When you upgrade from plain antivirus to a full, you expect your protection to get a boost, and Norton doesn’t disappoint—as shown by our tests and tests by independent labs, too. Where the basic Norton AntiVirus Plus just protects one Windows or macOS device, Norton 360 Deluxe lets you protect Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices. It adds a full-powered VPN, Dark Web Monitoring, Parental Control, and more. Windows users get special enhancements including Online Banking Protection and 50GB of hosted storage for online backups. As you can see, this excellent suite packs a ton of features, and it’s well worth the price.
What’s the Price of Norton 360 Deluxe?
A year’s subscription to Norton 360 Deluxe lists for $104.99, which gets you five security suite and VPN licenses to use on your devices. After the first year, Norton’s VPN alone would run $79.99 per year, and the parental control system costs $49.99 per year as a standalone, so this suite’s price looks pretty darn good. Webroot’s cross-platform suite runs $79.99 for five licenses, and‘s is $89.95 per year for five, but you just don’t get the same comprehensive security coverage with these two, or with most competing products. McAfee Total Protection costs $159.99 per year, a good bit more than Norton, but the subscription lets you install McAfee’s top protection on every device in your household.
In the unlikely event you truly have just one Windows or macOS device to protect, you might consider Norton 360 Standard. This single-license subscription costs $20 less than Deluxe; it also cuts your online backup storage to 10GB. There must be a market, or Norton wouldn’t bother with this offering, but for most users Norton 360 Deluxe is a much better deal.
On the flip side, if you’re shopping for Norton at Walmart, Amazon, or certain other retailers, you may encounter Norton 360 Premium (10 licenses) or Norton 360 Platinum (20 licenses). This review focuses on Deluxe.
If you show your support by signing up for automatic renewal, Norton reciprocates with a Virus Protection Promise. That means if malware infests one of your devices despite Norton’s protection, a tech support expert will remotely log in and remediate the problem. If the support expert can’t make things right, you can apply for a refund. McAfee andoffer similar guarantees.
My Norton, My Way
With the current product line, Norton strongly emphasizes making sure customers take advantage of all their Norton benefits. To that end, the My Norton app becomes the suite’s overall face. It features a soothing nature scene at left, somewhat reminiscent of the nature backgrounds in Panda’s security apps. Down the right side, it lists seven significant security components: Device Security, Dark Web Monitoring, Secure VPN, Cloud Backup, Password Manager, Parental Controls, and Privacy Monitor. At the top, it displays the number of licenses you’ve used, with a link to install protection on more devices.
If you just can’t get enough Norton, try clicking the link for Additional Apps and Services at the bottom of the My Norton screen. This reveals seven more choices: Privacy Monitor Assistant, Utilities Ultimate, AntiTrack, Identity Advisor, LifeLock Home Title Protect Computer Tune Up, and Ultimate Help Desk. Each of these is a separate purchase, over and above what you paid for Norton 360.
During initial configuration, Norton invites you to add more email addresses for Dark Web Monitoring. It also lets you enable Cloud Backup at its most basic level, meaning it will back up files in your Documents folder to the cloud, with no further effort on your part. As you wrap up installation on your current device, Norton invites you to protect still more devices. The process finishes with a simple tour of My Norton’s features.
Clicking to open Device Security brings up a window long-time Norton users will find very familiar. One big panel reflects your security status, along with stats like Most Recent Update and Most Recent Scan. Five big button panels link to Security, Online Safety, Backup, Performance, and My Norton. Clicking that last one takes you back to the My Norton app. Clicking one of the other four slides down the whole row of panels, revealing more buttons related to the one you clicked. For example, clicking Backup shows icons for Run Backup, Restore Files, and Backup Sets.
Sharp-eyed users will note that this main window looks almost exactly like that of Norton’s entry-level antivirus. Even when you view the details for each panel, things are mostly the same. The main difference is the addition of SafeCam webcam protection to the Security components.
