In recent years, Symantec has received
some mixed criticism regarding their internet security suites, hence
the merry-go-round reviews available on the internet. Without
dwelling on the criticisms of the past, it is important to
understand some of the basics in order to appreciate Symantec's
latest endeavor with Norton Internet Security 2009.
Internet worm protection
OS and application protection
Web site authentication
SONAR™ behavioral protection
Parental Controls & confidential
Some of the biggest criticisms of the
previous versions included a tedious installation process, slow
scanning and heavy resource use (e.g. memory and hard drive space).
Although more modern PC's had little difficulty in running the
previous programs, those with existing installations or older PC's
did have some problems. Then again, this was not everyone so as you
can see... there was no common ground.
Fortunately, this is all water under
the bridge now as Symantec have created a new benchmark when it
comes to Internet Security. In consultation with the wider
community, Symantec have redesigned their internet security suite
from the ground up which addresses a wide variety of previous
and unlike its predecessors, the current version is super fast in
all aspects. Installation... scanning... lightning quick!
As you can see from the above "Key
Technologies", NIS2009 is still your one stop shop for internet
security and protection. Apart from the speed of the program, the
other additions include new rapid pulse updates which means updates
are no longer subjective to larger time frames and downloads, that is, the program
now updates in increments, ensuring less bandwidth usage and quicker
updates. The checks of updates occurs every few minutes though,
however this does not effect your download speed, unless of course
you're cursed with a non ADSL-modem.
The installation of Norton Internet Security 2009 has been revamped
and no longer uses the standard Microsoft Windows installer, rather
the program uses Symantec's new patented software technology which
tremendously reduces installation time.
With that said, the installation of
Norton Internet Security 2009 took around 1 minute to successfully
install on our test machine. That's right, on a fresh machine or a
machine with no existing Symantec security products, the
installation is super quick. To be fair, we also tested the software
on a machine that was already running Norton 360 and the
installation took around 10 minutes to successfully install which
included the removal of the program and a reboot.
Needless to say, this is a huge
improvement over previous versions and even those "other" Internet
Security software by other companies. It doesn't end there either as
the program only uses a fraction of your computer's memory which means
the program is considerably less resource hungry. Another
interesting feature is that the un-installation of NIS2009 leaves
behind virtually no files, only the licensing details.
The program also
contains a CPU and memory usage monitor that displays how much
memory NIS2009 is using and also how much CPU usage which is quite
small. Although an avid supporter of Norton 360, it did slow the
boot up speed of your PC, however Norton Internet
Security 2009 dramatically reduces boot time which is good in my books.
The interface has received a new slim
line makeover that is quite simplistic and easy to use, however
those users who still wish to tweak the program will be pleased to
know that this can be done.
With the "Symantec" globe logo at the top of the program with a
green tick at the bottom indicates that your system is secure and easily
allows you to identify that everything is working well.
To bottom of interface is the CPU and memory
graphs and to the right are the options to scan your computer or
adjust protection settings with internet and identity settings
directly below. Lastly up the top, you have access to "Leave
Feedback", "Norton Account" and "Help & Support" with your
subscription days remaining at the bottom. The Home Network view is
also great for mapping out your system and highlighting any issues that
threaten the integrity of your system.
Identity Safe also makes a welcome addition to software that is
great for protecting your identity online and is ideal for buying
online, using internet banking and even gaming. Just browsing the
key benefits below displays the powerful protection of this software
suite from both known and unknown threats.
Proven fastest, lightest security
suite available—Spend more time using your computer and less
time waiting for your security software to perform.
Pulse updates for up-to-the-minute
protection—Delivered every 5 to 15 minutes to detect and
eliminate new threats. NEW
Intelligence-driven for faster,
fewer, shorter scans—By leveraging a unique online intelligence
system, Norton™ Insight technology targets only those files at
Stops viruses, worms, spyware,
bots, and more—Keeps your system protected against all types of
Prevents virus-infected emails and
instant messages from spreading—Feel secure while you keep in
Blocks browser exploits and
protects against infected Web sites—Surf the Internet with
Blocks online identity theft—Buy,
bank, and browse online wherever and whenever you want. IMPROVED
Secure network connections—Monitor
your home network and more safely connect to Wi-fis. IMPROVED
Blocks threats and hackers—Two-way
firewall automatically makes security decisions for you.
Scanning your software has been
considerably improved thanks to Symantec's Norton Insight which only
scans certain files. It's basically a list of system files which
if matched to the list of secure files will ignore and in turn
creates considerable faster scanning times. The data from Norton
Insight is collected from millions of Norton Community members which
in turn matches these files with other "trusted" users.
In relation to scanning,
the program has as new "Control without disruptions" that performs
its scanning while you are away from your computer and once you
return, it pauses.
At a meeting with Symantec, they best
described this feature as a cleaner who only cleans while you are
gone, however when you arrive, they disappear. The system also
detects if you are watching movies or playing games online, ensuring
As the threat landscape changes for the
PC, Symantec are definitely keeping up with security and NIS2009 has
a variety of new features to prevent any breaches of your system
security whether it's surfing the net, reading e-mails or buying
items from eBay. As bots become more volatile on the internet,
NIS2009 will protect your system in collaboration with SONAR
(Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) and also the innate
capabilities of the program.
Should something happen to your system,
NIS2009 also allows you to download a special recovery tool which
will allow you to repair your system should a doomsday scenario
occur and it's always better to be prepared so it's a valuable tool
to have. Definitely worth the download.
In conclusion Norton Internet Security
2009 is a huge improvement over previous Symantec internet security
software and even
competitors as it's definitely one of the fastest and most user
friendly programs available. Symantec's "new" less intrusive
software package is ideal for users who don't want to be informed by
something that they have paid for and only want their system
protected. Consider it like your guardian
angel, silently watching over your computer.
Engineered for Speed
New! Proven fastest, lightest security suite available
New! Intelligence-driven Norton™ Insight technology targets only
those files at risk for faster, fewer, shorter scans
New! Installs in under one minute on average, requires less than
10 MB of memory, and only 100 MB of disk space plus definitions
New! Delivers up-to-the-minute protection with rapid pulse
updates every 5 to 15 minutes.*
New! The Norton™ Protection System provides multilayered
protection technologies that work in concert to stop threats
before they impact you. †
New! Real-time SONAR (Symantec™ Online Network for Advanced
Response) helps prevent bots from taking control of your PC.
Improved! Prevents threats from entering or leaving your
Detects and automatically removes online threats.
Improved! Defends against Web-based attacks with patent-pending
Automatically detects and removes spyware, viruses, Trojans,
bots and Internet worms
New! Boots and repairs badly infected PCs.
New! Specialized deep-cleaning technology delivers our most
complete scan possible to repair heavily infected computers.
Norton Identity Safe
Improved! Keeps your online identity safer than ever when you
buy, bank, browse, and game online.
Advanced phishing protection keeps your personal identification
out of the hands of fraudulent Web sites.
Stores and encrypts your passwords and other confidential data.
Improved! Fills in online forms at your request to save time and
protect you from keystroke loggers.
Control without disruptions
Puts every element of your security at your fingertips
New! Schedules resource intensive tasks for when you’re not
using your PC.
New! Review the security status of every process on your PC.
New! Silent mode suspends alerts and updates to avoid
interrupting or slowing games and movies.
Smart two-way firewall automatically makes security decisions
Improved! Helps you secure your home network.
Conceals and secures your PC on public Wi-Fi networks.
New! Create individual user profiles with enhanced parental
Filters spam better than ever.
Free Technical Support
New! Free tech support delivers the help you need, however you