Norton AntiVirus was originally released in 1991 and home computers
were starting to make the transition into homes during this era and if you were
lucky, you may have owned a bulky personal computer. 20 years later
and technology is even more integrated into our lives as not only do
we own computers but we also own other devices capable of accessing
the internet from Smart Phones to tablets and even refrigerators.
longer is the average home just limited to one PC but rather, most modern
Western homes have a plethora of technological devices and
unfortunately the tentacles of the ever changing threat landscape
now reach these devices. From stealing personal information to
infecting your PC, threats are now a common part of the internet.
Fortunately this is where Norton 360 Everywhere from Symantec comes
into play which offers easy protection of up to 5 devices for
that a recent survey of American Households state that the average
number of internet enabled devices in homes is 4.8, Norton 360
Everywhere seems to cover the average quite well.
For just $149.99AUD (June 2012), Norton Everywhere not only offers
one license key to protect five devices such as your PC, Mac, Android
Smartphone's and Tablets but it also offers 25GB of online storage, free
24x7 support and even a 60-day money-back guarantee should this
product not live up to its expectations. Thankfully this is
definitely not the case with Norton 360 Everywhere and we tested
this product on a PC, Mac and an Android Smartphone.
Interestingly enough if you own an Apple iPhone or iPad, security is a little
more challenging for cybercriminals but this is not to say that
these devices are 100% failsafe. It's actually far from it,
especially with some third party apps that can access your personal
information. Nonetheless, let's have a look at the features of
Norton 360 Everywhere;
Norton 360 Everywhere Features
Multi-device security lets you mix
and match protection.
Lets you mix and match protection
for any combination of PCs, Macs or Android mobile devices.
Defends against viruses, spam and
spyware, and protects you from online identity theft.
Includes tracking and recovery for
lost or stolen Android mobile devices.
Automatic PC backup to safeguard
all the important stuff on your PC.
Safeguards your music, photos and
other important stuff you keep on your PC.
Flexible cloud management from a
single Web-based interface.
essence, Norton 360 Everywhere is a multiplatform security suite
that allows the user to mix and match their technological devices
with appropriate protection. This product bundles together Norton
360 Premier, Norton Internet Security of Mac and Norton Mobile
Security for Android devices.
Norton 360 Premier
Norton 360 offers a wide gamut of tools that not only
stops traditional threats such as viruses and Trojan horses but also
prevents other threats such as identity theft and bots. Add in back-up
features, pc tune-ups, recovery tools, browser protection and this
is only scrapping the surface of this powerful program. Our full review of
Norton 360 can be found here which we scored an impressive
Norton 360 Premier Features
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Norton Internet Security for Mac
you own a Mac, Norton 360 Everywhere will install Norton Internet
Security for Mac on your Apple computer which features all the
strong protection of the PC version but targets the Apple O/S
directly. With a relatively straight forward interface, NIS for Mac
ensures that all facets of your protection, including web surfing
and identity are kept safe.
This also includes two-way firewalls, local awareness technologies
which adjusts your protection where you are (e.g. home, airport or
other internet hotspot) plus traditional AntiVirus protection. Like
the PC version, the Mac suite silently runs in the background and
monitors a variety of Apple chat programs to prevent unauthorised users from
stealing your personal information.
must admit that compared to the PC version of Norton Internet
Security, the Mac version features a similar yet user friendly
layout and installation is just as easy. The only drawback for the
Mac is that Norton Internet Security for Mac does not offer online
storage nor a parental control facet which we would recommend to
families. Nonetheless, the programs does what it should, protect
your Apple computer and keeps protecting it for up to 12 months.
Norton Internet Security for Mac
- Norton Safe Web:
Proactively protects you while you surf the Web by
warning you of and blocking unsafe and fake websites right in
your search results. (Mac OS® X 10.7 only)
Technology: Blocks fraudulent phishing websites created
to steal your identity and your money.
- Smart Two-Way Firewall:
Prevents cybercriminals from hacking into your Mac®, stealing
your personal information and messing with your stuff.
