There are a few things that come along with becoming an adult. You have to become sensible about your expenses, start filing taxes, worry about your career and plan your future, all at once.
More so on the simplest of levels, adulting brings along its own changes. You don’t rely on your parents to do all your work and in fact, you get work done for both for yourself and your parents. To help, Modern technology makes itself a part of your life, helps you function and enroll yourself into the new world of responsibilities.
With technology, comes the privilege of using them and ensuring that you can keep using them, especially a new mobile phone or a PC, since nothing comes cheap in this world. Also, privacy has become a major cause of concern for everyone, as developments happen in the very same technology that you rely on.
An Antivirus is important!
Just having a PC/laptop is not the end of the line. You need to know how to make it work and ensure that it works well.
The best way to do so? Get an Antivirus to save yourself from a lot of pain. As soon as you buy a device, getting An Antivirus is of utmost importance.
To help you, we have compared two popular ones – Avast and Norton so that you make the right choice as per your convenience.
Recent Antivirus Comparsions:
Norton vs Avast Comparsion 2019
Brief history check:
Norton is manufactured by Symantec Corporation and started its journey under founder Peter Norton back in 1990. Symantec Corporation later purchased the Antivirus software and has been a market player ever since, providing top-notch services. The company is based out of Mountain View, California.
Plans, Features & Pricing: Norton
Norton security has mostly 4 popular plans to choose from. The plans are all differently priced and provide different services to suit the needs of different users.
1. Norton Antivirus Basic
This plan works for anyone who only uses a single windows PC at home or work. It works all anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and anti-ransomware features. Moreover, it provides protection for your financial and private information, which means that it saves you against any online monetary threats and social media data hacks. It comes for 60 US dollars/first year.
2. Norton Security standard
This plan works best if you are unsure about the functionality of your choice of anti-virus. It comes at 80 USD/first years and comes with a return guarantee if your computer is not virus free. It covers all features of the basic plan and gives a smart two-way firewall with it. It is flexible and can be used on one device, either a PC/MAC/mobile phone.
3. Norton security deluxe
This can be accessed up to 5 devices ranging from Windows to Macs or even mobile phones. In fact, it comes with a file clean up tool and a web management portal to manage all your devices in one place. It comes for 90 USD /first year.
4. Norton security premium
One step further, this plan works well if you want it for your family or your small business startup. It covers 10 devices, all types and includes all features of the above- mentioned plans. Moreover, it comes with 75 GB cloud storage, parental protection, VPN service and automatic back-up services. It comes for 100 USD/first year.
Common features like Webcam protection, password manager and browser extensions are available in all plans. You can easily avail a one-month trial for these plans and choose your option. Moreover, you could also opt for the basic plan and separately buy any other required additional services.
Languages and models supported:
Norton has a major advantage here. It covers multiple popular languages like English, German, Chinese and French. It also covers the lesser known languages like Turkish, Italian and Dutch. Each plan is compatible with Windows ranging from XP to 10. Higher charging plans also work for MAC or mobile phones.
In fact, Norton provides support to tablets and other mobile related devices if one requires.
Userface and support:
All plans have a 24*7 tech support system for its users. With that, there is a live chat service, faqs on the website and support pages with customer forums for discussions as well.
However what Norton does miss out upon is an attractive, customer friendly userface. It has a complex userface with zero categorization which could be a problem for any new user.
Avast antivirus –
Brief history check:
As the name suggests, it is developed by Avast and has Vince Steckler as its current CEO. The company actually started in 1988 as Alwil and was rebranded in 2010 as Avast. It has its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic. It is also listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Plans, Features & Pricing:
1. Avast Free Antivirus
It is free antivirus protection, comes with a browser cleanup, password manager, Wi-Fi inspector and a smart scan option. It is very considerable with its bunch of features available at zero costs. It targets home users and have a completely non-commercial system.
2. Avast Internet Security
Along with all the features of the free antivirus plan, this gives ransomware protection, anti-spamming, firewall and sandbox at a cost of 60 USD /first year. It also scans your emails for junk and ensures behaviour protection.
2. Avast Ultimate
The main additional feature is the VPN secure line under this plan. It comes with all the features of the above plan and also has a 24*7 customer support system with premium password and cleanup service. However, it only covers one PC at 119.99 USD/first year.
Language and models supported:
Avast only covers the English language initially. However, you can use their online guide to shift to any of the other 45 languages which they provide in their plans. The models mentioned above are Windows only and provide quality features for any Windows device. Avast has separate plans and services available for purchase for MAC users like Avast Security and Avast Security Pro.
Userface and support:
Avast has an interactive and attractive userface. It is dark, segregated and has a separate section to check on various services. Moreover, like Norton, Avast has a customer support webpage with faqs, manuals and useful information. However, it does not have a 24*7 customer support system for any plans except the costliest Avast Ultimate plan.
Who’s the Winner?
Avast wins when it comes to providing free software, but it lacks the right system performance. Norton on the other hand might charge money but provides value with its high range of features and languages. Avast has a better userface while Norton has a spot-on customer support system. As a customer, now you need to prioritize what you want, for how much do you want it and for what do you need it.
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