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It may be cheaper to buy 2012 version first!,
This review is from: Norton Internet Security 2013 - 1 User / 3 PC [Old Version] (Software)
First, I want to point out that for the first time in a long time, I've found security software that runs quietly in the background without hogging system resources, and without getting in my way. I am impressed that Symantec has finally addressed this.
Second, and more importantly (because it may save you money!): I just purchased the 2012 version of this product. From within the 2012 software, there is an option to update to the 2013 version for free. Installing the 2012 version only took about a minute. Downloading and installing the 2013 update only took a couple more minutes.
The moral of the story? Before you purchase this version, see if the 2012 version is still available. If it is, and it's cheaper, get it! You'll end up with the 2013 version anyway, and you'll save a few bucks.
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Initial post: Oct 10, 2012 8:00:09 PM PDT
does the upgrade apply to the "disk" buying instead of direct download?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2012 4:49:29 AM PDT
N. Krumpe says:
I purchased the disk version of NIS 2012 (3 PCs/1 Year version). It allowed me to update online to the latest version of NIS for free (right now, it says I'm running version 220.127.116.11, which is NIS 2013). So, it applied to the disk version for me.
I would assume that buying either the disk or the download version of 2012 would be identical in terms of the updating you can do, but I can only vouch for the disk version. Hope this helps!
Posted on Oct 18, 2012 4:34:49 AM PDT
I had the 2012 version installed on my computer in November 2011. I called Symantecs about the free 2013 update. They told me that the 2013 update will be good only until my current subscription ends in November 2012. After that, I have to pay for the 2013 version.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012 9:11:29 AM PDT
N. Krumpe says:
Even there, you ought to weigh the cost of 3 different options: How much does Symantec charge for a one-year upgrade? How much do they charge for buying the 2011 boxed version? How much do they charge for buying the 2012 boxed version? I believe that all three lead you to the same end result: one more year of protection with the latest version of NIS.
It seems to me that what you are really paying for is "one year of protection and updates". There's just lots of different routes for buying that year, and they don't all cost the same.
Posted on Oct 23, 2012 8:10:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2012 8:16:33 PM PDT
Disk, download, it doesn't matter. You can upgrade for free to the newest version for as long as your current license is active. Of course, they are not going to extend your license with free upgrades, since the license is what you're actually paying for. To upgrade, open NIS and click on the "Support" tab, then select "New Version Check". If you're not running the latest version, the site will walk you through download and installation. After the installation is complete, be sure to run Live Update right away. There will be a ton of new definitions already available.
By the way, I'm running 2013 on two machines with absolutely no issues. The only noticeable difference is that the Identity Vault has a new look, but it has been streamlined and is much more seamless in my opinion. I found the one in 2012 to be a bit buggy, especially in Firefox. Just my experience.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 5:35:19 PM PST
D. Perez says:
You are correct, it applies in the disc version and the download version too.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 6:13:03 AM PST
Just to echo Knest: there is no free lunch here. I followed Knest's instructions (for the disk version)
and got the latest version of the software installed -- and then (no surprise) was informed that my license
to use it would expire when it was going to expire in 2013 anyway. So, I will be making my annual Norton
purchase as usual.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 7:12:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 8:15:17 AM PST
Deborah Cook says:
I already have Norton 360 installed due to expire on 12/21. Do i need to delete the 2012 version and/or download or reinstall the internet security 2013. Norton wants $84. to renew n-360 but i can buy it for $19.95. Would I still have to pay Norton the $84 for license renewal? Also, what's the difference between Norton 360 an Norton Internet Security?? Thanks for your help!!
Posted on Nov 25, 2012 10:52:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012 11:27:42 AM PST
B. Allen says:
Posted on Nov 27, 2012 12:16:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 12:39:08 AM PST
B.Allen: Yes the free upgrade is available without having to own any stock, but as symbolic pointed out, Symantic is not in the business of handing out free lunches. The key point in your comments was that your current license only had a week left. I suspect that there may be a cutoff point for the upgrade and you simply did not have enough time left on your license.
As for the upgrade price, you will always pay too much buying directly from Symantec, so you need to shop around. I upgraded three machines to 2013 for free a couple of months before my 2012 license expired. Costco recently had the 3-machine NIS 2013 on special for $25, so I got it and waited until my expiration date at which point I renewed the license for another year by simply submitting the new activation number. No reinstallation needed. As with all other security programs, you're not actually buying the software, you're just leasing it via the licensing process. So if you take a little initiative and do your homework, you won't need to imply that people are lying to you.