Join Nancy C. Muir for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the Norton Internet Security main window, part of Norton Internet Security Essential Training.
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After you install Norton Internet Security it's a good idea to poke around a bit and find out what tools are included and how you navigate around the software. Doing that will help you find out just what settings and features are available that might be useful to you and how to access those features from the main window. When you open Norton Internet Security the main window tells you if you're signed into a Norton account, in the upper right hand corner. Also the remaining days in your subscription are displayed in the bottom left corner. Next, take a look at the four big tiles across the middle of the screen.
These are the most commonly used Norton Internet Security features, and here's a rundown of how you use them. You can't do a thing with the Secure tile except read information there about system usage, how much of that usage is by Norton, and the trust level for all running processes. That trust level is an average of what Norton perceives as low, moderate, and high risk programs on your computer. When this square is green, your computer is protected. When it's red, you're at risk. The next tile is labeled Scan Now and it's very important because scanning your computer for security threats is Norton's most important function.
In the bottom left of the tile, it tells you when you did your last scan. If it's been more than a couple of days, you definitely need to perform a scan. When you click on this tile, you get the option of Quick Scan, Full System Scan, or Custom Scan. Click one of these to start a scan. There are also Repair Tool and Scan Facebook Wall options on the scan page, which I'll talk about in later movies in this course. Click the Back Arrow to return to the main window.
The third tile from the left is the LiveUpdate tile. You should always do an update before doing a scan to make sure your virus and other malware definitions are current. The LiveUpdate tile lists when the last update was performed. Remember that Norton can be set up to perform updates and scans automatically on a regular basis, so your protection is current,but you can also run them manually at any time, from this tile. To start a LiveUpdate, click the LiveUpdate tile. On the screen that appears, you just click Run LiveUpdate to get the update going.
I'm going to cancel this update and go back to the LiveUpdate screen. From there, you click the back button to return to the main window. The last tile is labeled Advanced. Click the Advanced tile, and you get a kind of summary of the protection features that you have on at the moment, including Computer, Network and Web Protection features. You can click the little yellow slider on any of these, and that'll turn it off. When you want to turn that feature on again, click that red slider and it returns to the on position.
You will see these little sliders all over Norton Internet Security settings. Hit that Back button again to return to the main screen. Now I will walk you through the five items across the top of the main window, starting with settings. You'll spend lots of time in this course going to Settings because that's where you can really customize how Norton Internet Security works for you. I'm going to click Settings so you can see how its organized. You'll see that there are four tabs labeled Computer, Network, Web, General and Help across the top.
You can click among these tabs to find different sets of settings. There are also several categories of settings along the left on each tab, and the specific settings you can make to the right. After you change, or make a setting, you click on the Apply button to apply it. You can also click Cancel to leave without making any changes. There's one more element on the Norton Internet Security main window to look at. Across the bottom, there's a set of scrolling icons. These give you access to tools you can use to manage your account or access other features that are included with Norton Internet Security but which you set up and work with online.
These include zone, for sharing files, studio, which allows you to monitor your devices remotely. Manage, to access your account settings and kind of dashboard that allows you to manage your products and services centrally. Mobile, allows you to get Norton Mobile Security for your phone. Family is used to set up parental controls. And finally backup uses your 2 gigabytes of free storage space that comes with Norton Internet Security and 360 to back up files securely.
Click on any of these buttons and when you're ready to return to the main window simply click the Close button. In this movie, I gave you an overview of what's on the Norton Internet Security main window, and how to navigate from feature to feature, and back again to the main window. You got a preview of the wealth of available settings, and discovered how to access features included with Norton Internet Security that you need to set up and use online. With this quick primer on what's available, and how to get around, you're ready to get to work with Norton Internet Security.
She explains how to set up real-time protection, configure scans of your system, and schedule tasks so that they don't hog system resources at important times. She'll also show how to set up a Smart Firewall to protect your entire network, and configure antivirus and antispam protection for messaging and email. Then learn how to protect and control your family's experience online, use an Identity Safe account for web browsing, and work with Norton's add-on cloud-sharing, mobile security, and remote monitoring services. Finally, Nancy explains how to incorporate Norton software as part of an overall privacy and security effort.
- Installing Norton Internet Security
- Excluding sites from scans
- Viewing performance data
- Running updates
- Configuring and running scans
- Protecting yourself online and on mobile devices