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Norton Security Premium Review

UPDATE: Norton Security Premium has been discontinued. In April 2019, Symantec revamped its lineup of consumer antivirus products in April, introducing six new products under the Norton 360 brand.

Our Verdict

Norton Security is one of the best computer protection programs, with solid security features, including 25GB of online backup.


  • Norton provides a 100 percent virus protection guarantee.


  • Parental controls are not available for Mac or iOS devices.
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UPDATE: Norton Security Premium has been discontinued. In April 2019, Symantec revamped its lineup of consumer antivirus products in April, introducing six new products under the Norton 360 brand. The new products are: Norton Antivirus Plus (was Norton Antivirus Basic), Norton 360 Standard (was Norton Security Standard), Norton 360 Deluxe (was Norton Security Deluxe), Norton 360 with LifeLock Select (new), Norton 360 with LifeLock Advantage (new), and Norton 360 with LifeLock Ultimate Plus (new). We're testing and evaluating the new Norton products, and you’ll find reviews for each on the site in the coming weeks.

While testing Norton Security Premium, we saw it was quick to block malicious Trojan and rootkit downloads before they could infect our test computer. Norton even interrupted hidden downloads from sites that showed 404 or account-suspended messages. It displayed clear messages if we attempted to visit a website that was known for harboring viruses or phishing schemes.

This computer protection program goes the extra mile and gives in-browser reports that detail exactly what threat was stopped. It also tells you where on your computer the virus is attempting to download, how many other Norton users the virus has attempted to attack, and any other sites that may harbor the same threat.

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This software blocked 97 percent of Windows malware and 100 percent of the Mac threats we confronted during testing. Our findings mirror those of other independent test laboratories, including AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, and confirm that Norton Security Premium is a good choice for protecting all your personal devices.

Norton lets you download the exact same program to all your devices, including iOS and Android cellphones and tablets. However, there are some tools that aren’t available on all devices.

For Windows computers and laptops, Norton Security has protection tools that scan email and USB drives for malware, so threats are stopped before they can download to your computer. It has a gamer mode – also called silent mode – that suspends some scans and pop-up notifications so you can watch movies and play games without interruptions. You must, however, manually enable this feature. Most computer protection programs require you to manually turn on gamer mode, but there are a few exceptions. The most notable is ESET Smart Security Premium that senses when you start an online game and enables its gamer mode automatically for you.

Norton Security Premium includes some of the best parental controls that quickly block dangerous content by letting you enable internet filter categories. You can also control when your kids can be online and for how long. The parental controls are only available for Windows and Android users. They don’t work on Mac or iOS devices. If you need parental controls for your Mac or iOS, consider using Kaspersky Total Security, which also has great parental controls that work for both Mac and Windows devices, so you don’t need to invest in multiple programs to get all the protections you need for your family.

Norton has a secure vault and a password manager that safely stores your passwords in one convenient location to keep hackers from accessing them. A personal firewall also comes with the program and works alongside your Windows or Mac firewall to offer a double layer of protection from threats attempting to sneak in through your internet connection. This firewall also tells you if there is any suspicious activity, like someone attempting to piggyback on your internet service, which slows down your connection.

Another great tool included with Norton Premium is a VPN. VPNs let you browse the internet without being tracked by adware or other internet snoops. Each time you go online your location and computer’s IP address is hidden, so even if a site wants to use cookies to monitor your online activity, it can’t be saved or used to create individual offers or promotions, or used to track where else you visit online. The VPN is available for all devices regardless of the platform you’re using.

Norton Security Premium is one of only two computer protection programs we tested that protect a minimum of 10 devices with a single license, the other being BullGuard Premium Protection. It comes with 25GB of online storage that can be used to help reboot and restore files if your computer is attacked by malware. However, the software comes with a protection guarantee, so if you are attacked while using this program, Norton will work with you to get your computer cleaned and reset to its pre-attack condition. All this together makes Norton Premium a great value in addition to a good security tool.

Norton Security Premium protects a variety of devices against malware and viruses, and it does so well. It protects up to 10 devices on one account. It also includes security features on multiple devices, like password protection and a VPN. The only real drawback is the parental controls are not available for Apple laptops and devices.

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