UPDATE: Symantec revamped its lineup of consumer antivirus products in April 2019, introducing six new products under the Norton 360 brand. Norton 360 Standard replaces Norton Security Standard, which has now been discontinued. Both products have the same core security features, so the review below remains relevant. However, Norton 360 Deluxe also comes with unlimited VPN service, webcam protection and Dark Web monitoring. We’re testing Norton 360 Deluxe, and will be updating this review in the coming weeks.
Norton Security Deluxe is our top pick for the best internet security suite because of its high malware detection scores, overall value and large selection of security features. Plus, it's easy to use and compatible with mobile devices without requiring you to download a separate program.
During our own tests of Norton Security, we tried to download and access over 300 malware samples. Norton detected and blocked 97 percent of those. There were a few threats Norton told us it had stopped and removed that we found later during virus scans. While it is good that Norton eventually found and permanently deleted these samples, it’s concerning that the program falsely reported their removal initially. If you’d like a program that scored a bit higher for malware protection, check out our reviews of Bitdefender and Trend Micro.
We noticed that Norton did a better job recognizing and stopping internet threats when the browser’s own security features were enabled. It seems Norton benefits from the information gathered from the browser in addition to the online malware databases it’s connected to. Still, Norton does a good job overall at protecting against malware.
Norton’s security program come with several user licenses, and because Deluxe is compatible with mobile devices, you can use these licenses to protect all your home devices. Norton Security Deluxe comes with a minimum of five licenses.
Both programs scan your entire computer for vulnerable points. For example, outdated software can leave your system open to ransomware and hackers, so these security applications find programs that need to be updated and prompt you to download the latest versions. Deluxe includes a firewall and tools that scan your emails, instant messages and USB drives to head off any potential attacks. Norton also offers a protection guarantee with its software – if your computer gets infected by a virus, the company connects to your system remotely and helps restore your computer. And if it can’t, Norton refunds your money.
Norton includes impressive parental controls with its Deluxe security suite. These controls help you block inappropriate content with 47 preset internet filter categories like pornography, violence, alcohol and gaming sites. You also have time control to restrict when and how long your child has internet access, even on their mobile device.
Norton Security Deluxe protects several devices at once, including smartphones and tablets. Norton earned a good score for malware protection, but some threats snuck by even after Norton told us they had been stopped. These were found later using Norton’s virus scan and the threats were permanently deleted. Norton’s security suite includes a personal firewall and parental controls. You also get Norton’s 100 percent virus protection guarantee.
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