Norton: The N word

The N word is still a very powerful and divisive word. Merely uttering the N word in the wrong crowd can be dangerous to the point of potential physical harm.

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So why is “Norton” such a controversial word in the tech community?

Well it dates back to the early days of anti-virus software. A simpler time when hackers and virus makers were starting to blossom into a real pain for regular software and hardware developers. This new world order of internet vigilantes required some heavy-handed tactics to keep them in check. This is the time when Norton got a reputation for being too invasive and too difficult to remove. I think the idea was that if the antivirus was ingrained into the most inaccessible parts of your system then the bad guys would never be able to get in there, and to a degree their approach was successful. There were however a band of tech folk that frowned on this approach and took it upon themselves to give Norton a bad rap and said things like “the virus risk was less an issue than the software installed to keep it out”. Of course, the days of the old west are over now and they have refined these applications to be less invasive, less power hungry and much more effective. We now live in a time where we can embrace Norton and hold it close, not forgetting the past but looking to the future with a fresh perspective and a desire to make things right for all technologies.

Error The folks at Symantec have had a tough time shaking off the shackles of past versions but have done so with great enthusiasm and enormous success. I’ve been using Norton Security Premium for the last couple of months now across multiple devices. It’s running on my PC, my tablety laptop thing, and on my mobile phone. Having only used limited free anti-virus type software in the past this was a big step for me going to a full featured version and I certainly had some reservations. Many people I mentioned it to would frown on my choice even while they couldn’t offer me a real reason why they didn’t like it. When you ask people in the tech community for advice on internet security they all agree you need some form of it but no one will say with conviction what you are best to use. So, it really comes down to your budget or just going with what your friends are using. For me the most annoying part of using free software was the adverts, fear mongering, and false accusations it makes against your computer. The constant pop ups announcing certain doom unless you cough up some credit card details or install another piece of software. It’s atrocious and they should be outlawed for the misinformation they serve up daily. To the less computer savvy this can cause massive anxiety and in some cases, will cause people to use either no security software or to simply stop using their computer all together. We need to be supporting each other in the fight against internet threats and encourage each other to vaccinate our devices against them. Because that’s effectively what we are doing when we install antivirus security software, we are vaccinating against digital infections. But I digress.

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Norton: The N word




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