Norton Security Review- iPhone

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Score 9.5

Threat Protection

  • 24/7 Full Cyber-Protection
  • Smart Firewall Protection
  • Dark Web Monitoring
  • Advanced Parental Control
  • Gaming Compatibility
  • Identity Protection
  • SafeCam Protection
  • Device Tune-up
Plans & Prices:
  • 360 Standard:
    £24.99 per year per device
  • 360 Deluxe:
    £19.99 per year for five devices
  • 360 Premium:
    £44.99 per year for five devices

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Most of us are well-informed about the need to secure our computers with some kind of antivirus system, to protect it from a data breach, infectious files, even a steal. Most of us have at least some level of protection for PC or Mac computers installed, but when it comes to smartphones, people are surprisingly more careless, even clueless.

You probably might think that, unlike desktop computers, smartphones don’t need any antivirus software. Especially if it’s an iPhone because it’s safe and secure on its own, right? Or is it?

Safe to say that the main reason for security software is to help you avoid your own mistakes: installing apps and opening files that are not what they appear to be.

So there are dedicated features like Download Intelligence by Norton Security, that helps you decide whether or not downloads are safe to install to protect against malware before any harm is made. And now that all of our banking and passwords are on our iPhones, the damages can be dramatic.

The mobile device holds much more private data, it is exposed to unsecured network connections, pop-up notifications that we open automatically, links from social networks and so on. So the truth is smartphones in general, and your favorite iPhone you take everywhere particularly, are in the most vulnerable for cyber threats category of devices.

Moreover, it was still 2016, when the first custom targeted iPhone spyware was discovered by the security labs.

Norton, aka Norton by The Symantec Corporation, is without a doubt one of the most widely known and used antivirus and security software distributors.

Norton Mobile Security for iOS can help protect against the various ways these attacks can get into your devices, such as Wi-Fi man-in-the-middle attacks, malicious websites, and operating system exploits.

In the 2017 test year, “Symantec Norton Mobile Security” managed to perfectly protect corporate users deploying a BYOD strategy, along with the ever-growing number of private devices.

During our research on antivirus software, we’ve identified five key criteria for you to consider when choosing an antivirus software: 1. Threat Protection 2. Resource consumption 3. 24/7 protection/real-time scanning 4. Extra must-have features 5. Platforms/Devices accessibility. Our reviews will examine each antivirus software in accordance with how well it delivers on these five criteria.

How Norton Security meets the 5 criteria?

1. Threat Protection

SONAR Protection
Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR) is Norton Security’s most unique feature, providing real-time protection against threats and proactively detecting unknown security risks on your smartphone by monitoring the behavior of applications and identifying emerging threats. SONAR Advanced Mode settings assist with the removal of a potential threat.

Web Protection
helps detect and safeguard you from navigation to fraudulent and malicious websites when using your preferred browser, app, SMS, MMS, email and social networking sites. A security solution that protects you against all kinds of threats, including phishing attacks that try to persuade you to share personal info, passwords, bank info, et cetera. Norton Security protects you from this type of attack by blocking phishing content.

Device Security.
An outdated iOS operating system or lack the latest security patches can create vulnerabilities and opportunities for cybercriminals. Device Security is designed to warn you when your operating system is out of date, so you can take action to protect your device against vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals to take control of it or steal your personal information.

Wi-Fi Security
uses advanced scanning to help detect and notify you about unsecured Wi-Fi networks, and those under attack by cybercriminals eavesdropping on your Wi-Fi connection to steal or glean personal information from the web sites you visit, accessing other devices on your network, infecting your device with malware, or using your internet connection to perform illegal activities.

2. Resource Consumption

Norton Security comes with a feature to make sure your device keeps running smoothly without any performance issues. The so-called Background Task feature postpones certain tasks and only performs them when you are not using your smartphone or when the gadget is running on external power. This extends the battery life and improves the performance of your device. The Power Saving Mode is on by default and makes sure no background tasks are performed while the smartphone runs on battery power. As soon as the smartphone runs on external power again, the suspended background processes will resume.

In general, Norton doesn’t use a lot of the available CPU power.

