What are you able to add to a safety suite that already has nearly all the things? How about a superb parental management system, to maintain your children protected on-line, and a complete backup system, for the last word in information safety? That is simply what you get by upgrading from Symantec’s entry-level suite to Symantec Norton Safety Premium. It is our Editors’ Selection for cross-platform multi-device safety suite.
At $109.99 per 12 months, Safety Premium would possibly look like an costly suite. Nevertheless, that value will get you 10 licenses to make use of in your Home windows, macOS, Android, or iOS gadgets, together with 25GB of hosted storage on your on-line backups. Norton Household Premier, the parental management part, sells for $49.99 per 12 months as a standalone product. And Norton On-line Backup, which is not fairly as succesful because the backup part on this suite, can be one other $49.99 per 12 months as a standalone.
Even should you do not want parental management or backup, Norton Safety Premium is a cut price on a per-license foundation, working about $11 per machine. You pay about $18 per license for Bitdefender Whole Safety, and $20 for Kaspersky Whole Safety. The entry-level Kaspersky and Bitdefender suites value nearly $27 per machine. After all, on that foundation, McAfee LiveSafe, at $99.99 per 12 months for limitless cross-platform licenses, is the largest cut price of all.
A Stable Safety Basis
Symantec Norton Safety Deluxe earned scores starting from wonderful to excellent in our hands-on assessments. It boasts a robust firewall that does not trouble you with popups, top-notch safety towards exploit assaults, and a spam filter (for individuals who nonetheless want one). Its Android safety app is an Editors’ Selection as a standalone, and it affords extra than simply antivirus underneath macOS. The one motive it is not an Editors’ Selection is that Norton Safety Premium is even higher.
For many top-of-the-line suite evaluations, I summarize my evaluation of the entry-level suite. On this case, I will ship you to learn my evaluation of Norton Safety Deluxe earlier than continuing. As soon as you’ve got completed, come again right here to be taught concerning the options that Norton Safety Premium provides.
Native and On-line Backup
We just lately carried out a full evaluation and analysis of Norton On-line Backup. The backup part in Norton Safety Premium is comparable, however higher in a number of methods. Particularly, the standalone app is strictly web-based, solely permits backup to the cloud, and does not supply idle-time backup, whereas the suite part is a neighborhood program, permits native backup, and might again up modified information every time the pc is idle.
Out of the field, Norton comes configured with a default backup job, however you have to evaluation and settle for it earlier than it goes to work. The configuration web page allows you to outline What, The place, and When to again up—very simple. The default backup set contains Photos, Music, Monetary Recordsdata, Workplace Paperwork, Contacts, and Web Favorites. Out there however not enabled by default are Movies and Electronic mail. There’s additionally a catch-all Different File Varieties class, empty until you select to fill it.
Norton seems for matching information in folders belonging to every Home windows person account. You possibly can add particular information or folders, or exclude ones that will in any other case seem within the backup.
By default, Norton backs up information to its safe cloud storage. You can even select any native, detachable, or community drive. Should you use a cloud storage service that exhibits up as a drive in Home windows Explorer, you’ll be able to even use that for a backup vacation spot. The backup part in Kaspersky Whole Safety does not supply on-line backup, although you’ll be able to hyperlink it to your Dropbox account.
As for when to again up, as soon as you’ve got accomplished the preliminary configuration Norton backs up new and altered information any time the pc is idle. You possibly can set a weekly or month-to-month schedule, or you’ll be able to set it to solely run on demand, however I do not advise doing that, not less than not on your predominant backup job. You possibly can create as many backup jobs as you want, and it is attainable that such a schedule could be acceptable for a specialised job. As soon as you’ve got reviewed the settings, click on Save Settings after which Run Backup.
The backup system maintains a number of variations of information. That may very well be helpful within the uncommon occasion ransomware assault corrupted the latest model, or in case you remorse your most up-to-date edits. Symantec engineers are nonetheless tweaking this function, however at current the backup system shops as much as 10 earlier variations, which do not depend towards your 25GB of storage. The system purges variations after 60 days, however at all times retains the most recent backup and (if current) one earlier model.
Restoring backed-up information is simply as easy. Select a backup set, determine whether or not to revive all information or simply a few of them, and choose a vacation spot for restored information. By default, they go to their authentic location, doubtlessly overwriting present copies, however you’ll be able to choose any folder you want for restored information. This system does warn (sensibly) towards restoring right into a non-default folder that’s itself a part of a backup set. When restoring particular person information, you’ll be able to select a earlier model, if obtainable.
My colleagues zinged the standalone on-line backup utility for providing simply 25GB of hosted storage. That is particularly vital given it affords no different backup vacation spot. They level out that Backblaze affords limitless storage for a similar value, and Editors’ Selection IDrive affords 2TB of storage for not far more. Nevertheless, Norton’s providing is on par with that present in different safety suites. Webroot SecureAnywhere Web Safety Fulladditionally affords 25GB, as does BullGuard Premium Safety. These two additionally supply safe sharing of backed-up information; Norton dropped that function due to safety issues and since few made use of it.
