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Norton Vs Trendmicro – Battle Of Stalwarts
July 13, 2012:
Social Sites Security
Today, one of the most important aspects of a security suite is its ability to protect you in your online activities, especially on social sites like Facebook.
Trend Micro has a link scanner that scans all the links posted on your page and alerts you to potential security risks. It checks against its constantly updated virus signatures database online to keep you safe from false links that can take you to dangerous sites.
Norton’s Facebook security feature is available as a Facebook App, which, if added, always scans you Facebook page for risky links and keeps you safe. In addition, Norton provides a feature called Identity Safe. You can store all your online IDs and Passwords here. Norton will encrypt them and keep them safe for you.
Norton has the edge in this aspect of Online Protection.
Trend Micro comes with security Apps for iOS and Android. These apps provide several features like mobile tracking, number blocking and keeping you safe from malware while surfing. Norton also comes with a good set of mobile security features that keep you safe while you communicate using your mobile appliances.
Both Trend Micro and Norton cover this aspect of security well and keep you safe while on the move. It is a tie here.
Real Time Protection
Trend Micro provides good protection while you are surfing, protecting you against virus, spyware and other intrusive threats that can gain entry in several different ways – Harmful Websites, Fraudulent Emails, through Instant Messaging and so on. But it still has certain weaknesses that malwares can use to avoid detection and gain entry to the system.
Norton’s Real Time protection is top-notch; it keeps updating its database against new threats all the time, and easily recognizes threats and alerts you to possible new malware. It recognizes most of the known malware and keeps you protected all the time, whether you are online or off line.
Norton wins in this aspect as it keeps more up to date in its malware recognition and is fast in recognizing and preventing new threats.
Trend Micro does a decent job of clearing your system of recognized virus and other malware. But its implementation of monitoring and clearing threats contains a few holes which can let potentially harmful programs slip through. Norton does a great job of detecting and eliminating most kinds of threats. It is also excellent at removing virus, spyware and other malware. It works swiftly, removing the malware and also clearing all traces left behind by the threat. Its various components blend in and work together nicely to keep your system clear of harmful intrusions.
Norton Security wins in this aspect. Its implementation of threat recognition and removal is significantly higher, though Trend Micro is improving with each version in its coverage of threats.
Storage and Backup
Trend Micro provides its users with 10 GB of online storage. You can backup all your sensitive data here, as well as quite a few media files if you so want. Your data is encrypted and kept safe. You can easily recover all your important data that you have stored here in case of a bad system crash.
Norton comes with just 2 GB of backup space. While this might be good enough to back up important data, more storage to accommodate media files would have been welcome. Trend Micro wins here, it provides more space for Synchronization/Backup .
Both Trend Micro and Norton provide comprehensive security cover for your system, protecting it from all kinds of malware. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Trend Micro scores better in ease of use and in having less impact on system performance. Norton has consistently proved better at detecting and preventing threats and at clearing existing malware on your system.
Norton has been better at implementing heuristic techniques to detect new threats and eliminating them. Trend Micro now uses cloud technology in its security implementation. This means that the program is not entirely dependent on the virus database that it has on your system. It has a network of information that is constantly updated and so can be used to look up new, zero-day threats to prevent attacks on your system or network.
Eventually, which one you choose comes down to personal preferences. While Norton provides better overall security, it has been consistently unpopular among many users for its huge impact on system performance. It perceptibly slows down your system. The company is working to lessen their footprint on system resources, but the problem still remains.
Trend Micro has a much easier-to-handle User Interface and has much less impact on your system resources. It lags behind Norton in certain security features, though the newer versions are promising much better implementation of Malware detection and removal.
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