When I travel, I should carry my laptop and phone tucked inside a steel briefcase, handcuffed to my wrist. After all, I carry an "Ehm"-pire around with me, a responsibility I don't take lightly. I have all things related to YummyMummyClub.ca's inner workings tucked away on my laptop and phone and it STRESSES me out. My mind races with frightening scenarios: what if someone hacked in and stole Canned Soup Mom’s next viral recipe or scooped Mummy Buzz? Even worse, what if someone got a hold of all the personal emails from the #YMCCommunity that I hold so dear. Although I'm being a little lighthearted about this, the reality is that it’s a big duty and I take it very seriously.
It’s not just my YMC data I worry about. I wring my hands about my own little corner of the Internet and all my social media accounts. The anxiety of losing work-related material pales in comparison to the thought of losing my thousands of personal photos, my banking information, my writing, and my personal correspondence. I'm having heart palpitations just thinking about the information on my tech devices.
As a travel writer, I open myself up to unknown tech attacks in foreign countries as well. The computer is not only how I make my living, it’s where I store some of my most important memories. Just as I protect my home with an alarm system, my computer deserves the same protection.
That’s why I fell in love with all the amazing features Norton Security has to offer - it’s total piece of mind. Norton has been a trusted name in Internet security for over 20 years now. They work tirelessly to stay on top of ever increasing technology threats such as viruses, phishing attacks, spyware, adware, botnets, works, Trojan horses, blended threats and DOS attacks. If that last sentence read like Greek to you, you're not alone. Who on earth can possibly keep up with this stuff? I can barely set up a new email account without help, so I need to rely on the experts when it comes to security.
Here are 10 reasons why Norton Security helps me sleep a little sounder at night:
Let's just get to the biggest one right away. Norton Security works with ALL the technology. That's right, it's compatible with Mac, PC, Android, and iOS. Most tech-savvy families have at least two different platforms in the house. Norton protects every one and every device. (I just saw your shoulders relax.)
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of comprehensive antivirus and anti-spyware capabilities. While the methods of attack are way over my head, the realities of having one occur are scary; there's just too much to lose.
It's not uncommon to Google something innocent only to be shocked at the search results. With impressionable kids in the house, and one horror story behind me, I love that Norton Security avoids unsafe websites. It also avoids suspicious downloads. This is key for trigger happy kids who like to click on everything and don't have a discerning eye for suspicious emails yet. Free puppies?!!!! Click, click, click.
Nobody likes spam and nobody ever inherited 3.2 million Euros from an exiled Prince in Africa. Norton rocks the anti-spam and anti-phishing detail.
Growing up, my husband's family home burned down...twice. Aside from incredibly bad luck, they also lost everything. When I would ask his Mom what the hardest thing about that time was, she would always well up and say the pictures. It always brought a lump to my throat. That's why I LOVE that Norton automatically backups 25 GB worth of photos, movies and files to secured online storage.
Note: This backup feature is only included in Norton Security with Backup, you can see the Norton product comparison chart here.
I read an article recently that said humans have a shorter attention span than goldfish now. Wait; what was I saying?
This must explain why I never know where I left my damn phone. No surprise here when I tell you that Norton has got you covered. Lost phones and tablets are easily found. Remote locate pinpoints the exact location of your device on a map. When the map shows that it's your house (as it often does mine) a scream alarm helps me quickly locate it.
In my opinion there's nothing worse than having your device stolen. It's tantamount to having someone rifle through your underwear drawer. If your device is stolen, Norton can help locate it much like it does when it's lost but they also have the coolest feature ever. Sneak Peek uses the built-in webcam to take a photo of anyone using your Android device, using the front-facing camera, once you list it lost or stolen. Boom. Take that bad guys. If you're not able to retrieve your phone in the end, Remote Wipe can erase all the information on your phone.
You might be the most diligent person ever when it comes to clicking funny looking links but let's talk about your "friends," because sometimes they're not so bright. They can leave you open to all kinds of attacks on Facebook. Norton's Facebook wall scanning tags all links as safe or risky. Don't take your friend's word for it, trust Norton.
I don't mean to show off, but I have a direct line to Erica Ehm. I have countless contacts stored on my phone that I absolutely cannot afford to lose. As an entrepreneur, contacts are everything and so I love that Norton backs up my contacts and easily restores them should I ever have my device stolen or lost.
My identity is valuable to me. Trust me, the world only needs one Candace Derickx. Rounding out my top ten is the total 360 security that Norton offers every single aspect of my online life. I lie awake for a multitude of reasons at night, but fear of losing all my personal information isn't one of them.