Norton and ESET both have intuitive interfaces, and they share the same installation process for all platforms. Both programs offer a simple and straightforward sign-up process, as well as installation. You can also add additional features during checkout. Both Norton and ESET will detail the cost of a whole-year subscription, so you know exactly what you are paying for.

Both programs were awarded high marks in tests conducted by AV Comparatives and have similar features to help protect your device from malware. For instance both programs include a password manager, however ESET’s is more advanced due to the ability to recognize when your passwords are being used on different websites and alert you of any suspicious activities. It also comes with an anti-phishing feature and it will warn you of links on social media that are soliciting information from you or may contain ransomware.

Another feature I like is the capability to encrypt files with industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption, something that other antivirus programs don’t offer in their cheapest plans. The software also includes security assessments, which can help pinpoint your weak points and improve your cybersecurity.

The most recent version of ESET’s antivirus software features a new tool known as “Secure Data,” which is an anti-ransomware tool that can identify modifications to your files that aren’t authorized and block them. The company also recently introduced an Identity Alert System, which will immediately notify you whether there’s a suspicious activity on your credit card or other details that could be a sign of identity theft.