make security decisions. Antiphishing technology blocks dangerous websites that cybercriminals use to steal your identity and your money and Vulnerability protection stops cybercriminals from sneaking threats onto your devices through security holes (vulnerabilities) in applications. If you are on Mac and an iChat addict, then Nortion 360 Premier for Mac scans all the attachments on iChat automatically and helps you have a secure chat always.

Norton’s 2013 products are also fully certified with Windows 8 and the promise of better performance on multi-core CPUs. This includes integration with Windows 8’s Early Launch of Anti-Malware (ELAM) technology that permits security software to be up and running much earlier in the boot process than was the case with Windows 7, and which helps nullify certain rootkits. Also implemented is a new memory heap manager which aids in blocking and minimising the dangers from memory exploits. Norton’s new Windows 8 apps are now available in the Windows 8 store and worth exploring.

The feature which impressed us is the Norton Management web portal. It helps you keep track of all the devices which are registered under your Norton account and also help you view the monthly security report. Concluding with this power pack experience, this suite is more than just a pretty face and its security components are the best in class.

Norton Mobile Security:

Symantec lately released Norton Mobile Security for all Android and iOS devices. Mobile security is an important issue in today’s world as we use our smartphones and tablets to access almost everything which we used to do from our PC or Mac. Hence mobile devices are seen as open treasures of personal information which can be easily hacked into. Thus its a necessity nowadays to secure your mobile device from theft, sending spam texts, and taking control of your mobile device remotely. Norton mobile security which is included in Norton 360 multi-device pack enables you to remotely lock, track and locate your smartphone or tablet, so you can protect your contacts, emails, photos and other important files, and even get your device back if it’s ever lost or stolen.

Norton 360 iPad

The Norton Mobile Security for Android and iOS could also be installed with the same key that comes in the Multi-Device software. Some of the important features include Data Backup, Anti-theft, Call and SMS blocker, “Scream” alarm locator, remote lock and wipe, etc. The Anti-Malware feature detects each app that are installed along with normal SD scans.

Norton 360 Anti-theft

The biggest fear of any mobile device owner is its theft or accidental loss. Hence Norton awed everyone by coming out with a feature known as Remote locate which shows you the location of your smartphone or tablet via Web or SMS, so you can find it if it’s lost or stolen. Also the “Scream” feature  lets you send a text to your missing smartphone that sets off a “scream,” so you can find it fast. With the web UI you can lock the device remotely, show location of the device in a map, view sneak peek of the device with the device’s camera, wipe the contents of the device and send SMS commands, Awesome right?

Price:
The Norton 360 Multi-Device  is priced at Rs. 2,999 for 3 devices and Rs. 4,189 for 5 devices for 1 year protection.

Conclusion:
The Norton 360 Multi-Device offers complete protection for PC, Mac, Android and iOS. The advanced malware protection technologies and the remote Anti-Theft feature is certainly worth the big bucks. But all these features will dig a hole in your pocket and thus its a product for premium buyers. We give this internet security suite a 4/5 rating and term it one of the best in class. Get the Norton 360 now from Norton online store.

Pros:

  • Anti-Theft and Remote Locate features for Mobile Security
  • Doesn’t slow down the PC
  • Secure cloud backup and tune-up

Cons:

  • Retail price
  • Naive iOS and Windows 8 app