18 April 2017, Comments: Comments Off on Norton and USB: What’s New and Noteworthy?

 April 2017         Ian Chiu

Without question, Norton has been one of the world’s leading providers of security programs for computers and mobile devices for many years. But to remain a trustworthy provider of anti-virus and anti-malware software, you’ve consistently got to be innovative and remarkable. So, let’s take a look at what Norton has been up to concerning everything USB related.

Software to cover up to eight devices

Although marketed as a solution for small businesseses, Norton’s Security Online can, in theory, be of use to anyone who wishes to have the same level of security on all of their devices. With this software, a home computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone, for example, could all share the same program to protect against viruses, spyware, phishing attempts, and so on. What some Everything USB readers might find most useful is perhaps the backup feature, as important files can be encrypted and then saved onto a USB stick, hard drive, or even a CD/DVD.

An improved router

Named the Core, Norton’s latest product is a WiFi router that can essentially act as a first defense gadget against online threats and even hackers. Anything with an internet connection is covered, so even an IoT refrigerator is protected by the router. Interestingly, the Core also updates itself automatically so as to be on top of any brand new malware or virus threats that may arise. The Core contains a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, four Ethernet ports 1GB RAM, and two USB 3.0 ports for those wishing to connect a USB printer or a NAS hard drive.

Recovery tool

Even though Norton pride themselves on defending your devices from malware and viruses, they have even created something to assist you if things get really bad. Their Bootable Recovery Tool is a downloadable ISO image that can be used as rescue media on a DVD or USB stick. With this, it would be possible to scan and hopefully remove any threat from your computer.

With online safety being one of the biggest concerns facing everyone in 2017, it will be very interesting to see what ideas Norton and other security companies come up with in the future. One could state that by simply going online you’re opening yourself up to cyber threats, but as so much of our lives is conducted via the internet, devising impenetrable hardware and software to protect users is right now more important than ever.

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