Norton 360 is what most Internet security software fans would want to have – virus, firewall and identity protections that includes backup and tune-up programs for more than one computer.
The antivirus program in Norton 360 can protect against not only viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, worms and rootkits but also potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). As we know, a firewall program is the defense against network and computer intrusions and the firewall protection by Norton is not a basic firewall. It is an advanced firewall program that provides two-way and rule-based firewall protection with Intrusion Detection Signatures (IDS) to protect against exploits and zero-day attacks.
Fraudsters continue to use messaging via e-mail, instant messengers and social networking which is why Norton 360 includes identity protection. The identity protection in Norton will prevent users from visiting phishing websites.
Protecting the computer is never enough which is why there is a backup program in Norton 360. It’s the only way to secure the system and data from malware infection in the event of hardware or PC failure. The backup feature in Norton 360 has the ability to store the backup file in local, external or secure online storage.
Norton 360 version 4.0 also includes a PC tune-up program with the following features:
- Disk optimization
- File and system clean-up
- Startup Manager
- Diagnostic report
- Registry cleaner
Norton 360 also includes anti-spam protection which integrates in Windows Mail, Outlook 2007 and earlier versions of Outlook. Note that the anti-spam protection in Norton 360 is not compatible with Outlook 2010. This is not good news for users of Microsoft Outlook that need extra layers of protection against unwanted emails.