Norton’s backup part may be very straightforward to make use of, and comes configured with a smart default backup job. If all you do is flip it on, it ought to again up your necessary paperwork.
Complete Parental Management
My colleague Ben Moore just lately accomplished a evaluation of the most recent Symantec Norton Household Premier. You get exactly the identical product together with Norton Safety Premium, although it is not built-in just like the backup system. To get began, you click on Extra Norton on the principle window after which click on the Household hyperlink. I will summarize Ben’s findings right here. Should you’re , you’ll be able to click on the hyperlink above to learn his detailed evaluation.
All Norton Household configuration occurs on-line, with a tiny native app on every kid’s machine to implement the principles. You log in to your Norton account, create a profile for every baby, and set up the app on every machine. There isn’t any restrict to the variety of baby profiles or gadgets (Home windows, Android, and iOS, however not Mac). Underneath Home windows, you’ll be able to affiliate every profile with a Home windows person account.
Norton Household refers to its numerous options as offering supervision, not management. It additionally emphasizes protecting strains of communication open together with your children. The truth is, the native app boils down your settings right into a easy set of home guidelines that the children can perceive.
Web site supervision refers back to the content material filter, which might block websites matching 48 distinct classes. For older children, it will possibly warn as an alternative of blocking, and log the occasion if the kid visits the web page regardless of the warning. Notice, although, that it is not solely browser-independent. Filtering of HTTPS content material depends on a browser extension obtainable for Chrome, Firefox, and Web Explorer, however not Edge. A sensible child might log right into a safe anonymizing proxy utilizing, say, Opera, and utterly evade the content material filter.
Time supervision lets dad and mom set a schedule for machine use and a day by day cap, individually for every day of the week. Right here, too, dad and mom can choose to only give a warning when time’s up, and log any continued utilization. The utilization cap is throughout all gadgets, which is nice.
Search supervision forces Secure Search in fashionable search portals, and logs search phrases. We discovered that this function did not work in Bing. Social media supervision warns you in case your baby creates a Fb account with a faux age, or posts any info you’ve got outlined as private information.
Any full-scale parental management system ought to embrace the options famous above. Video supervision goes past, reporting all movies the kid views on YouTube and Hulu. New on this version, it additionally tracks movies watched on Android gadgets. Location supervision (for iOS and Android) retains observe of the kid’s location. And cell app supervision lets dad and mom block undesirable apps on Android gadgets.
Textual content message supervision (an Android-only function) is one in every of Norton’s sturdy factors. Dad and mom can view textual content messages from new contacts, textual content and all. Setting a trusted contact to unmonitored stops the logging of conversations, although the textual content message occasion nonetheless will get logged. Going the opposite method, dad and mom can block all texts from undesirable contacts. When a blocked contact tries to ship a textual content, Norton sends a response noting that the message could not be delivered.
As soon as you’ve got outlined all these home guidelines, Norton Household manages all your kids’s gadgets. A separate tab summarizes exercise in every of the supervision areas; naturally you’ll be able to click on for a extra detailed view. You can even use Norton Household on Android in dad or mum mode to
It is price noting that upgrading from Kaspersky’s entry-level suite to Kaspersky Whole Safety upgrades your parental management to Kaspersky Secure Youngsters, a high-end parental management device with options akin to Norton Household. Secure Youngsters is an Editors’ Selection for iPhone parental management.
As a standalone product, Norton Household Premier has been an Editors’ Selection, sharing that honor with ContentWatch Web Nanny and Qustodio. It is nonetheless a four-star product. With safety for limitless children and limitless Home windows, Android, and iOS gadgets, it is a dandy selection for giant households that do not use Macs.
The antivirus part of Symantec Norton Safety Premium is an Editors’ Selection in its area, as is the Android safety app. As a part of your subscription, you get Symantec Norton Household Premier parental management, one other wonderful product. And its on-line and native backup software program is best than that supplied by the standalone Norton On-line Backup. You additionally get the numerous spectacular elements that make up Norton Safety Deluxe.
Norton Safety Premium is our Editors’ Selection for cross-platform multi-device suites. All of its elements do their jobs properly, some brilliantly. Should you make use of all 10 licenses, it is a greater deal than most top-of-the-line suites. Those that need to shield greater than 10 gadgets might need to take a look at McAfee LiveSafe. It does not price as extremely as Norton total, however you should utilize it on all your Home windows, macOS, Android, and iOS gadgets.
Notice: These sub-ratings contribute to a product’s total star score, as do different components, together with ease of use in real-world testing, bonus options, and total integration of options.