Join Nancy C. Muir for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding different Norton product features, part of Norton Internet Security Essential Training.
In this movie, I'll explore three Norton Security products so you'll know which product is a good fit for your needs and your wallet. This course is focused on Norton Internet Security but you can use it to learn any of these products. But why would you want one over another? I'll start with Norton Antivirus, which is Norton's basic antivirus program, though it does a lot more than handle viruses. AntiVirus locates and contains or removes several kinds of Malware. But it also protects you when you're emailing, blocks spam, and spots potentially dangerous files you're about to download.
Antivirus also provides tools to protect you from visiting bad sites when you're browsing with a feature called Safe Web. You can also use a feature called Identity Safe to securely store and enter usernames and passwords which can be very handy if you forget your log-in information. Now I'm going to browse around Norton Internet Security to show you some of the features shared by all three of these products. But don't worry, I'll introduce you to each of these features in detail as the course goes along. Several tools in Norton Antivirus stop people from hacking your computer and stealing your personal information.
For example, there's Smart Firewall. This is a feature that blocks unwanted access to your network. Network Intrusion Prevention tools help you spot uninvited people piggy-backing onto your network connection. Norton Product Security prevents access to your Norton Internet Security software. Finally, Norton Pulse obtains virus definitions every 5 to 15 minutes. And this is important because without the latest updates, detection tools don't have the latest threat information to work from, kind of like the FBI's most wanted list.
Now, let's take a look at some settings that you access from the main window of Norton. Family, stands for parental controls management tools that help you see which sites your kids are visiting and what they're up to on their social sites. A set of tools that Norton Antivirus doesn't include but that Norton Internet Security and Norton 360 do have, are used for backing up and restoring your computer. These two Norton products can automatically back up your computer, either to an external drive or online, so if your computer's infected, you won't lose your data.
2 gigabytes of online backup storage is included when you buy Norton Internet Security or 360. Going back to the Norton product page, let's look at some information about the Norton 360. In addition to all these other features I've described, Norton 360 adds a set of PC tune-up tools to tweak your computer's performance and remove old system files that your computer doesn't need anymore. 360 also helps your computer to start up faster by letting you and not your operating system choose what files you want to load every time you start your computer.
For example, if you don't need your computer manufacturer's preinstalled support app because you never use it, or a game your kids like to play but you don't. Don't waste your system resources loading these applications every time you turn on your computer. So, in choosing which Norton product you want to buy, be aware that all three contain the core threat protection you need. Norton Internet Security adds some tools for automatic backup. And, 360 adds a few performance improvement tools on top of that. But remember, all three products provide access to free 24/7 tech support.
Of course, the pricing of each of these products is different as well. Typically, antivirus has the lowest price. Norton offers lots of special pricing, especially if you buy the product part way through the subscription year. So, the prices could be all over the place. Be sure to check several sources besides Norton, such as online realtors like Amazon and Newegg, to get the best price. In this movie, I explain the key differences among three Norton security products, along with their pricing, so you can choose the one that's right for you. In addition, I explain that you can go through this course to learn how to use any of the three products, as long as you understand that I don't cover the PC tune-up tools that are only included with Norton 360.
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