New Features & Enhancements
One of Norton Internet Security 2012’s biggest improvements has been to its SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response) behavior-based detection engine. SONAR has been improved to track more process and threat behaviors than before and compare them with other threats’ behaviors. When SONAR detects a new threat, it is automatically blocked and removed if classed as high-risk, or prompts for user-intervention if classed as a lower risk.
Symantec has also introduced a Bandwidth awareness function that can be used to limit the use of your shared internet connection across adapters. It has been primarily designed for laptops and mobile devices to guard against monthly bandwidth limits by preventing devices from downloading large software updates across WiFi.
A new Start-Up manager also debuts in the new suite, making the transition from Norton 360 and lists every application that starts automatically on a users’ PC. The tool shows how many resources each application uses and provides users with more information about the application, helping them decide whether it needs to run at startup or not.
Norton has also refined its Power Eraser function, which now runs in WinPE (Windows Pre-install Environment) and is accessible via the Norton Bootable Recovery tool. This means that the tool has much more scope to remove malware as it runs from a completely separate environment that malware doesn’t access, meaning the full OS and more partitions can be scanned and cleaned.
The Norton Insight tool offers information about the reliability of programs installed onto a users’ PC. The tool works by monitoring programs installed on different OS and reports a stability score derived from four factors to give users a better indication of how a program might affect their system resources and overall performance.
Identity Safe has also been streamlined to provide better protection, syncing its information with Norton’s cloud to provide a permanent back-up. Users can set usernames and passwords for websites such as Amazon and internet banking that requires login data, and Identity Safe logs the user in whenever they visit.