We’re well into the Norton 360 era now where the company’s storied antivirus services combine with identity theft protection from LifeLock. Despite the changes behind the scenes, the front-facing product hasn’t changed that much. The basic Norton security interface has looked pretty much the same since 2015 save for some cosmetic touch-ups to keep it looking modern. Under the hood, however, Norton has kept working on its malware detection technology to deal with new security threats.
We’ll take a look at Norton 360’s protection capabilities soon, but first let’s talk about our review choice from among Norton’s portfolio. By my reckoning, the best option in terms of value and capabilities in the current lineup is Norton 360 Deluxe. Norton offers two other premium suites above that with extra LifeLock features, but for most people 360 Deluxe hits the sweet spot at $35 for the first year for new users and $105 per year for returning users, covering five devices.
FEATURES AND SERVICES
All Norton 360 suites work with two primary apps. The first is My Norton, a launcher for the actual antivirus program known as Device Security. My Norton is home to other features that come with 360 Deluxe such as Dark Web Monitoring, aka Privacy Monitor, a secure VPN, 75GB of cloud backup, a password manager, and a link to the Norton website for parental controls. The company also recently introduced an anti-tracking service for web browsing called AntiTrack that’s available for $40 a year. AntiTrack blocks cookies and also prevents device fingerprinting.
Device Security has five sections: Security, Internet Security, Backup, Performance, and My Norton. The latter is just a way to get back to the My Norton launcher.
Security is where most of the action happens. Here you can initiate a scan from a wide number of options, including a quick scan (the default), a full system scan, a custom scan, and a custom task. The custom scan can check for protection updates, remove temporary files in the system, run disk optimization, and erase Internet Explorer temporary files.
The Scans section can also run Norton Power Eraser for eliminating threats that regular scans can’t deal with, as well diagnostics, and Norton Insight—the program that determines which files should be scanned during a quick scan.
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