Norton 360 Version 6.0
For just $99.99AUD, Norton 360 Version 6.0
offers PC users total protection from a wide variety of both known and
yet to be discovered threats. This includes viruses, Spam and Trojans
from the traditional threat landscape to more modern attacks such as
identity theft, Bots and Malware. Add social network protection, regular
back-ups and PC tune-ups and this programs addresses a variety of
important facets of your computer without any compromise to performance.
- PC tune-up
- Automatic backup
- 2 GB of secured online storage
- Parental Controls Management
- Online identity protection
- Phishing protection
- Smart firewall
- Network mapping and monitoring
- Pulse updates
- Worm protection
- Rootkit protection
The flawless installation process
Another highlight of the program is that no
matter what your computer knowledge is, the installation of Norton 360
Version 6.0 is never a daunting process. The installation on your test
machine took under a minute and once installed on our PC, the program
proceeded to update itself to ensure that our system was protected. I'm
always surprised at how fast the installation is of the previous Norton
products and version 6 was no exception to this rule.
Easy to navigate interface
The interface of Norton 360 version 6.0 is
reminiscent of previous editions, however there are a few new changes to
the interface such as Norton Management.
Given that, some users will never need to enter the interface of Norton
360 as the software silently sits in the background of your PC,
protecting your PC and automatically updating the software to ensure
As you can see from the above screenshot, the program
is divided into four main categories that include PC Security, Identity,
Backup and PC Tune-up. If something is amiss, this will screen will
inform the user by changing the colour of the icon to red. The program
also offers two scans, a quick scan and a full scan.
A quick scan will scan only certain files
on your computer, whereas a full scan will scan every single file that
can be quite time consuming if you have a considerable amount of files.
However quick scan is generally more than enough and with its built-in
SONAR 4 behavioural protection heuristics, this will keep an eye on new
files that are not yet in the database.
Norton Quick Scan
As mentioned, another new aspect of the interface is Norton
Management which is a central hub for your Norton products and basically
allows you to manage installs, transfers, renews and even PC health of
all all your PC's. This is ideal for businesses or even families who may
have several PC's. Norton Management can be accessed anywhere in the
world. I accessed my home computers from work and it was quite easy to
get this data.
As mentioned, the software protects your
identity and through the Norton Identify Safe online vault, this stores
your login and banking details on the encrypted Norton Cloud. This
feature can even be expanded to non-banking sites such as Facebook and
other important logins such as work.
What I did like about the Identify
Safe of Norton was that you can log onto sites with just a click of the
mouse as your passwords are stored securely. This also protects you
against keyloggers. If you do come across a malicious website, Norton
360 will immediately warn you and will block the site thanks to Norton
Safe Web Browser Protection. This is also similar to dodgy links on
Facebook walls or e-mails.
The advanced settings of Norton 360
For those users who need to tweak the
software, the settings for software can be quite comprehensive as a
majority of facets can be modified or disabled. One of my favourite
features of version 6.0 is the new Bandwidth Management that limits when
the software updates itself.
For example, if you are accessing the
internet through a mobile network, the program will only download
critical updates so when you are back at your base, the program can then
use your office or home bandwidth. Definitely ideal to keep your usage
System Insight returns in version 6.0 which
not only gives you detailed information about your computer's CPU and
Memory but also a three month record of a wide gamut of Norton data such
installs, detects, alerts, quick scans and optimisations.
protecting your PC from security threats, the product contains a
powerful backup element which allows for both online and offline backups.
From USB sticks to blu-ray discs, there are a considerable amount of
choices. Add in
a disc optimisation program and this defrags your drives,
ensuring faster access to computer files. Add in PC Tune-up and your
computer should run as smooth as the day you received your new system by
removing clutter and checking start-up files.
Once again Norton by Symantec prove why
they are the leader of the packs in both internet security and pc
tune-up. Norton 360 provides total 360 protection from all facets of
cybercrime and offers comprehensive tools to keep your PC performance
top shape plus the inclusion scheduled back-ups. Add in 24x7 support, social network
protection and the new Norton Management and Bandwidth Management and
this software package is all you need to keep your computer safe and
Protection–detects and eliminates viruses, stops online
threats, defends against online identity theft and safeguards
your important stuff from loss.
- Norton Protection
System – provides four unique layers of powerful
protection that proactively stop online threats before they can
infect your computer.
- Insight –
checks where files came from and how long they've been around to
stop new online threats before they can cause you trouble.
- Download Insight 2.0–
protects you from dangerous applications before you install them
by telling you if they are harmful.
- Norton Safe Web–
warns you of potentially harmful websites and proactively blocks
unsafe sites right in your search results.*
- Automatic Backup
– 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.
- PC Tuneup:–
fine tunes key system settings, frees up memory and removes
unnecessary clutter from your computer’s hard drive to help keep
your PC running fast.
- Norton Management
– cloud-based management lets you download, install, transfer,
update or renew your Norton products from anywhere, right over
- Norton Identity Safe
– secures, remembers and automatically enters your user names
and passwords as you type. Now includes an online version, so
you can share logins with other computers that are protected by
the latest Norton products.
- Parental Controls
Management – lets you track your kids’ online
activities through Norton Online Family, so you can help protect
them from online dangers.
- Norton Bootable
Recovery Tool – creates an emergency CD/DVD/USB that
gets your PC back up and running even if it’s so infected that
it won’t start up.
- Web-Based Backup Access
– lets you download and share photos, videos and other stuff
you’ve backed up online, anytime, anywhere, through a
password-protected Web page only you can access.
- Network Threat
Protection – detects threats as they travel over a
network and eliminates them before they can reach your computer.
- Browser Protection
– proactively protects you by checking for and blocking online
threats as your browser loads, to stop online threats before
they can do damage.
- SONAR 4 Behavioral
Protection – monitors your computer for suspicious
behavior to more quickly and accurately detect new threats and
stop them in their tracks.
- Norton Safe Web for
Facebook – scans your News Feed for dangerous downloads
and links to unsafe websites, and warns you and your Facebook
friends about them.
- FREE 24x7 Support
– offers you expert help and answers by phone, email, live chat
or online whenever you need them.**
Protection – stops cybercriminals from sneaking threats
onto your PC through security holes (vulnerabilities) in
- Antiphishing Technology
– blocks dangerous websites that cybercriminals use to steal
your identity and your money.
- Bandwidth Management
– limits non-critical Norton updates when you connect to 3G
networks to avoid using up your monthly data allotment or
causing overage fees.
- Norton Pulse Updates
– updates your protection every 5 to 15 minutes—without
disrupting you—for up-to-the-minute protection against the
- Email and Instant
Message Monitoring – scans email and IMs for suspicious
links, attachments and other tricks cybercriminals use to steal
your identity and your money.
- Smart Two-Way Firewall
– prevents cybercriminals from hacking into your PC and stealing
your personal information—without constantly asking you to make
the security decisions.
Spam Blocking – keeps your mailbox free of unwanted,
dangerous and fraudulent emails.
- Network Mapping and
Monitoring – shows all the devices connected to your
home network, so you can spot uninvited guests using your
wireless connection and/or eavesdropping on you.
- Silent Mode –
puts alerts and noncritical updates on hold when you’re watching
movies or playing games in full-screen mode on your PC.
- Start-Up Manager
– helps reduce the time it takes your computer to start up.
- Smart Scheduler
– runs scans and updates only when you’re not using your PC.
- Monthly Report–
tells you what Norton 360 has done in the previous month to keep
you safe from threats.
- Power Saver Settings - settings
– maximizes your laptop’s battery life by putting off
noncritical activities until your computer is plugged in.