Norton 360 Multi-Device (2013) PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Installation 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Usefulness 9.0
Value 9.0
Distributor: Symantec
Review Date:
Feb 2013

9.0


Norton 360 Multi-Device (2013)

Norton 360 Multi-Device is a holistic approach to internet security that not just targets your PC or Mac but also your mobile devices and offers 1 year protection for up to 5-devices. In essence, it broadens what Norton 360 can do and opposed from just protecting your PC, it extends this protection to your mobile devices.

Features

  • Protects you, your PC, Mac, Android smartphone, and Android tablet against: viruses and other threats; dangerous downloads; phishing and malicious websites; identity theft; loss or theft of your Android smartphone or tablet

  • Stops online threats before they can reach your computer

  • Stays ahead of, detects, and eliminates threats that haven't been invented yet by watching your PC for suspicious activity

  • Fixes common computer problems, frees up memory, removes unnecessary files, and cleans up your hard drive

  • Cloud-based controls let you install, manage, fix, update, and renew Norton 360 Multi-Device on all of your devices over the Internet with a few simple clicks

With that said, Norton 360 Multi-Device supports both the iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android systems, however the protection for iOS devices is relatively non-existent. iOS devices from Apple are much harder to hack or steal information due to the constraints of Apple's iStore and Norton 360 Multi-Device only offers the ability to save your contacts from these devices or remotely find your devices on a map. In an ideal world, it would be great if all the Android features were available on the iOS.

However if you own an Android phone or tablet, Norton 360 Multi-Device does offer some great protection which includes protection from cybercriminals from stealing your data, access to all your Norton products via Cloud Management and the ability to use online banking safely. The identity theft protection is also supported on the PC, Mac and Android but not on the iOS platform unfortunately. Installation the app onto your Android devices is also quite easy and I noticed no slowdown whatsoever once it was installed.

The PC options are far more advance which includes the option of Parental Controls, PC Tuning and access to online backups. The PC version also protects you from various cyber threats such as viruses, Trojans, bots and websites that attempt to steal your data. For our full review on Norton 360, please check out our review here

Installing Norton 360 Multi-Device is a breeze on either platform and should you get stuck, Norton offer 24x7 support. We also had no issues on Windows 8. As mentioned, the program also offers a year subscription to Norton which ensures that all your devices have the latest updates and protection from various viruses and cyber threats. The PC and Mac programs in this suite offer a great firewall and some strong anti-virus technologies that not just protect you from viruses but also attachments, including social media and iChat.

With Android phones, Norton 360 Multi-Device offers some additional features apart from remote location of your device should it get stolen or lost.  These include remote wipe which erases the data on your device, a web based lost notice that messages your device asking the person who found it or stole it to return it to you, a call/text blocker which blocks people on your phone and a scream locator which forces your smart device to scream. This is actually an interesting feature because you can use it around the home or office it you accidentally misplace your device.

Final thoughts?

For just $99AUD, Norton 360 Multi-Device is must have protection for people who own both a PC and an Android device. If you own a Mac or an iOS smart device, I would probably pass on this program due to the limitations of what this package offers as it is more suited to the PC and Android systems or purchase the Mac version of Norton. However if you own both a PC system and Android smart device, than this is a must have security package.






 
 



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