- Location Awareness:
Lets you adjust your level of protection depending upon where
you’re using your Mac® (at home, the office, the local coffee
shop, on the road).
Protection: Updates daily to stop cybercriminals from
using vulnerabilities in applications and other software to
sneak threats onto your computer.
- AntiVirus Protection:
Protects your Mac®, iPhoto® pictures, iTunes® media, iMovie®
projects and all your important stuff from viruses, spyware and
other threats without slowing down your computer.
- Confidential File
Guard: Password protects your stuff to keep it safe
from prying eyes.
- Daily Protection
Updates: Runs in the background to protect your
Mac®—and your stuff—from new, late-breaking threats.
- Email and Instant
Message Monitoring: Scans MobileMe®, iChat® and other
IMs for suspicious attachments and other tricks used to steal
your identity and your hard-earned money.
- FREE 24x7 Support:
Symantec provides free 24/7 email, chat and phone support for a
period of one year from initial product installation.*
- Protection options for
Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.7: Includes both Norton™ Internet
Security 5 for Mac® (for Mac OS® X v10.7) and Norton™ Internet
Security 4 for Mac® (for Mac OS X 10.4.11–10.6 running on Intel®
and PowerPC-based Macs)
Now that our PC and Mac are protected,
the next step was for our Android Smartphone. Simply by downloading
the App on your phone, this installs Norton Mobile Security which
monitors the websites you visit from nefarious cyber criminals who
may use tactics such as Malware.
also allows you to shop online without the threat of your banking
details from being stolen. We loved the ability to block "spam text"
SMS and calls from your phone with a simply setting option. Another
useful aspect of this app is the SMS Anti-Theft technologies
employed by the program. If your phone does get stolen, you can
simply log onto any computer around the world and perform a variety
of options on your Smartphone from Remote Locate, Sim Card Lock and
Remote Wipe. Our full review of Norton Mobile Security can be found
A great thing about all three software
programs/apps is that depending on your PC, Mac or Smartphone
configuration, there is absolutely no slowdown when you have these
Norton Mobile Security Features
- Remote Locate
- Shows you the location of your phone via Web or SMS, so you
can find it if it’s lost or stolen.
- Remote Lock -
Lets you remotely lock your lost or stolen phone via Web or SMS
to prevent strangers from seeing your private stuff or running
up your mobile bill.
- Remote Wipe -
Lets you remotely erase the stuff on your phone via SMS if it’s
lost or stolen, including any data on your phone’s memory card.
- Web-based Lost Notice
- Displays a customizable message to anyone who finds your
missing device, so you can make arrangements to get it back.
- Web-based Sneak Peek
- Snaps photos of anyone in front of your device then saves the
images. (Webcam devices only.)
- Call & Text Blocker
- Lets you block calls and text messages from specific people or
- Buddy List -
Lets you identify certain trusted contacts (friends or family)
who can send an unlock code to your phone.
- Antiphishing Web
Protection - Blocks fraudulent (phishing) websites.
Protects your device and your stuff on mobile networks and Wi-Fi
connections, without slowdowns or interruptions.
- Download Threat
Protection - Automatically scans all the apps and app
updates you download to your mobile device for threats.
- Norton Community Watch
- Collects information volunteered by millions of Norton users
to spot new threats faster, identify safe files, and provide
stronger, more efficient protection.
- “Scream” Locator
- Lets you send a text to your missing phone that sets off a
“Scream”, so you can find it fast.
At the end of the day, Norton 360
Everywhere targets both business and home users who have access
to a plethora of technological devices. Considering that most of
these devices have some form of personal information on them, it's
definitely an idea to ensure that they are protected in one form or
another. One downside is that if you have 6 devices, you will
unfortunately need to purchase another license as there is no option
to purchase additional licenses for this product.
However this product is not for everyone but if you own multiple
devices, this is one product that you should investigate. It should
be noted that to purchase these programs separately, a user would be
up for $259.97AUD (Norton 360 Premier - $149 + Norton Internet
Security for Mac $79.99 + Norton Mobile Security 29.99), so the
program is not only a huge saving but definitely gives you 360
protection of your internet enabled devices.