Norton 360 is an anti-virus software program which was released by Symantec in early 2007. Norton 360 offers several features that are similar to Symantec's previous security products and its competitors, Windows Live OneCare and McAfee Total Protection. For instance, it offers features such as antivirus, antispyware, and firewall protection as well as email scanning and intrusion prevention. But this new and improved anti-virus software program provides a much better security service than its predecessors or competitors. Norton 360's new features include phishing protection, authentification of websites, data backup and restore with 2GB of free space and encryption of data. Norton 360 is also most known for its feature to work automatically without asking the user for input and make decisions about important tasks every time. It creates less hassles and problems for the user and has been very popular for this new feature.
However, all new gadgets or new programs have their own share of bugs or problems for which they have been criticized for. For example, Norton 360 has been criticized for not supporting Mozilla Firefox and Opera for phishing filters. Users have also reported bugs in the program. For instance, some parts of Norton 360 may cause Windows Internet Explorer 7 to not respond and some have also complained that it is a bit too user friendly. Other problems include the slow backup and restore feature, its lack of ability to scan individual files and its lack of several tools.
The second version of Norton 360 is still in development and will be released during the end of February 2008.