Our cybersecurity needs are constantly evolving, with brand new threats and malicious malware appearing every day. The more our daily lives become connected to our online profiles and digital identities, the more attractive we become to malicious parties, identity thieves and ransomware programs.
One of the best and easiest solutions to protect yourself and your household is to find a holistic cybersecurity package that best suits your specific needs. Norton Internet Security is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner for their security suites, and a leader in the cybersecurity industry. Their most popular offering, Norton 360, offers multiple layers of protection for your devices, with industry-leading online privacy features, including a secure VPN and Dark Web Monitoring. Norton 360 is designed to work on both PC and Mac, as well as smartphones/tablets.
How much do I need internet security?
Simply put, there has never been a more dangerous time to surf the web. If you work remotely or conduct banking or confidential business from a personal device, you put both your data and yourself at risk. Norton reports that it blocks approximately 11 million+ threats for its users every day, with a January 2022 report listing 3.6 billion threats blocked over the course of 2021. This included 54 million phishing emails, 221 million cases of file-based malware and 253,063 potentially devastating ransomware attacks.
2021 also saw some incredibly high-profile data breaches on popular services like LinkedIn, Amazon’s gamer streaming platform Twitch, online trading platform Robinhood and adult webcam site Stripchat. There have been hundreds of data breaches and hacks on hugely popular websites and services over the past decade, so it’s very possible that sensitive data about you has already been compromised.
While you may consider yourself tech-savvy (and you may not have had a data fear in the past), an important point to consider is that you’re often not the only person using your device. The old-fashioned family computer is a hotbed for all kinds of cyber-attacks. The chances of a risky download or phishing scam increase exponentially when children are involved, making parental controls an absolute lifesaver when it comes to curious kids who like to click on links. Norton 360 offers comprehensive parental controls, but to cut costs for smaller households, they are not available in all levels of the service. Let’s take a look at the three most popular Norton Security products in the 360 series to get a better idea of what’s available and where.
Standard, Deluxe, Premium: what’s the difference?
While it might be easy to assume that the more you spend on a security product, the more secure it is, Norton doesn’t really praise it that way. All Norton 360 packages offer the exact same technology when it comes to their protection against spyware, antivirus, malware and ransomware. So if you get the Standard package instead of Deluxe or Premium, you are still just as safe.
The main differences between Standard, Deluxe, and Premium come down to the number of devices you’ll be protecting, the amount of secure cloud storage you’ll need, and the addition of parental controls and features specifically designed to limit children’s insecure Internet access.
We’ll take a closer look at each of these options below, but the simple breakdown is this: If you just want to fully protect one device, Norton 360 Standard should suffice. If you have kids or want to protect up to three devices, Norton 360 Deluxe will do. If you’re a power user and plan to back up your devices to the cloud regularly, you’ll probably want to go straight to the Premium solution.
Within Norton 360 products
Intro offer of A$59.99 for the first year; renews at full price.
Norton 360 Standard offers comprehensive protection for 1 PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. 360 Standard gives you access to multiple layers of security with the same protection against spyware, antivirus, malware and ransomware found in Norton AntiVirus Plus, including access to a secure VPN for safe browsing and SafeCam for PC to prevent unauthorized access to your webcams. For your sensitive, critical files and financial data, PC Cloud Backup gives you access to 10GB of cloud storage. Perfect for shutting down the familiar home PC.
Intro offer of A$69.99 for the first year; renews at full price.
Norton 360 Deluxe is PCMag Editors’ pick for the best security suite for VPN enthusiasts. Of the three options, it offers the best value for the most robust personal internet security suite available. 360 Deluxe offers all the protection of 360 Standard for up to 3 devices, online privacy features including Norton Secure VPN, SafeCam for PC and Dark Web Monitoring. It also includes up to 50GB of cloud storage for PC backup and is the cheapest access to parental controls such as “school time,” which restricts Internet access to specific educational websites and resources during school hours. If you can’t decide and just want to be as secure as possible on multiple devices, this is the way to go.
Intro offer of A$84.99 for the first year; renews at full price.
Like Norton 360 Deluxe, 360 Premium offers multiple layers of protection for up to 5 devices, online privacy features including Norton Secure VPN, SafeCam for PC and Dark Web Monitoring. For the most part, Premium offers the same services as 360 Deluxe. The main difference between Premium and Deluxe is in the allocated storage space for cloud backups and protection for additional devices. Norton 360 Premium offers 100 GB of storage to 360 Deluxe’s 50 GB.
If you are interested in using Norton’s security technology (and given their strong results Test Lab resultsyou should!) It’s important to also know the differences between each of the offerings in the Norton lineup, outside of Norton 360. Check out this complete Norton Security guide to help you along the way herewhich covers all of their offers currently available in Australia.