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Getiing paranoic with the fast always on internet I tried the trial version. Downloads beautifully & then takes over your computer. If you are a novice you will get yourself into such hassles you won't be able to function. Causes conflicts with existing programs and causes freezes. After rebooting you sometimes cannot reconnect to the internet without uninstalling the feature. I gave up in under a month. This was surprising because the 2000 family edition version was very user friendly and gave me no problems at all till I ran out of updates after a year. The 2001 version gave me nightmares. I am not saying it is not an excellent product but very difficult to live with if you are not an expert. I am making do with the antivirus and hoping for the best.
Norton Internet Security is a useful utility that makes browsing the internet a more safe, secure and convenient pastime. It works in several ways. Firstly, it creates a personal firewall to stop other uers from infilitrating your PC whilst connected to the net, stopping most trojans etc. This means any hacker who tries to get access to your computer will be refused. However, as part of this process, you need to spend some time setting up which programs on your computer are allowed to access the internet and which are not, which is a bit of a bind. Secondly, it prevents children from accessing websites that you do not wish them to access, using a filter program that has some success. However, like many filter programs you may find this more of a curse than a blessing, as it will only block sites in its database, thus missing lots of potentially disturbing sites. You also need to keep the list up to date with frequent updates from the web. It also stops them sending personal details over the web, which is more useful. However, again it takes some time to set this up - you have to type in all the numbers (e.g. phone numbers, credit card numbers) that you don't want sending over the net, plus things like your address, and this takes a lot of effort initially. However, once set up the whoe thing works well. Finally, it can block many (though not all) unwanted ads from appearing on web sites, thus making web pages apear quicker. It updates itself automatically from the internet. It is especially worthwhile if you are connected to the web for long periods of time, or if it is used by children. However, it is a bit difficult to use sometimes as it keeps popping up asking if you want to accept cookies or configure new rules - it takes a while to learn your browsing habits. Available for around £40 from most computer shops, it also includes Norton Antivirus free.
John Veldthuis from New Zealand the original author of this superb virus checker/killer programme for the Amiga, was forced to give up upgrading it due to lack of time. Earning a living came first. For a time it was taken over by another New Zealander who never actually got to grips with upgrading, again due to the need to earn a living. The source code was passed to Alex van Niel in The Netherlands without charge so that he could continue to upgrade as new viruses appeared. Since then Alex has kept the virus killer up to date and for a mere £10 shareware fee, Amiga users can remain protected from the scourge of the computer world. VC will still protect a system from viruses without paying the shareware fee as the £10 buys a `key' which unlocks additional functions. Like checking files which have been archived and/or packed thus negating the need to un-archive or un-pack them first. Apart from being able to identify and remove all known viruses written to run on an Amiga, Virus Checker has one neat function. That is it can be configured to monitor any named files on the hard drive so that if a `NEW' link virus comes along VC will put up a message to say that file xxx has been altered. It is then up to the user to save the infected file and send it to Alex and replace the infected file with a known good one. It is usual to have VC launched during the boot-up routine so that it is running in the background right from the word go. Alex is currently working on the next generation of Virus Checker with a beta version available for use and it, and the current VC, can be downloaded from:- http://www.vht-dk.dk The site also has PC anti-virus programmes.
Norton Internet Security Is Symantec's Offering for a personal firewall. This product was originally AtGuard's, but Symantec took over the company and re-labelled the software as its own. The program installs very easily, using Microsoft Window Installer (that used in Office 200). Once installed you can set up accounts for different users, say if you want your children not being able to send certain information across the 'net (such as your home address) you can enable this. You can used the many built-in templates, such as "teenager" and "supervisor". Or you can leave this feature alone if you don't want the hassle, or don't have children. Like many personal firewalls, NIS works on a probgram-by-program basis. You can make each program ask for priveledges before it can communicate, or you can let NIS decide which applications you should let through. Me being a sceptic, I decide what can go through the firewall. Yet, all this comes at a price, around £45 for your own copy, but they do offer a trial version at their website, so you can try it for a month before parting with your pennies. The basic interface is simple and easy to set up. But the advanced features are harder to get to grips with, and there's the possibilty you could damage your Internet connecytion if you apply the wrong settings. Another great feature (although many big companies will hate me for saying this) is the advert blocker. We've all seen those annoying adverts that take longer to download than the actual page itself. Well NIS looks for certain things in an image on a web page, for example if the image is stored in a folder called "ads" it will tell the browser not to download it, making i faster to surf. Although I have found this has restricted access to some sites, where the page appears blank. I've mentioned the privacy feature briefly, basically what is does is it chec ks what information is sent across the Internet, and prompts or disallows the information to be sent. You could use this to make sure your credit card details aren't sent out to dodgy websites etc. This program is excellent for worried parents since they can specify what sites, and programs can be used on the 'net and what information can be given out. Where NIS really shines is how you can control which ports each application has access to. This is really for the more technical, and the extremely weary. For example, your browser only needs access to a few ports to work, so any other ports aren't needed and can be blocked. Also NIS can try to work out how to configure itself to each application by its in-built library of program definitions. All in all, a great product, albeit a little difficult to set up. It's a shame about the price tag when there are cheaper alternatives (such as the free Zone Alarm) around.
The latest offering from the Syamntec stable gives us protection while we are surfing the World Wide Web. For the novices out there (and I include myself in this category) the main purpose of this program is to provide a firewall protection between you and the network of computers that you hook up to when you are surfing. The firewall acts like a security guard and checks everything that leaves and enters the network. This sounds complicated but in reality it isn't. Most of the predefined settings you don't have to touch when you install the program you can surf in safety straight away. Other features include a parental control option that allows you control what children can and can't see, an ad blocking function that does exactly what it says and it is claimed makes pages load faster and the tried and trusted Live Update feature that allows you update the firewall settings via the Syamntec web site in exactly the same way as the other Norton products. As a bonus the Antivirus 2000 is included in the price and provides a good level of protection for your PC. Overall, the package itself is a good one especially if you don't possess any Antivirus software. If you do, it is still worth considering although it may be a pricey.
Norton Internet Security provides essential Internet protection for your home PC. If you spend a lot of time online - especially if you have a cable modem or DSL line - you need a strong defense against Internet threats. Norton Internet Security stops all sorts of viruses, malicious Java applets and ActiveX controls, and even hackers - before they can access your valuable data. If you encounter an unknown virus, just send it to the experts at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) and they'll get back to you promptly with a cure.
With Norton Internet Security, you also get powerful tools to safeguard confidential information on your PC from unwanted visitors. Use them to protect credit-card numbers, bank-account information, and other personal data. Worried about what your children might find on the Internet? Norton Internet Security helps you restrict their access to specified Web sites, newsgroups, and other areas of the Internet. It also lets you prevent them from submitting personal information through Web forms without your approval. You can even block annoying banner ads, pop-up windows, and other Web page clutter.