In recent times, cyber-security has become a major concern for many users, and the list of connected devices is no longer limited to just personal computers. Our smartphones, tablets, even smartwatches are all devices we need to keep safe, given the amount of personal information that is stored on these.
Frankly, the number of cyber threats these days have gone far beyond just viruses, trojans and malware. There are also concerns about child safety, password protection, and safe browsing online. Norton 360 is one such product that claims to provide security around many of these risks. I tried the Norton 360 Premium version on my Mac and an Android phone, and here’s what I learnt.
Norton 360: What’s the cost, benefits offered and devices supported?
The standard version, which costs Rs 1,199 per year will come with protection for one device, up to 10 GB of cloud backup for your PC and a secure VPN. The Norton 360 Deluxe will cost Rs 3,499 a year, and includes protection for five devices, up to 75GB of PC cloud backup, parental control and VPN.
The most expensive is the Norton 360 Premium, which costs Rs 5,199 for a year, with protection extended to 10 devices, 100GB of PC cloud backup, parental control and VPN. All of the Norton 360 editions come with a password manager.
The software will work on Windows 10, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. There’s also a PC SafeCam feature to prevent unauthorised applications from accessing your webcam. I kept searching for this feature on my Mac, only to realise it only works with Windows 10 PCs.
Norton 360: Installing across devices
It has been a while since I used an antivirus on any device. I was much more diligent regarding antivirus programmes when I was on Windows, but not so much using my MacBook Air. But with Norton 360, the benefits actually extend beyond just being an antivirus program, so I was intrigued.
Installing the product was pretty simple, and you will need to enter the product key in order to activate it. For features like the Norton Safe Web and the Password manager you will have to install a separate app from either the Mac Store or Google Play Store or App Store. I installed the Norton 360 on my Mac first, and then sent a link to the Android phone for setting it up there.
When you install the Norton Safe Web and Password manager app on the Mac, you will need to enable extensions for both on Safari. One issue that kept happening was that the Norton Safe Web kept saying both extensions were disabled, even though I had enabled them. The issue was repeated several times and I’m not sure what caused this. On the Android phone, you can install the Norton Mobile Security app, but for VPN and Password manager separate apps are needed.
Norton 360: What does it do
Like any other antivirus, you can run your daily scans to make sure your device is protected. This is especially useful and recommended if you are using a device that regularly goes online via a lot of public networks. But you will need constant internet connectivity for this. The Android app will also scan apps as download them from Google Play Store and scan for any malware.
With my Mac, it would warn me every time even my iPhone was trying to connect with the device. I would get a prompt asking if I approved of the connection. If you see an unknown PC or device trying to connect with your device, you can choose to block the connection as Norton will warn you.
The Safe Web feature will be useful for those who are happy to click every single link they receive, given it will check and highlight if the website is suspicious. In Android, the Safe Search feature is part of the main app and helps avoid sites with malware, phishing sites, etc, but I’m not sure how many people will use this, given most of us prefer to browse straight from the Google app.
The password manager will require you to create a password for the vault, and you can keep your passwords, logins, safe in here. Just make sure you don’t forget the vault password. This will be useful if you don’t wish to store passwords in your web browser and have not gotten a separate password manager app as yet.
Norton 360: Should you get it?
If you are looking for a product that combines antivirus protection with other features such as parental control, free cloud storage space, password manager along with VPN, the Norton 360 does not really seem that expensive. It is a comprehensive package and does not require you to get access to different services and subscriptions, and that’s what might make it appealing to a lot of users.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines