Norton Internet Security 2011
continue their golden run with their Internet Security products and
Norton Internet Security 2011 (NIS2011) cements this further with a
variety of new features such as reputation scans, performance alerting
and my favourite, the protection map. Installation is once again
lighting fast and in just under a few minutes, the installation was
completed and we were greeted to the new 2011 interface that was quite
slick and relatively very easy to use.
- Reputation Based
Security instantly checks when and where programs originated
to identify and stop new malicious programs faster than ever.
Nortonís reputation system also allows users to determine if
their overall download behavior is more or less risky compared
to the 58 million Norton Community Watch members today.
- System Insight
2.0 with new Proactive Performance Alerts monitors all
running applications, and now proactively alerts users if any
program is overusing system resources and slowing them down so
they can make changes to improve computer performance.
- Download Insight
2.0 delivers the most aggressive reputation-based protection
yet, checking every downloaded file for safety before it is
allowed to run.
- SONAR 3
brings a new level of behavioral security to Norton 2011,
providing true "zero-day" protection against new and emerging
threats that are specifically designed to evade other security
features. With its improved classification techniques, SONAR 3
identifies suspicious software based on its behaviors and
automatically handles any decision making on behalf of the user.
- Norton Bootable
Recovery Tool conveniently allows Norton users to boot a PC
into a safe state when a system is so deeply infected with a
rootkit or other troublesome malware that installing security
software or even properly starting up becomes impossible. New
this year, the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool wizard
automatically creates a CD/DVD/USB bootable device in a quick
and easy way.
does this product protect your from traditional threats, it also goes
beyond by providing protection from websites that use keyword stuffing
and dodgy applications via FaceBook. It's good to see that Symantec are
keeping up with not only the new threat landscape but new forms of
internet use such as social media and of course, identity theft.
In terms of
continues to be done while the computer is idle and whether this is 5
minutes or 60 minutes of idle time, it does not impede the user at all.
Updates are also done while the computer is idle, however the user does
have the option of forcing NIS2011 to scan or check for updates if
But from our
experience, itís better and easier to let NIS2011 do all the work and to
ensure that the program is running correctly, it will display a logo at
the bottom of your task bar and if something should go awry, it will
warn you. Another positive feature is that if NIS2011 does discover a
problem like malware or an external threat, it will take care of the
problem without directly informing the user. This is perfect for novice
users who already have enough on their plate if they are a little weary
of their PC.
Even for a
professional user such as myself, I really donít need to be bothered and
this works quite well but if you require more information, this is also
available via the accessible menu system. This is the type of protection
that users want and when installed, NIS2011 will be silently monitoring
any internet threats which is quite proactive if it does find a threat.
Logs are also available if required. After using this product for
several weeks now, Symantec continue to be heading in the right
direction and I could not fault this product.
continues to adapt with the changing threat landscape and even though
the program protects against traditional threats such as viruses or
Trojan Horses, Malware and Identity Theft plays a bigger part of online
dangers. Thanks to the Norton Community which includes thousands upon
thousands of userís world wide, it uses reputation technology that tags
ďsafeĒ files and websites.
is found nefarious, it does not take long before other members are
informed and this technology is far more beneficial than traditional
internet security techniques. As this reputation base for both
downloadable content and websites is monitored on a regular basis and as
an example, not all websites will be flagged as a risk indefinitely via
Norton Safe Web. Impulse Gamer was attacked and breached with malware
about a year ago and Norton did mark us as a risk, however once we
discovered the threat and fixed it, we were back on the safe list. This
is definitely a great feature.
security, NIS2011 features some great new tools to benefit the user such
as Norton Power Eraser. This free tool that is loosely integrated into
NIS2011 is ideal for removing certain viruses or threats to your
computer that have comprised your Operating System which may not allow
your PC to boot or prevent NIS2011 from doing its job. By running this
tool, this will attempt to clean-up the issues that your PC may be
facing and Iíve spoken to some colleagues who needed to use this on
their friends PCís and it done a remarkable job. Another tool that
NIS2011 boasts is the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool that allows users to
create a bootable rescue CD to help restore your operating system should
it be struck down by something like a virus or Malware issue.
also revamped their monitoring software of CPU, Memory and applications
used on your PC. This gives the user a detailed summary of how much
memory is being used, including how much is used by NIS2011 and once
again, itís on the low scale. Other options include a real-time summary
about the Norton Community Database, access to OnlineFamily.Norton and a
map of your region (Protection Map), informing the user of where threats
have been located. Identify Safe is still incorporated into the product
which assists in preventing your identity or details from being stolen
and is a great password manager as well. As with older versions, the
program features an extremely sturdy firewall and has some great spam
options for e-mails.
In the end,
we've just briefly touched some of the great features of Norton Internet
Security 2011 that we could happily recommend to both novice and
professional users. This is definitely a must have in this world of
cybercrime and apart from the one year of updates, it also offers some
of the best support available. Definitely a must have software accessory
for your PC!