Be better prepared for today's many online threats with Norton Security

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Today's always-on digital world is full of risks, and even the most careful among us is vulnerable to the machinations of hackers and other unscrupulous actors. The news headlines come thick and fast: another trove of stolen data, hacked emails, election influencing, identity theft even entire cities held captive by hackers. (Googling "data breach 2018" sure makes for some dismal reading.)

And it's not only the corporate or country level, either. Malware — the catchall term for any malicious software designed to gain access to or damage a computer, data or networks — is a huge problem for individuals, too. And hackers are increasingly savvy.

That's why it's more important than ever to cover your bases with a multi-prong approach to internet security. Enter Norton by Symantec. It provides a host of products designed to help defend against today's many varied threats.

Start with Norton AntiVirus Basic. This affordable antivirus software helps protect your devices against the whole villainous panoply of online threats, including the rogue's gallery of ransomware, viruses, spyware and malware. With any antivirus program, what you want is speed and fast updates, so that when new threats emerge, you're covered. Once detected, new threats are mitigated by security updates that are deployed quickly to keep your computer abreast of the worst attacks, as long as you have an Internet or data plan and your device is turned on. Also, perks like spam filtering and password management are included.

Need more protection? Be sure to check out the details for the Standard, Deluxe and Premium packages. No matter what you choose, you can breathe easier knowing a number of independent laboratories have confirmed Norton Security's effectiveness, including a AAA rating (the highest available) from SE Labs.

If you work on the road or find yourself gig economy-ing out of the local coffee shop more days than not, it may be worth investing in Norton Secure VPN services. While it can be complicated to explain, a VPN, or virtual private network, creates an encrypted "tunnel" between your network and device, masking your IP address from prying eyes and keeping your data (like credit card numbers) secure within the "walls" of the tunnel. With public WI-FI networks a notorious honeypot for hackers, it may be worth it for you to consider the beefed up protection a VPN provides, especially for what amounts to a few dollars per month.

Norton Security makes a persuasive case for investing in affordable, effective security for yourself and your family. After all, it's a dangerous world online. Stay safe out there.