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NORTON INTERNET SECURITY 2012
Test Center | 27 December 2011
For : Strong firewall, accurate anti spam tool, helps you manage other Norton products with ease.
Against : The SONAR 4.0 feature could be a bit more refined.
NORTON INTERNET SECURITY 2012
Verdict: A complete package that offers robust tools to help u protect your PC.
(1 year of protection for 3 PCs)
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7; RAM: 256 MB; Drive space: 300 MB.
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Your data today is more vulnerable to threats, more so because it tends to be scattered across the cloud. Although most cloud networks tend to be quite secure, gateways to malware tend to open up when you try to connecting your PC to the Internet.
Thus, just an anti-virus protection at times doesn’t suffice. Instead of setting up multiple protection software like an anti-virus and firewall that also affect the normal performance of your PC, you can opt for an Internet security package instead, which offers an all-in-one solution to put less load on your system resources.
Targeted towards home Internet users, who want better control over their security suite, Norton Internet Security 2012 is a power packed tool. A few notches better than the 2012 Antivirus tool from Norton, the Internet Security suite offers a potent antivirus and spyware tool along with online identity theft protection. The Internet Security suite also provides Norton Online Family security for child-friendly browsing options. While installing the application, users can opt to be a part of the Norton Community Watch program that aims at controlling digital cybercrimes by forwarding data automatically to Symantec.
A strong Firewall
The firewall set up is probably one of the strongest facets of the tool. It not only blocks every popup effectively, but also stops users from killing the process from the task manager or even altering registry entries, making your machine secure to the core. The anti-spam mechanism is very robust too and boasts of high accuracy rates.
Keeping your identity protected
You can sync passwords across multiple computers using the Identity Safe login using your online Norton Account details. Identity Safe also lets you automate the process of filling Web forms using Identity Cards. You can create multiple identity cards with personal information, email and address, phone numbers, and one credit card. While the Identity Safe tool helps users save passwords and autofill forms, the service doesn’t start as a popup, but remains docked as a tool bar on your browser, making it less intrusive and easy to locate and use whenever needed.
Although the Internet Security suite doesn’t come with a built-in parental control tool, online back up or mobile security features, it gives you access to connect to these services using the main window. So if you use any of these features, you can still use them via the home page of the Internet Security interface.
In a bid to curb FakeAV detection, Internet Security 2012 features the SONAR Policy Enforcement that can block processes that are suspicious. While this feature of the tool is aggressive, it does tend to go overboard by blocking even legitimate programs, making it a tad bit annoying.
Norton has surpassed not just its earlier versions of the Internet Security suite, but has emerged as one of the strongest security tools to date. The decluttered interface and quick reference system insights, along with detailed reports help you understand the workings of your PC better. It is not very resource-intensive either. Once you close applications connecting to the internet, the suite also reduces system usage accordingly.
- Kamakshi Venugopal