The main screen features a number of useful tools. The first is the Scan Now feature which gives you three scanning options:
- Run Quick Scan
- Run Full Scan
- Run Custom Scan
A very typical grouping as far as scan tools come but more straightforward than others I have come across. The less input required by me, the better and these scan features are all business.
The Network Security Map provides you with an overview of your wired or wireless network security status. It assists you with identifying security holes or weaknesses so these can be addressed in a timely manner, taking the guess-work out of the process for less experienced users (an extremely important factor in SOHO environments where IT skills may be in short supply)
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Another innovative feature is the Norton Identity Safe. This is essentially a method for creating a catalogue of usernames and passwords that are stored in an encrypted state. These can then be converted into the form of "electronic cards" that can be used to fill out secure forms or access websites. This is Symantec's method for detecting (and avoiding) phishing schemes and other identity theft threats on the internet. The installation process adds this toolbar to your internet browser for quick access.
The Silent Mode feature is great for gaming or watching videos and streaming media. According to Symantec, this feature "prevents your full screen experience [from being] interrupted by any non-critical security alerts." You have the option of suspending these pop-ups for 1, 2, 4, or 6 hours.