3. 24/7 Real-time Scanning

Norton Security’s Auto-Protect feature is constantly scanning your smartphone, working in the background. It is complemented by the SONAR Protection feature that provides real-time protection against threats and proactively detects unknown security risks, and the Download Intelligence feature that protects you from unsafe files that you download from your browser.

4. Extra Protection Features

  • Norton Mobile Security iOSis powered by Symantec’s Security Technology and Response (STAR), a self-learning artificial intelligence engine powered by advanced technology. This technology was developed by Skycure Technologies, an expert in predictive threat techniques, and integrated in the Norton Security, after Symantec acquired the Skycure recently.
  • Norton 100% guarantee. All Norton Security packages come with Norton 100% guarantee – Norton’s quality assurance stamp. If you run into any problems during your subscription, Norton experts will work with you to diagnose and remove viruses. It could even result in a refund, in case Symantec is unable to remove a virus from your device.
  • Norton Secure VPN. A VPN encrypts your online activity and helps protect your online privacy, by guarding your activity on a Wi-Fi network, to help protect against snoops and cybercriminals from accessing your information. Norton Secure VPN has servers in 28 countries.

5. Platforms/Devices Accessibility

Norton Security is a so-called multi-device cross-platform solution: it secures any device, regardless of the platform or operating system. Depending on the package you purchase, Norton Security offers the option to protect from one (Standard package) up to ten devices (Premium package). The Premium option, to give you an example, is good for protecting a family of five: everyone’s iPhone, the iPad, the desktop iMac, and the MacBook Pro.

Norton Security Mobile for iPhones or iPads requires them to run the current and previous two versions of Apple iOS operating systems.

Windows OS

Mac OS



User Experience

Norton has extensive experience in developing security software, and they use that experience in a very sensible way. Their current Security suites are very easy to use and surprisingly simple in setup. There’s a reason for this: most users don’t go into the settings and the advanced sections, they merely use the sections displayed on the main page. All the advanced sections have default settings that are sensible for most users anyway, the same goes for the settings page. There are plenty of variables to change there, but if you don’t know what they do, then it doesn’t really make sense to start making changes. Most users will love the setup of the Norton Security packages.


Norton Security Standard

£24.99 / Year

  • Protects 1 PC, 1 Mac or 1 mobile device
  • Defends against viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats
  • Safeguards your personal info and online transactions
  • Includes Norton’s 100% guarantee

Norton Security Deluxe

£29.99 / Year

  • Secures multiple PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets
  • Helps you manage protection for up to 5 devices
  • Safeguards your personal info and online transactions
  • Includes Norton’s 100% guarantee

Norton Security Premium

£39.99 / Year

  • Includes 25 GB of secure online PC storage
  • Provides premium family safety features
  • Secures up to 10 PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets
  • Includes Norton’s 100% guarantee

Support and Customer Service

When you’re in need of assistance, you go to the Help center in the Norton Security tool.

The Help Center in turn links to the website – the Support section on the website is extensive and covers a lot of ground. There is a large FAQ section, and every FAQ offers a list of related FAQs so people can find specific subject relatively easy. There are video tutorials that show in detail how Norton products work. The Norton Community is also a valuable source of info with its forum, its announcement blog, the ‘Connect to Norton’ section that shows the Norton Support social media accounts. It’s understandable that Norton, like most other companies, wants to try and fix issues with canned responses as much as possible as to not overload the physical Support team on duty. But it can be annoying looking for a way to get in touch with a Support representative. You think it is easy at Norton, but both a chat request and a phone request require you to fill out a form in order for them to get back to you, which seems overly

Pros & Cons

  • Functional and easy-to-use interface
  • An extensive number of protection tools
  • Great additional features
  • 30-day free trial
  • An unnecessary long process to chat or talk to Support
  • Product portfolio too large (“what should I choose?”)
  • Only partly cloud-based

Bottom Line

iPhones and iPads are our personal mobile devices, so they carry a lot of sensitive information that may be at risk. The Norton Mobile Security iOS app helps deliver powerful, effective protection for your device and personal information against cyber threats and online scams. Norton Security is a very well thought-trough, safe and friendly system. Highly recommended!