Updated 14 Mar 2017

Norton by Symantec

Norton Security Standard

Snapshot: Norton by Symantec Norton Security Standard has anti-phishing and anti-spam features. How well can it protect your computer?

Norton Security Standard
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Test results

Overall score
Ease of use
System impact

Good points

  • Good protection.
  • OK to use.
  • Minimal system impact.
  • Apple macOS version available.
  • Has anti-spam protection.
  • Has anti-phishing protection.


  • No banking protection feature.

How we test

Overall score:

  • Protection (65%)
  • Ease of use (25%)
  • System impact (10%)

Protection includes:

  • Anti-malware performance including on-demand scanning, malware detection, false positive malware detection, URL protection and real-world protection from known malicious websites.
  • Firewall performance including features and settings aw well as incoming and outgoing protection – incoming protection tests the firewall’s ability to detect and prevent external scans; outgoing protection tests the ability to detect and prevent unauthorised data being sent outward to the internet, including sensitive data such as credit card details.

Ease of use takes into account: installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the user help such as guidance, help menu and options and updating the software.

System impact includes assessment of the software’s use of disk space and memory plus its effect on boot time and on common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Key data

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Number of PCs on licence
Licence period (years)
Version tested


Similar version for Mac OS
Windows 8 integration
Windows 10 supported
Parental controls
Banking protection feature
E-mail scanner
POP3 protection incoming messages in Windows Live Mail
IMAP4 protection of incoming messages in Windows Live Mail
Settings password protected
Offline help
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
Download of a bootable USB key
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
Can create a bootable USB key
Minimum requirements - Processor
800 MHz processor Win XP; 1GHz processor Windows Vista, 7, 8, Win 10;
Minimum requirements - RAM
256 MB of RAM for Windows XP; 512 of RAM for Windows Vista; 1GBof RAM 32-bit or 2 GB RAM 64-bit for Windows 10/8/7; Minimum of 512MB RAM required for Recovery Tool;
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
300 MB
Recommended requirements - Processor
No recommended requirements.
Recommended requirements - RAM
No recommended requirements.
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
No recommended requirements.
Software requirements - Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8.0 or higher, 32-bit and 64-bit; Mozilla Firefox®, 32-bit and 64-bit; Google Chrome™, 32-bit and 64-bit.

More Info


This security software isn’t available on the Norton NZ website, though it is available at certain retailers in NZ, such as PBTech. You can also download Norton Security Standard from the US website.

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