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Kudos5

Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I would like to have the feature to block all network traffic just with two mouse clicks. I think this can be done by creating an additional menuitem in the system tray for this.

ps: the same for 360 as well ;)

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19

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Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I would like to have the feature to block all network traffic just with two mouse clicks. I think this can be done by creating an additional menuitem in the system tray for this.

ps: the same for 360 as well ;)

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19
Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Thanks for the idea. What do other users think? Is this useful? Is it important to you?
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

We used to have a setting like this in a previous release but we removed to give space to other features that we thought are used more often by users. Can you please give us some examples on when you use this option and how often? Other members' votes will weigh on this too :-)
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I think this can be used when you want to scan the PC in cases you think you have virus(es), and you are connected eg. to a LAN network, and no way to disconnect, only to plug out the cable.

The same when you want to play games, watch videos, and you can not disconnect again.

And I read some messages here from users that they could stop some infections (rouge programs) if they could stop all network traffic just with a fast step.

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I think option is good but for me it isn't so useful. For me easier to turn off internet.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I want this feature too. It's easy to control the network traffic with ZoneAlarm and Comodo, but Norton requires you to go several layers deep to do this (assuming you can remember how to do it)

It's tempting to keep Comodo installed (but disabled) alongside Norton just to be able to quickly stop the net if one thinks that suspicious activity is going on.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I approve this idea. But my question is, how this feature works now? Is it disabling somehow driver for network card or what?

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I miss the easy access of this feature from the taskbar.

Mitka

Mitka - NSwBu 22.0.0.91 | WIN 8 x64 Pro | IE 11
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Could help isolate infected pc's in a network - with the amount of home networks now-a-days, very useful! Could also nearly be a "panic button"? i.e. Something thinks they are being hacked, or port-scanned, they simply right click on Norton and close all connections, and thats that.

"The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot."- Mark Twain
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Once in a while I get paranoid about something happening on one of my machines and I want to shut down Internet access quickly while I test to see what may be running. I don't necessarily want to take down the whole network by pulling the router power supply, just temporarily protect the one machine. Getting to the ethernet cable on the back is not easy or quick. When I was using free ZoneAlarm + NAV, it was easy. The tray icon for ZA had a choice to block the Internet immediately. Now I'm using NIS 2010 and it seems that I have to open the program and go through several steps that are not all that self evident.
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

PS: I don't think REMOVING protections quickly via the taskbar is nearly as useful as maximizing protection via an Internet block.
Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I like this idea too, as having used Zone Alarm, and now PCTools Firewall, both having that option, it make it a nice feature, as mattsegers said, a quick "panic button" option. My new Laptop does have a WLAN disconnect button, but it would still be a nice feature for older laptops.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Yup please add a shortcut to it so that we can access it via the system tray menu

Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Please RESTORE this function!!!.   This is exactly the way it worked a few years ago --circa 2004 or 2006 versions.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

All the ideas and comments behind this topic referred to disabling incoming and outgoing network traffics from the computer. As everyone of us aware that we do have network activity status in system tray which has the option to disable the network traffic in and out of the computer. I would suggest to make use of this feature instead of adding a new feature to Norton interface front panel. Adding this feature in Norton would cause difficult time who uses the computer without adequate knowledge. (rather they would like to click on all links available in new product which has been installed :( )

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I like this idea, everyone else offers it. As for the network status icon in the tray, nothing newer than XP offers the option to disable from the tray, so for those of us on a modern OS, it is not redundant. Besides, disabling a network interface vs. blocking traffic are different things with different results. No reason not to do it. Or, Norton could do like one of their competitors (that I won't name) and have a standard/advanced interface option, where the advanced would offer options like this and the standard would not.
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I would like to see this option available by right clicking on the Norton Icon in the systme tray.

I use the NIS  "Block All Network Traffic" funtion quit regualarly when I leave my computer, and it would be nice to have this option quickly available at the Norton task bar icon, than to have to search for it thru the Network Menu.

Thanks,

BY

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I previously requested this feature about 2 years ago. 

Like Zaede, I also remember when it was a Norton feature.

It was very handy if you suddenly realise you are downloading malware or there is an unexpected large volume of traffic between your PC and the net.

