Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Inbuilt security for peace of mind

Review: Norton Core

In the past I haven’t used Norton products, not for any particular reason, I just haven’t. But, there was something that intrigued me about the Core that warranted me to go out and try it.

So what is the Core, and why am I curious?

As more and more devices in the home are connected to the internet it creates a problem; security. The Core aims to protect not only your computers and phone but all of your devices, even your WiFi-enabled barbecue.

The Core is completely focused on security with its key feature being the ability to individually scan all incoming traffic to your devices, ensuring that you are provided with the safest web browsing experience possible.

Other features of the Core include the ability to ‘pause’ the internet for certain users. For example, you could disable the internet on your children’s devices during dinner time or late at night. Taking this one step further, you can block certain categories of websites for different users, so if you didn’t want children to access adult content, for example, the Core makes this possible.

It also gives you the ability to monitor how much data individual devices are using.

The set-up is simple, all you need is your smartphone. The Norton Core app walks you through with ease, even if you’re not a tech head and within 10 minutes you should be up and running.

The one downside to the Core is that it requires an ongoing subscription for the advanced safety features. When you purchase the Core, the first year’s subscription is included in the purchase price, but it’s your responsibility after that. You can decide not to pay the fee and your Core will still work, it just won’t keep you secure with its advanced safety features.

The Core is an interesting product. It offers security to you and your family, looks amazing and performs well. It’s not for everyone, but for those who want an all-in-one solution for their home internet security, it’s the perfect product.

In Australia, at the time of writing, the Norton Core is exclusive to Harvey Norman and will set you back $399. Deliveries start July 23.