Cyber security has never been as important as it is today. A decade ago, you could just ignore it, but we have reached a stage where the troubles and issues are too big to ignore. Gartner expects that by 2021, spending on cyber security will increase two-fold, with demand for cybersecurity experts already skyrocketing.

The reason for this is quite simple, everything lives on the internet today, and it is, quite frankly, the biggest treasure trove for any thief to break into. Identity, money, data- everything is on the internet and it is a ripe target for every black hat hacker out there. 

The evidence shows. There has been a monumental increase in the number of cyber security threats and the only once able to monitor them and mitigate them are antivirus companies, at least at the consumer level and Norton is one of the best in the business.

So, here are the good, bad and ugly things that I have noticed about Norton in the year that I have used it.

The Good

Performance

Virus detection has been Norton’s forte, ever since its inception and it does not disappoint. The virus detection rates are much higher than your everyday, run of the mill antivirus and the amount of details they provide in helping to identify the threats is second to none. The software itself has been updated and improved over time and nothing more needs to be said I think, especially in terms of its performance.

Update and Support

Norton is a huge company with resources that can hardly be matched by its competitors. The amount of resources mean that the company has the ability to work on more threats and roll out updates for them sooner. More updates means better protection.

Usability

The user interface is brilliant. I would rate the UI as the best I have seen in any antivirus software application. It is neat and beautiful to look at. You know they have paid a lot of attention to it by just taking a glance at it. 

The Bad

Resource Usage

Norton is not a lightweight antivirus by any means. It is notorious for heavy resource usage, especially in the beginning. It takes a heavy toll on the systems RAM and although it has improved quite a lot in the recent years, it still suffers in that aspect.

Cost

Norton, while being one of the best in the business, also charge a lot. Although it is not overly expensive, it is not cheap by any means. You get a 30 day free trial but the price you have to pay for the full version of the software is quite a bit. 

The Ugly

Uninstallation

If there is anything ugly about Norton, it is the uninstallation process. It is buggy as hell. I don’t know if it is that way on purpose but if you try to uninstall Norton to install another antivirus software, it never, I repeat, never uninstalls properly. I have tried this multiple times and in the end I had to delete all the things related to it manually.

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