Protecting your computer from malicious software is the first step that users should take. Norton is a long running producer of security software and has now released the 2012 versions of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. Both programs feature substantial changes and improvements from their predecessors.
Norton Internet Security 2012 is an overall system protection program featuring more comprehensive defense than Norton AntiVirus 2012 on its own. With Norton Antivirus 2012, users will protect themselves from viruses and spyware, but not their online identity. Users who are are only concerned about virus and malware protection should look at Norton Antivirus rather than Norton Internet Security 2012.
Here are the major features of Norton Internet Security 2012.
Sonar Policy Enforcement
This feature tracks and creates profiles based on program behaviors to block malicious access through communication characteristics. Sonar 4.0 introduces Non Process Threats protection against threats that insert themselves into legitimate active processes.
Specialized tool integration
This feature notifies users of specialized removal tools within the program.
Norton Power Eraser
Running in the Windows Pre-install Environment (WinPE), Norton Power Eraser is accessible while Norton Bootable Recovery Tool is active. Users have more control to remove malware in WinPE because it functions in a different environment where malware does not run.
Google Chrome support
The newest version of Norton Internet Security includes Identity Safe and Safe Web features into Google Chrome.
Download Insight 2.0
Through Norton’s Community Watch, Download Insight 2.0 introduces Application Stability Ratings. These ratings are pulled from user statistics that measure installs of programs and how stable their installs are.
Identity Safe 2.0 Cloud
Identity Safe is transferred into cloud computing, allowing for use on multiple computers with an existing Norton Account and online profile.
Users can set policies on the amount of bandwidth Norton products will use when tethered to a mobile device.
Norton In-Product Support Experience
An in-program patch program that will scan the program to find and repair errors.
Norton Internet Security 2012 features many smaller improvements like increased performance, streamlined screens, custom scans, and CPU meter to have a visual representation of how Norton Internet Security 2012 is running.
Norton has been quick to improve their security software not just in its primary function, but also in the user experience. The addition of moving Identity Safe 2.0 into cloud computing so users can access their profiles from multiple computers is a great bonus.
Norton Internet Security 2012 could be one of the best security suites available and with users increasing their online presence, they could benefit from the program.