The latest version of the ever-popular Norton Internet Security brings some much needed updates and improvements to an otherwise first-rate product that was beginning to groan under its own weight. As before, Norton Internet Security 2008 has a good collection of tools and utilities, offering all the usual ‘antis' - virus, spyware and phishing as well as a firewall. Norton Internet Security 2008 adds the Norton Identity Safe privacy tool, a network security and management tool, BrowserDefender for browser attacks plus improved help and performance.
All in all, the Norton Internet Security 2008 feature list is very similar to that of the more expensive Norton 360, with the principal exception of the data backup. Antispam and parental controls can also be added, via the optional Add-On Pack. You can install Norton Internet Security 2008 on up to three PCs, so it offers good value for money. One surprising omission from Norton Internet Security 2008, however, is Norton AntiBot, a real-time malware detector - SONAR, for the record, only operates during scans. While you might think this protection against bots is a key element of internet security, it remains a £20 extra.
As with Norton AntiVirus 2008, Norton Internet Security 2008 has had a paint job, though the layout of the main screen is just like that of Norton Internet Security 2007. It's simplicity itself to use - if you don't see a big green tick, hit the Fix It button and Norton Internet Security 2008 will take care of it. As with Norton AntiVirus 2008, fine configuration options seem to have disappeared, making it less easy to fine tune.