Norton's 360 security suite has become extremely popular in the two years since it was first released, and aims to provide an all-in-one solution for online security, as well as keeping your laptop tuned up for optimum performance.

The latest addition in version 3.0 is Norton Safe Web, which rates every website and advises you whether it is safe or not to view the page. The package also includes a clever feature which provides e-commerce safety ratings on websites, which help you make an informed decision as to whether you can safely trade with a specific online retailer or not.

Features making a welcome return include Norton Identity Safe, which helps you manage your online identity by securely storing passwords and usernames, as well as preventing keylogger programs from getting hold of information you type into your keyboard.

There is also a back-up feature to ensure you never lose data in case of loss or damage to your laptop – including 2GB of online storage space – and a tune-up feature which ensures your laptop is always running at optimal performance.

We found the software easy and comfortable to use, and it requires very little intervention once set up. The features are simple to use and, provide a good level of protection for your laptop.

Whether you upgrade from version 2.0 depends on what you primarily use your laptop for. The principle update here is the Safe Web feature mentioned above. If you use your laptop for online shopping, or spend a lot of time browsing the web, then we'd recommend the update, as it is a useful and informative feature. However, if you don't do either of the above, you may not find it worth the money.

If you're a first-time buyer of security software, then Norton 360 version 3.0 is a fantastic and easy-to-use, all-in-one option. If you're considering upgrading from version 2.0, however, then make sure to decide if you need and would make use of the Norton Safe Web feature.

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