So, in looking for a new product, I personally decided to focus JUST on an Internet Security product, and not the “kitchen sink”.I started with a scan of my favorite tech sites, and the yearly reviews they do on Internet security products.But, when all was said and done, I took a fancy to the program, and even installed it for a year on one of my computers.
However, when your virus definition subscription runs out, you’ll still have to renew it with Symantec if you want to continue using Norton 360. Second, no longer getting updated “core components” bothers me, especially since protection technology is always improving as new security threats appear. it might be time for you to move on to something else when your subscription is up. In 2015, when the “first versions” of the new “Norton Security” products were released, most of the reviews on the product were less than stellar.After being on top of the “Top Anti-Virus” lists for many years, Norton products suddenly dropped down to where many other products, including Kaspersky and Bitdefender, were far above them.It actually took me a couple minutes of clicking on links to finally find the Norton page showing their new Norton Security Standard, Deluxe, and Premium (that includes backup). I’ve personally used Norton Anti-Virus products off and on since the late 1980’s (yes, that’s 80’s), even before Symantec took Norton over from the guy who started it all, Peter Norton (who I actually got to meet at a California programming conference).What Symantec had done is create a a new web site just for the Norton products ( I say “off and on” because about 15 years ago, in the late 1990’s after seeing it slow my computers down, I dropped Norton Anti-Virus and switched to other protection solutions for a few years, while Symantec re-tooled Norton and then re-released it as a brand new, top-rated security solution in the early 2000’s.The companies included Symantec, Mc Afee, EST (then called NOD), Panda, and others.
And although I didn’t give it my top review, one company’s program made a big impression on me…. I didn’t give Kaspersky my top review that year because frankly, way back then the company was just becoming known in the Anti-Virus world, and their interface was really cumbersome to use.But along with Kasperskys, I also noticed that Bitdifender had worked its way up many of the “top” lists, and since they had a free version, I gave it a try on one of my computers for a few months.Then, being impressed with what I directly saw, I went ahead and purchased the pay-for version and now have it installed on three machines.Then with the release of Norton Security Standard, Deluxe, and Premium for 2016, the reviews are starting to get better.And as I update this article in February of 2016, PC Advisor in the UK has even put it at the top of their list (although many other sites still have them pretty low).[NOTE: One example of how Symantec seems to be moving away from directly working with consumers like you and I is the case where local vendors (who will go nameless) are “partnering” with Symantec to offer security solutions using Symantec Endpoint Protection (CLICK HERE to read about the product on Symantec.com).]To be honest with you, one problem I’ve always had with many of the Norton products is that they almost tried to do TOO MUCH!I’ve used AVG Free for a number of years without problems, and for the past year, Bitdefender Free, also with good results.