Norton Internet Security Review

Every computer on the internet needs some sort of active protection. Norton is one of those products that has been around a long time. I’ve been using Norton products for over 10 years and I’ve been using and supporting users of Norton Internet Security since it was released. I’ve not always been a fan of Norton. When I first came across it, I knew little else. I had heard the name a lot and consequently used it by default. Good old marketing doing its work. Within a few years I found myself troubleshooting Norton products quite a bit. They had a tendency to get a bit wonky. They also tended to be a bit difficult to remove. Eventually I discovered the Norton Removal Tool which was released by Norton to make life a little bit easier for the folks like myself who were stuck with supporting it out in the field. After a few clients’ computers had some emergencies as a direct result of a Norton glitch, I embarked on a journey to discover which product I was comfortable using and recommending. I swore off  Norton for several years and tried Avast, Malwarebytes, PC Doctor, Webroot, AVG, McAfee and Kaspersky on various computers but mostly my own.

Within the last couple years a friend of mine has been giving me 1-year licenses for Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 to give to my clients and friends. I started of installing it on a few inconsequential computers at work. After a year with no problems, I started giving them to my clients whenever they needed antivirus protection. I was impressed by how much had changed in the intervening years. Symantec has put a lot of effort into streamlining the user experience and slimming down the application itself. It no longer brings computers to their knees like it used to. I’ve had none of the old problems with instability or installation and re-installation. There is very little configuration necessary to make it work in your environment. There are no applications in our business environment for which I’ve had to spend any abnormal amount of time tweaking the firewall.

It really has been a much better experience this time around. I don’t mind giving copies of Norton Internet Security away anymore. I know they will only serve to strengthen my relationships with my clients. As for the pricing for those of you who don’t have well-connected benefactors, they have fairly standard pricing. It isn’t a rip-off. There is truth to the saying “You get what you pay for” and it is only that much more true when it comes to security. There are companies out there with a bit more competitive pricing but Norton is a great contender once again.

Kaspersky Internet Security Review

For a long time I tried various antivirus and internet security programs on my own and on clients’ computers. I’ve tried AVG, Norton, Microsoft Security Essentials, PC Doctor Antivirus, and several others. I currently use Kaspersky Internet Security on all of my computers and have done so for a few years. I own the 3 pc subscription and use it on my laptop, home desktop, and work desktop. I was drawn to Kaspersky by a comparison done a while back that drew the conclusion that Kaspersky performed better than any other packages in detecting new threats (heuristics).

As most infections occur in the short time between a threat being released into the internet and a patch being pushed out by the security companies, I decided I would pick the package that best protected me during that critical window. I’ve been very pleased by the method of updating that Kaspersky uses. It updates several times a day but it doesn’t suck up my bandwidth. The updates tend to be incremental and don’t tax my system. The firewall rarely gets in my way and is very easy to configure. The various protection services that are provided are easy to disable if I need to do so. Kaspersky is one of those companies that never stops improving its products. I’ve seen the software grow and develop in the time that I’ve used it. The protection software I’m using now has more features than the one I bought. They are clearly working hard to keep up with the changing landscape that is the internet and are finding new ways to protect their customers that we don’t even know are necessary.

You can even install and try it out for a while if you aren’t sure that you want to commit the money right away.

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Whatever you do, whoever you go with, always install some sort of internet security suite if you are going to be connecting to the internet. Always keep it updated too (although I’ve never had to bug Kaspersky to do that).

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