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Norton AntiVirus

First seen way back in 1991, Norton AntiVirus becomes one of the best-known brands in the security business. The recent release, Norton AntiVirus Plus is a strong suite that comes certainly stuffed with high-end function such as malicious URL filtering, antivirus and anti-ransomware, password manager, an smart firewall, speedup tools, and basic cloud backup with 2GB storage.

The package is offered for Mac as well as Windows, unusually, and a single device, one-year license prices $20 initially, $60 on renewal. That’s fair value for the functions you’re getting, though if you don’t need all the extras, there are better deals around. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus can’t quite combine the Norton function set, for example, but it’s costed at $40 to cover a single device for a year, or you can also protect three for $30 in year one, $60 in renewal. It becomes one of the best all-round simple security packages for the price. Norton provides anti-spyware, malware and ransomware protection, 2GB cloud back up (that isn’t much though) and a firewall.

However, its best differentiator is that it also offers a password manager, secure software that saves all your online passwords, which is far better than writing them down in a notebook or just using the similar password for all. Another impressive part of Norton’s package is its 100% virus protection promise. If you get a virus during using Norton and its experts can’t remove it, you’ll get an entire refund. It displays the company is pretty confident in its antivirus protection.

This simple antivirus subscription is fairly reasonable, but if you need more functions then Norton’s other packages get fairly high-price. You can also get better value elsewhere without compromising protection. Norton 360 Standard contains unlimited connection to Norton Secure VPN (for a single device), protects against unauthorized connection to your webcam, and ramps up your online backup space to 10GB. Dark web monitoring is a plus for US users, which alerts you if your email address is being sold online. In spite of all this extra power, the suite is still only $30 for a one device, one-year license, $80 on renewal.

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