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I threw up a little in my mouth. I couldn't help it. I'd used Norton before - it was an intrusive resource hog. And it pestered me to renew it so often that I'd flip the bird at the monitor before closing the annoying pop-up window.
Needless to say, Norton is NOT compensating me for this review (but they should. Keep reading).
Anyway, back to our new software, Norton 360. It protects you from everything but heat rash from sitting at the computer too long.
It doesn't seem to slow down the laptop when it's running in the background - and for that, I will sing its praises.
But its real power lies in a little package called Norton Online Family.
With it, I can monitor and control what The Boy does online.
Cue evil laugh.
And when his favorite porn site is blocked? "Oops, I guess it fits into Norton's pornography category. I don't control what it stops. They do all the research."
The Mister walked into the room one day and found him watching some girl-on-girl action. Eww.
It also blocks religion (don't get him started on the evils of Scientology), mature content, computer hacking and several other criteria to keep The Boy's mind from being more warped than it already is. He was spending a lot of time on a role playing site, where I had no control over who he was typing to, nor what subject matter was discussed.
Have I mentioned that it's available for download, and it's FREE? Get it here!
Since it's been activated, I see a slight change in his attitude. Perhaps viewing all that inappropriate content was making him feel like he was in charge, like he was entitled to do whatever he wants.
This family can handle only ONE evil genius. Me.
Now? When he wanted to use findagrave.com (which was blocked in the Religion category), he had to ask my permission. I have the authority to override any site that Norton deems unacceptable.
So now, I get the final say on what he does online. I get a report of all approved sites that he visits and an immediate email message for every questionable site he attempts to open - thus providing us with an opportunity to discuss more appropriate choices.
I hope this sense of power doesn't go to my head.
Let me know if you're looking for some porn URLs that The Boy thought were worthy of a look. I'll hook ya up. I do, however, require a valid state-issued ID to determine your age (always the fine print).