After installation, be sure to run a Live Update. Even though the status panel indicated my protection updates were current, the Live Update found more to install. You’ll also want to install Norton’s extensions in each browser you use. There are four extensions: Norton Toolbar, Norton Safe Search, Norton Home Page, and Norton Password Manager. Getting all of those installed in a browser could be a chore, even more so if you use more than one browser. Fortunately, Norton has streamlined the process. Once you click to install all the extensions it automates the process as much as possible, leaving you to just click where and when it tells you.
Shared Antivirus Features
Of course, this suite incorporates all the features of, and adds even more. Please read that review for my detailed findings; I’ll summarize them here.
In addition to the expected full, quick, and custom antivirus scans, you can run the aggressive Norton Power Eraser to root out persistent threats. The full scan took somewhat longer than average in testing, but the initial scan’s optimization meant a repeat scan finished in just 10 minutes. A Norton Insight scan identifies trusted programs that don’t need to be scanned for malware, and the Diagnostic Report identifies a wide range of system problems.
All four independent antivirus testing labs I follow include Norton in their regular reports, and it usually aces the tests. However, in the very latest tests it earns some scores that are merely good, rather than excellent. For example, Norton usually achieves AAA certification (the best of five certification levels) from, but in the latest report it drops slightly to AA.
The experts atassign a Standard certification to any product that passes one of this lab’s many tests. Products that do more than the minimum can earn Advanced or Advanced+ certification. In the three tests I follow, Norton could have had two Advanced+ and one Advanced rating, which is very good. Only , with three Advanced+ certifications, has a better score at present. However, false positives (valid apps or sites identified as dangerous) knock down a couple of Norton’s scores, leaving one apiece of Standard, Advanced, and Advanced+
Norton does have its successes this time around, too. It takes a perfect 18 of 18 points from AV-Test Institute. It also passes both the grueling tests performed by MRG-Effitas. More than a third of tested products failed at least one.
My aggregate scoring algorithm combines results from two to four labs to yield an overall score, on a 10-point scale. The latest results bring Norton down from 9.8 to 9.3 points. On the other hand, out of the products tested by all four labs, only two have done better. Avast’s latest aggregate score came in at 9.5, while Kaspersky tops the list with 9.7. Tested by just three labs, Bitdefender and AVG currently hold 9.8 points. Norton’s score isn’t the very best, but it’s up there with the winners, and lab tests aren’t the whole story.
Norton scored a bit better in my hands-ontests, earning 9.7 of 10 possible points, the same as . Among products tested with the same malware collection, only Webroot, McAfee, and Malwarebytes have done better, scoring 9.8, 9.9, and 10 points respectively.
Challenged with 100 recently discovered malware-hosting URLs, Norton defended the test system by blocking the browser’s access to a quarter of the samples and wiping out most of the remainder by quarantining the malware payload. Like McAfee, Norton detected and blocked 100% of the samples one way or the other.
sites are fraudulent pages that ape secure sites and try to fool heedless visitors into giving away their credentials. Using several different techniques, Norton detected 100% of the very recent real-world phishing pages I used for testing. Norton 360’s macOS edition proved just as effective. F-Secure and McAfee also scored 100% in their latest tests, while Avast and managed 99%.
Norton’s Data Protector component aims to prevent malicious programs (think ransomware) from modifying protected files. In a test with 10 real world samples, it defended against five with total success. Another three managed to encrypt some files in non-protected folders, but bit the dust when they nosed into protected areas. Note that conducting this test required I turn off all other layers of protection. With all its pistons firing, Norton wiped out every ransomware sample on sight.
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Other Shared Features
As the “Plus” in the name suggests, Norton AntiVirus Plus goes beyond the features of a simple antivirus. Its Intrusion Prevention system aims to block exploits at the network level, and in past tests it has blocked all or most of the exploits I used to attack it. This time around its network-based protection only caught 42%. Note, though, that none of the exploits did any harm to the fully-patched test system.
Most security companies reservefor their suite-level offerings. Not Norton; it includes a full-powered firewall right in the antivirus. You won’t find a button for the firewall component on the main screen. Rather, to tweak the firewall configuration you dive straight into Settings.
