Norton Internet Security 2013
Welcome to another release of Norton
Internet Security with the 2013 edition and getting straight to the
point... it's great! Symantec have another winner on their hands to
offer PC users total protection of not just their system but also their
the uninitiated, Norton Internet Security 2013 is a holistic security
program for your PC that not only protects your PC and identity but
ensures that your system is running smooth through its diagnostic tools.
standard version of Norton Internet Security 2013 allows you to install
this program on up to 3 PC's which is ideal for homes or small business.
More importantly, this release coincides with Windows 8 and works
perfectly with the touch screen capabilities of this operating system.
Nothing is more fun than swiping your way through the menus.
5 patented layers of
Live 24x7 threat monitoring
identity theft protection
Network mapping and
Worm and rootkit
Installation on both our Windows 8 and Windows 7 systems automatically
installed the software once the CD was detected. The only time-consuming
aspect of the installation was entering in the extremely long serial
number which actually took longer than the installation process. A
downloadable version is also available via the Symantec website and
should you become stuck, the software comes with 24x7 support. It should
also be noted that this program will give the user 1-year subscription
to updates and protection.
installed, the software then proceeded to update itself via the
Liveupdate feature of Norton. When the installation was finished, we
were treated to the familiar interface of Norton Internet Security which
has been streamlined for touch screens. There are advanced features but
once again, the out of the box settings are the way to go.
everything is "green", this means that your system is safe. Should that
colour change to red, you definitely have something wrong but
fortunately this is something we have never seen. With that said, the
idea of Norton Internet Security 2013 is to protect your system from the
ever changing and diverse threat landscape which may include viruses,
malware, key loggers, root kits and a variety of other cyber nasties.
our tests, Norton Internet Security 2013 successfully blocked all our
attempts to infect our test system. Even independent testers scored
Norton Internet Security 2013 quite high when it came to protecting your
system. Whether it was spam e-mails, keyloggers or nefarious programs
that affected booting, NIS2013 stopped them dead in their tracks.
Firewall, performance and tune-up!
The product does come with an inbuilt firewall and even a network map
which allows you to check other Norton installations on your network.
The beauty of the firewall is that NIS 2013 does all the work for you,
so you won't get annoying messages of some computer in the US or
Bulgaria trying to access your computer.
browsing the web, NIS 2013 comes with Norton Safe Web which basically
monitors websites that you visit and even your facebook wall. Parents
will also be pleased that this program still comes with a Parental
it came to system performance, there was no noticeable difference with
the program installed on Windows 8, however on our Windows 7 system,
there was a slight (only a few seconds) of additional delay during boot.
In essence, it's a moot point.
terms of PC-tuning, the program supports the ability of running a
performance scan on your system which displays resource use in terms of
memory and even the reputation of programs installed on your system. I
also like the ability to check your start-up programs and I was
surprised to see a number of programs that slowed our system down and in
essence, did not need to be booted upon start-up.
limiting some of these programs in Windows 7, there was an improved
speed performance on this system. Windows 8 however was already booting
up at far superior speeds so no tweaking was necessary.
unthinkable happens and somehow your system does get infected, NIS 2013
comes with all the tools to support the user in recovering their system
such as Norton Power Eraser and the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool.
However thanks to the SONAR technology used by this program, it should
detect any nefarious activities on your PC before they become a problem
and these drastic measures are needed!
In the end, Norton Internet Security 2013 is another must have program
from Symantec that offers some of the best real-world protection
available. With 24x7 support and a wealth of features, there's no excuse
in not having your system protected.
again, Impulse Gamer award Norton Internet Security 2013 with our
Editor's Choice Award!