Norton 360 is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows Computers by publisher Symantec Corporation.
Product summary of Norton 360
Norton 360 is an all-in-one suite of applications meant to provide computer security. This program is developed by Symantec Corporation for the Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems. Norton 360 offers traditional protection for computers as well as backup, identity protection, and computer tune-up tools. This software is advised for anyone who has a computer and wants to protect it against viruses and other harmful elements that threaten computer security such as spyware and malware.
System requirements of Norton 360
Norton 360 requires computers to have either 32-bit Windows XP or 32/64-bit Windows Vista as the operating system. The processor of the computer must be 300 MHz or higher, and the RAM should be at least 256 MB. The computer's free hard drive space should also be at least 300 MB. In case users want to get phishing protection, an Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 2 web browser or higher is necessary. For online backup, the computer must have a high-speed Internet connection.
Features of Norton 360
Instead of simply putting together all of the features from Norton Internet Security, Norton Antivirus, Norton Confidential, and Norton SystemWorks, Symantec started from square one with Norton 360. The product is one that gives users a more fluid experience. Even the Symantec LiveUpdate is better integrated in Norton 360.
Symantec used only the tools that would be most beneficial to general users. Norton 360 was equipped with antivirus, antirootkit protection, antiphishing, antispyware, a firewall, behavioral monitoring software, Symantec's new SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advance Response), and a vulnerability assessment tool, which can give users information regarding what updates their computer might be missing. There's also an add-on pack of online tools that includes Antispam, Parental Control, and other optional features such as blocking private data from being leaked onto the Internet.
Aside from that, Norton 360 also has tools for defragmenting the hard drive and for cleaning up temporary files and other unnecessary files that can slow a computer down. Norton 360 also comes with a backup and recovery tool, and even provides up to 2GB of free online storage. Online storage is helpful when users need to access their backup files while away from home. This is a really great feature that isn't offered by many computer security products.
Editors review of Norton 360
The user interface for Norton 360 is intuitive, clean, and no-nonsense. There's a toolbar at the top that allows users to access scans, technical support, configuration for tasks, and their Norton online account. Below that is a line displaying current system alerts such as recovery options and configuring the user's backup. The main section even has modules for transaction security, PC security, PC tune-up, and backup and recovery. These modules have a color-coded status with a short explanation, and there's even an option that lets users get more details.
Norton 360 is almost completely automatic. Once the user installs this software, the only task left to be done is configuring the backup options. Scans are run during the computer's idle time. Once the user begins using the computer again, Norton 360 would stop scanning and then continue later on when the computer's idle again.