Norton’s firewall protects against outside attack, as any firewall must. It also aims to prevent programs from misusing your network connection. Its program control system automatically configures permissions for known good programs and puts extra scrutiny on the behavior of unknowns. It proved resistant to tampering in our testing.
All products in the current Norton line come with local and online backup. The only difference is the amount of hosted online storage Norton provides. With the antivirus, you get just 2GB, while this suite gives you 50GB. It’s worth noting that dedicatedsuch as typically measure storage capacity in terabytes, while backup components in security suites offer much less storage space. As noted earlier, if you accept the prompt to enable backup during the initial configuration, Norton sees to backing up your important files automatically.
Norton prevents your browser from visiting dangerous pages, replacing such pages with a warning. If you ignore Norton’s advice and continue to the page, you now have the option to do so in Isolation Mode. In this mode, Norton’s servers render the page and pass along a safe, sanitized version to your browser. In a similar fashion, Online Banking Protection isolates your visits to known financial sites to prevent any meddling with your transactions.
Your Norton installation gets you, also available for free as a standalone product. The syncs across all your devices and handles all common password management tasks. It includes an actionable password strength report, with automated password updates for a growing number of popular sites, but doesn’t extend to advanced features like secure sharing and password inheritance.
A spam filter integrates with Microsoft Outlook to divert spam into its own folder. Those using a different email client must define a message rule to divert the marked spam messages. Other bonus features shared by this suite and the antivirus include a tool to manage files that launch at startup, a disk optimizer, and a simple file cleanup tool.
Dark Web Monitoring
Norton acquired identity theft mitigation service LifeLock in 2017. Since that time, the top-tier Norton suites include varying levels of LifeLock identity theft protection. Norton 360 Deluxe, reviewed here, doesn’t come with a LifeLock subscription, but some of that LifeLock technology powers the Dark Web Monitoring feature.
Even before you do anything to configure this feature, you may get an alert based the email address associated with your Norton account. But the real monitoring starts when you log into Dark Web Monitoring from the My Norton dashboard and flesh out your collection of personal information. The Dark Web Monitoring page online lists several types of personal data: Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, Phone, Address, Driver License, Insurance, Mother’s Maiden Name, Gamer Tag, and Email. The page does point out that the basic Norton 360 plan doesn’t monitor as many types of info as do plans that include LifeLock’s ID Theft Protection.
I went through the list and added one item of each type. Doing so, I learned you get to add just one driver license and mother’s maiden name, up to 10 bank accounts, credit cards, and gamer tags, and five apiece of the remaining data types. It’s smart—rather than asking you the credit card type it deduces it based on the number you enter. Setting up this feature is simple, but I couldn’t truly test it, not without somehow creating a data breach.
Over the last few years, consumers have become more and more aware of the need to enhance local antivirus protection with a. Security companies have responded by creating their own VPNs or licensing VPN technology, and many have begun to add the VPN as a security suite component. However, suite users often get nothing more than the equivalent of the company’s free, feature-limited VPN.
As an example, the entire Panda product line, starting with the free antivirus, includes a VPN. However, in every product except the expensive top-tier, VPN use is limited to 150GB per day. Kaspersky and Bitdefender also offer bandwidth-limited VPN support, and charge $4.99 per month (Kaspersky) or $49.99 per year (Bitdefender) to lift that limitation.
With Norton, you get the full power of Norton Secure VPN on all five of your devices. After a first-year discount, you’d pay $79.99 per year for the VPN as a standalone. Getting it as part of Norton 360 is a huge bargain.
Note that the VPN component is fully integrated with My Norton. Click to change Settings and you get a page within My Norton. Click to choose a VPN Region and it pops up a selection list, again as part of My Norton. Most of the time you’ll just click the button in the main My Norton display to turn VPN protection on and off.
