May 30 2010

Norton Internet Security 2010 Review

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Norton Internet Security 2010

Norton Internet Security 2010

Review Snippets

“As with previous versions, Symantec’s suite offers protection against viruses, Trojans, rootkits, spyware and malware of all kinds. Also, like previous versions, it has a firewall, intrusion protection, email protection and Web protection. It integrates with your browser and search engine to warn you away from visiting sites that might be malicious.” (PC World)

“A packed suite whose new features offer the best way to intercept malware threats” (PC Authority)

“Norton Internet Security 2010 remains the best overall security suite on the market.” (PC Mag)

Reviewer Ratings

CNet: 8.4/10
PC Mag: 4.5/5
PC Authority: 5.0/6

Product Overview

RRP: AU$99.99

  • Anti Virus
  • Anti Rootkit
  • Bot Protection
  • Norton™ Safe Web
  • Smart Firewall
  • New SONAR™ 2 Behavioral Protection
  • New Norton System Insight
  • New Norton Insight Network
  • New Norton Download Insight
  • New Norton Threat Insight
  • Spyware Protection
  • Identity Protection
  • Pulse Updates
  • Network Monitoring
  • Parental Controls
  • Vulnerability Protection
  • New Professional Strength AntiSpam
  • New Norton File Insight

Positives

* New behavioural reputation engine – “Quorum” which cross-checks downloads and files against usage data collected from millions of Norton users.

* Firewall module – deflected attacks/made sensible decisions

* New Safe Web system – gives trust ratings to websites based on user reports and 3rd party business intelligence. It questions sites’ privacy and security policies

* Performance log – maintains a calendar of events (e.g. installations and malware scans)

* Log of CPU usage to track down resource-intensive processes

* Parental controls

* Network security map

* New anti-spam component

* Good CPU usage – installation added 2 seconds to boot time; plus 12 seconds of subsequent CPU activity

* Vista system footprint of 613MB

* Faster installation and ‘quick scan’ speeds than with previous version

Negatives

* Poor traditional malware detection methods (achieved a 90% detection rate)

* Slightly confusing layout, particularly the Help/Support area

* A bit more expensive than some AVs

* Full Scan speed longer slower than competitors

* Reports of installation issues (PC World)

* Unnecessary Vulnerability Protection link, showing a generic list of programs that Norton has found to have vulnerabilities

* Network map doesn’t allow remote configuration or repair

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