Add it to the right click menu of the notification area icon you should.

Regards

Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I also remember this feature from the older days.

I miss it and definitely want it back.

Mitka

Mitka - NSwBu 22.0.0.91 | WIN 8 x64 Pro | IE 11
Kudos3

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

I suggested this in the Norton 2012 beta forum.

http://community.norton.com/t5/Norton-Internet-Security-Norton/Advanced-User-Suggestion/m-p/452220/highlight/true#M1712

Perhaps, there can be an option to have such "Advanced" features enabled either by:

1. A switch in Settings

2. By having the Advanced interface pinned.

Example of Switch

Feature           | On/Off |
---------------------------------------
Block All Traffic |   On   |

Mitka

Mitka - NSwBu 22.0.0.91 | WIN 8 x64 Pro | IE 11
Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

This is quite a important feature that was removed.

There are times when you need to disconnect from the Internet, but still be connected to the LAN.  To do this by changing the TCP/IP settings on the NIC / Adapter is a real pain.

Burry it under an advanced feature menu, anything, just bring it back!  (Or people will get wise and just use Win 7 Firewall and another A/V).  Wake up Norton!

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Really????  So you can disable "Internet" (outside LAN) traffic, but keep LAN activity flowing with this?  No -- you can't.

Why be an apologist for Norton when you don't even understand the need for it?

I don't understand your argument, as if someone without adequate knowledge disabled the internet in the fashion you mention, they would still call Norton.  If the internet was not working, they stil would not understand why.  Instead, if the internet is disabled via a Norton setting, Norton could redirect the browser to a local page and say "Hey, your internet is off via Norton.  Here's how to enable..."

This is NOT a new feature, but one that was previously available for a more versions of Norton than not.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Yes, it would be awesome as I was just looking for it on the task bar icon and it wasnt there. I got here doing a search looking to see if it was an option.
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

While re-reading my previous post I've realized that it pretty much already exists and that it didn't convey my intended idea.

There can be a switch in Settings to allow the user to have quick access to this feature in the right click menu options in the taskbar.

To alley concerns for the average user the switch default setting would be Disabled.

When Enabled, the Block/Allow All Traffic option would be added to the right click options for Norton in the taskbar.

Feature                                 | Enable/Disabled |
-----------------------------------------------------------
Block/Allow All Traffic in Taskbar Menu |     Disabled    |

Mitka

Mitka - NSwBu 22.0.0.91 | WIN 8 x64 Pro | IE 11
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

My solution is to unplug the cable. But it's better if Norton has the option, and I think the 'Open Norton Internet Security' can be removed.
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

This would be a useful feature, as mentioned if you find out that you have a virus and would like to stop all network traffic.    You can unplug the modem cable but it would be better to let Norton do this for you.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

If this is still being considered then I'd like to put in a "yes" vote to bring this option back to the context menu.

One reason is software installers. It is customary today for installers to look for updated versions and helpfully install those instead of the intended version. Unfortunately there are occasions where the new version requires the purchase of a new serial number.

In order to prevent these installers from "helping" you, disabling the internet works so that it will install the version you intended. I get annoyed when I have repeated popups asking if "Installer.exe" can access the internet, especially for programs that use multiple instances of "msiexec.exe" and each of them wants to contact somewhere.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

Hi all:

Good points made here!

I had my Wife (who has a higher IQ than mine ) attempt to find the slider to turn off "Block All Network Traffic."

It took her nearly 50 seconds.

So, IMHO, there should be a new category created under Settings called Emergency Actions, which would have the slider quickly available or on the main GUI as an Emegency Disconnect (in red) for a specified period of time.

I feel that it's currently nested a bit too deeply.

Atomic_Blast :)

"Every day is just another increment on the bell curve of life."
Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

'block all network traffic' in version 20.1.1.2 requires still too many clicks.

Please add this feature ASAP in the Norton menu,.(system tray)

Kudos1

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

This seems like a "no brainer" option to have.  I'm in favor of having this at a minimum in the pop-up menu for the system tray icon.

Kudos0

Re: Block all network traffic option on the system tray

"no brainer" indeed