Please read PCMag’s review offor a deep dive into this product. Briefly, it’s a simple but effective VPN, with a decent number of servers in locations around the world. It earned better than average results in our speed tests, the company maintains a no-log policy for your privacy, and as a bonus it can block ad trackers. However, it lacks advanced features and bans BitTorrent. You could do better choosing a standalone VPN, but you won’t go wrong using the VPN that comes as part of Norton 360.
SafeCam Webcam Security
Some of your personal data translates easily into money. A ne’er-do-well who steals your credit card or bank account details can usually wring some cash out, even if you quickly shut down the compromised account. That kind of personal data theft is nasty, but understandable. Creepier types of spyware subvert the webcam in your laptop, activating the camera without the telltale light and peeking out at you wherever you may be. Norton’s SafeCamsystem aims to keep pervy peepers from misusing your webcam.
Like the similar feature in Kaspersky Internet Security, SafeCam defaults to allowing camera access for known good programs. If an unknown program tries to activate the camera, Norton pops up a warning and lets you choose to allow or block that program, just this once or always. When you’ve just installed a new video communication tool, feel free to respond to the pop-up by always allowing access. If you didn’t trigger the camera access, block it!
Cross-Platform Parental Control
My colleague Kim Key completed a thorough review of the latestearlier this year. You get precisely the same product with Norton 360 Deluxe, though it’s not integrated like the backup system. To get started, you click the Manage button next to Parental Controls in the My Norton dashboard. I’ll summarize Kim’s findings here. If you’re in the market for software, you can click the link above to read her detailed review.
All Norton Family configuration activity happens online, with a tiny local agent to enforce the rules on each device. You log in to your Norton account, create a profile for each child, and install the app on each device used by a child. There’s no limit to the number of child profiles or devices. The parental control system supports Windows, Android, and iOS, but not macOS. Mac users can log in to perform management, but there’s no local agent for macOS. When configuring a Windows system, you can associate the child profile with a Windows user account, leaving your own account unaffected.
Norton Family describes its various features as providing supervision, rather than control. It also emphasizes keeping lines of communication open with your kids. In fact, the local app boils down your settings into a simple set of house rules kids can check any time.
Website supervision refers to the content filter, which can block sites matching almost four dozen categories. For older kids, it can warn instead of blocking, and log the event if the child ignores the warning. A browser extension for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox lets Norton display its informative blocking page even for secure HTTPS pages. Without the extension, the browser displays an error message while a transient pop-up explains what happened.
When I tested this feature using a seriously off-brand browser I coded myself, it correctly blocked non-secured inappropriate sites. However, HTTPS sites slipped right through. My Norton contacts explain that the HTTPS filter applies to any program that registers with Windows as a browser—the ones that show up when you select a new default browser. My rudimentary program doesn’t do that, so Norton doesn’t treat it as a browser. After some experimenting, I can confirm that Web supervision works with Avant Browser, Brave, Comodo Dragon, Epic Privacy Browser, Maxthon, Vivaldi, and Yandex, as well as the usual suspects. Unless your child has the coding skills to write a browser, this isn’t a serious loophole.
Note that such filtered HTTPS sites don’t get recorded in the activity log. Also, some features, among them Search Supervision and Video Supervision, don’t work without a browser extension. You get a notification when Norton detects online activity using an unsupported browser.
Time supervision lets parents set a schedule for device use along with a daily maximum, separately for each day of the week. Here, too, parents can opt to just give a warning when time runs out and log any usage beyond the limit. Note that time-tracking works on a per-device basis. If your child runs out of time on the PC, she could just switch to a tablet and keep surfing.
Search supervision forces Safe Search in popular search portals, and logs search terms. Social media supervision warns you if your child creates a Facebook account with a fake age, or posts any information you’ve defined as personal data.
Any full-scale parental control system should include the features noted above. Video supervision goes beyond those basics, reporting all videos the child views on YouTube and Hulu. It also tracks videos watched on Android devices. Location supervision (for iOS and Android) keeps track of the child’s location. And mobile app supervision lets parents block unwanted apps on Android devices.
Once you’ve defined the house rules, Norton Family manages all your children’s devices. A separate tab summarizes activity in each of the supervision areas; naturally you can click for a more detailed view.
It’s worth noting that upgrading from Kaspersky’s entry-level suite to Kaspersky Total Security or Kaspersky Security Cloud upgrades your parental control to, a high-end parental control tool.
Norton Family is a modern cross-platform parental control system with all the expected features and more. It doesn’t quite come up to Editors’ Choice winner. Still, with protection for unlimited kids and unlimited Windows, Android, and iOS devices, it’s a dandy choice for large families that don’t use Macs. Getting it as part of your Norton 360 subscription saves you the $49.99 per year it would cost as a standalone.
Reduced Performance Impact
If a consumer perceives that security is putting a drag on system performance, even if that perception is false, security is likely to get the boot. Fortunately, security companies know this, and have been working hard to minimize any effects on system performance for many years. I do still put each Windows-based suite through some simple performance tests, just in case that trend reverses.
Real-time on-access protection systems necessarily keep an eye on file-system operations, so they can scan any suspicious files before they launch. This vigilant monitoring could put a drag on file operations, which would be bad news. To check for this kind of system drag, I start by timing a lengthy script that moves and copies an eclectic collection of files between drives. I average multiple timing runs, then install the security suite and average multiple runs again, comparing the averages. At the time of my last review, this test ran 20% longer with Norton installed. This time around, Norton cut that down to 2%, which is hardly noticeable.
For another look at file operations, I time a similar test that repeatedly zips and unzip the same collection of files. This script also took just 2% longer with Norton installed.
You need security protection from the moment your computer starts to boot, but getting that protection up and running could increase the time before the computer is ready to use. To measure boot time, I start with a script that launches at boot and waits for 10 seconds in a row with CPU usage at 5% or less. At that point I consider the system ready to use, so I can calculate the boot time, and averaging multiple runs produces a reliable figure. After installing the security suite, I average another set of runs and compare the resulting times.
Norton seems to alternate between big and tiny results in this test. Three reviews ago it exhibited a large boot-time slowdown, 55%, while in the subsequent review it showed no appreciable slowdown. Last time the boot test averaged 43% longer. And in the current test, once again it didn’t slow the boot process at all. In fact, the average boot time came in lower with Norton installed.
Norton’s average in the three tests is just 1%, meaning you shouldn’t experience any slowdown. Very few products have done better in this test.
Thoroughly Updated Android Protection
Your subscription lets you install Norton 360 on up to five devices running Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS. Extending protection to an Android smartphone or tablet is a snap. From My Norton, click the plus icon next to Protect Another Device. You could enter an email address used on that device and click the arrow to send a link, but it’s even easier to just scan the QR code. Unlike the similar feature in, you don’t have to choose the platform; Norton automatically selects the proper download.
In previous editions, getting your Android protected involved installing three separate downloads. The new, enhanced Android protection just requires one app. As on other platforms, My Norton is your home base. The main My Norton screen displays panels for Security, Identity, and VPN.
Tapping security brings you to the main mobile security page. Here you can launch a scan or invoke five other features: App Security, Internet Security, Wi-Fi Security, Device Security, and SMS Security. In testing, Norton’s scan ran very quickly. Norton scans for malicious and risky apps, as expected, and also for surveillance apps. Its real-time protection checks apps as they launch, not just at installation.
Tap App Security to see Norton’s report on your installed apps. It lists apps with high data usage, among other things, but also lists apps that have no issues. The App Advisor for Google Play component does something few competitors can replicate. When you browse the Play store, it checks every app you view and displays a safety rating at the bottom of the page.
Internet Security manages Safe Web, and automatically protects browsers and social media apps. On my test Pixel, it reported protection for Chrome, Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. From this panel you can optionally add a Safe Search icon to your home screen.
Wi-Fi Security scans every network you join for a variety of dangers, going beyond just detecting whether the network is password-protected. For example, it warns of “Evil Twin” attacks. When seeking a Wi-Fi connection, your device actively checks for familiar hotspots, as if saying, “Hey, MyCoffeeshop, you there?” The attacker uses a special device that responds to that request and thereby captures your phone’s Wi-Fi connection. But not when Norton is watching out for you. There’s also a link to VPN configuration, discussed below under Privacy.
Device Security refers to Android configuration settings that could put your device at risk. Among other things, it checks to be sure your device isn’t rooted, and that you haven’t enabled USB debugging. It also verifies that you’ve set up a lock screen, and that you’re using biometric locking. Specifically, it says “Fingerprint lock set,” even though the Pixel I use for testing has facial recognition rather than fingerprint.
Have you ever gotten a spam text with a link to a dangerous page? They’re certainly common. On Android phones, Norton warns about those dangerous links. The SMS Security page lists its findings.
When I opened the Identity page, I was surprised to find an invitation to enable the LifeLock Identity App, as Norton 360 Deluxe doesn’t include full-on LifeLock protection. There was also a link titled “Prefer to use the website?” When I tapped the latter, it took me to Dark Web Monitoring online.
I proceeded to install the LifeLock Identity app. This app proved to be just a better, more mobile-friendly way to access the same Dark Web Monitoring data and categories. The data I had already entered was pre-populated, something I appreciated. McAfee offers personal information monitoring in two different ways, but they don’t share data, so you wind up entering everything twice.
That’s it for the LifeLock app. It’s a handy way to manage your protected personal data, and it notifies you right on your phone if the Dark Web scan discovers any problems.
The mobile app’s privacy features consist strictly of access to VPN protection. Once you’ve given it the necessary permissions, you can connect or disconnect, select your desired server region, and turn Ad Tracker Blocking on and off. If you enable Norton’s Auto VPN feature, it automatically turns on the VPN when you connect to an insecure network. Unlike most similar features, it also turns the VPN off when it deems the current network secure. Note that the VPN is now completely integrated into the mobile Norton 360.
You can swipe up from the bottom of the app’s display to view a report on Norton’s protective activities for the last 30 days. This report starts with a list of apps seen on the device, categorized as Safe, Risky, Malware, Ransomware, or Surveillance. Naturally my test Pixel had only safe apps.
Next, the report lists apps the App Advisor for Google Play has examined. Here the options are simpler: Safe, Risky, and Malware. The report concludes with a breakdown of websites visited, Wi-Fi networks checked, and Device Security issues.
For each section of the report, you can tap one icon to get a brief description or tap another for a full breakdown of what the report means. However, the report components don’t link to the app features on which they report. For example, you may see that Device Security detected a risk, but you must leave the report to find out what that risk was.
Other Norton Apps
Norton’s parental control system covers all the Windows, macOS, and Android devices used by your kids. Just install the Android app, link it to the child who uses the Android device, and you’re good to go.
Norton’s password manager lets you share passwords across all your devices, Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. Here again, you simply install the app and link it to your account.
As Windows and macOS, the My Norton app includes links to manage these two separate utilities. Tap the menu icon at top left to reveal those links.
What’s Not Here
The biggest feature you won’t find in this app is anti-theft. Norton’s designers concluded that with “find my device” features built into both iOS and Android, there was no reason to duplicate those efforts. Norton no longer attempts to block unwanted calls and messages, and the SIM Anti-Theft feature is also absent.
I’m sorry to see the anti-theft component go, but Norton 360 on Android remains a powerful and multi-faceted security tool. The complete overhaul it got for this edition makes it much easier to use.
Suite for macOS Security
A common pattern with cross-platform suites is to give Windows users a full security suite, brimming with features, and then stick macOS users with nothing but a plain, unadorned antivirus. Norton doesn’t follow that pattern.goes well beyond basic antivirus, adding a full two-way firewall, a password manager, Norton’s VPN, and a cleanup utility to eliminate useless and redundant files. It supports the current macOS version plus the two previous, meaning that with the release of macOS Monterey (12) it goes back to macOS Catalina (10.15). You can read my review for full details; I’ll hit the high points here.
The macOS antivirus earned certification from AV-Test Institute, with 100% detection of Mac-centered malware and a perfect 18 points. In my phishing protection test, it managed 100% detection, just like its Windows counterpart.
The Mac firewall blocks unsolicited incoming connections and warns when you connect to an insecure network. Like the Windows antivirus, it defends against exploit attacks. If you enable application blocking, the firewall goes old-school, asking you what to do each time it sees a new program attempting network access. On Windows, the firewall uses an online database to define permissions for many known safe programs. On the Mac, it asks about every unknown program. I did observe that some advanced features present at my last review have vanished.
As noted, you get a file cleanup utility, and you can install Norton Password Manager and sync it with your other devices. While the parental control system handles multiple platforms, macOS isn’t one of them.
As on Windows, My Norton becomes the face of the app. Do note that some features appear in My Norton even though they don’t function on your Mac. Clicking the icon for Cloud Backup just lets you manage your backup sets online, for example. And while you can go online to tweak parental control settings or view reports, there isn’t a local agent to enforce house rules on Mac.
Enhanced Security for iOS
Just as it did for Android, Norton has overhauled its protection on iOS with the latest version. And just as with Android, you extend protection to an iOS device by sending a link through email or by scanning a QR code generated by the My Norton application on another device.
Protection on an iPhone or iPad now takes the form of a single app, rather than requiring multiple downloads. The My Norton app features six feature panels in three groups. Wi-Fi Security, Device Security, and Web Protection make up the first group. The second consists of Identity and VPN. Finally, SMS Security stands alone as its own group.
As expected, Wi-Fi Security lets you know when you connect to a network that’s anything but perfectly secure. Device Security just checks to make sure your operating system is up to date, and that you’ve protected the device with a passcode. Web Protection uses VPN technology to keep all apps away from dangerous websites. However, VPN-level protection necessarily blocks at the domain level, so it can’t handle a dangerous page residing on an otherwise-safe site.
Just as on Android, tapping Identity gets you an invitation to install the LifeLock Identity app. Here, too, the app provides a mobile-friendly way to manage your personal data for Dark Web Monitoring, and also handles alerting you to any problems.
The integrated VPN component looks and acts exactly as it does on Android. You can pick your server region, choose whether to block ads, and toggle the VPN connection on or off. And the Auto-Connect VPN option, if enabled, automatically connects through the VPN when you connect with an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot and turns VPN off when you return to safety. I was interested to note the VPN picked up the region selection that I had made earlier in macOS. I didn’t see that under Android.
Separate parental control and password management apps are available for iOS. You can launch them from My Norton by tapping the menu icon at top left.
The same Apple technology that makes malware attacks tough under iOS also gets in the way when security companies try to install protection. But with the current edition of Norton 360, you get full VPN protection for your iOS devices, and that’s a significant and valuable contribution. Its abilities to filter dangerous websites, warn of insecure Wi-Fi, and report problems with overall device security are also helpful. And the user interface overhaul makes the process of installing and using iOS protection much smoother.
Fantastic Feature Collection
Norton 360 Deluxe starts with an antivirus that earns excellent scores in independent labs tests and our own tests, and includes an impressive set of bonus security components. It builds on that foundation with a dazzling collection of features. It has expected suite features like spam filtering, firewall protection, and defense against exploit attacks, as well as less common features like system cleanup and online backup. The jewel in its crown is the addition of Norton Secure VPN, a utility that would cost more than half as much as Norton 360 Deluxe if purchased separately. And the My Norton app makes sure you get all the security you’re entitled to, on all platforms.
It’s true that this suite only offers five licenses—if you want more, you must upgrade to one of Norton’s higher tiers. But its cross-platform security is more comprehensive than most, and it comes with extras that make its price a bargain. Norton 360 Deluxe is an Editors’ Choice for cross-platform security suite. Those who really need to protect a boatload of devices should consider our other Editors’ choice in this area,. Its VPN is hobbled by a bandwidth cap, and it doesn’t offer hosted online backup, but for $149.99 per year you can protect 10 Windows, macOS, Android, or iOS devices.