01-03-2011 02:18 AM
Agreed, the information it provides is limited at best, I have no interest in finding out that Manchester has a higher count of viruses; I'm very unlikely to travel a few hundred miles north just to deliberatly infect a computer system that weighs half of what I do.
All the map makes me want to do is either play Risk or revise my plans for world domination, (seems I could take out the north of England with w32.sasser.d heh, I figure no access to eBay and men's special-interest literature would turn them feral in a matter of days, (just kidding).
But the underlying message is still valid, (people still use dial-up?), the map is of close to zero use to the average computer user, and not much more use to experienced users or testers, (unless Symantec is willing to pay my travel expenses and an all-expenses paid hotel, nothing below 4* for me).
Whilst I doubt it takes up much system resources, especially to those of us with custom-built super-computers, it's still resources that can be freed up for other activities.
Perhaps Symatec could bring back the pop-up/ad-blocker in the browser tab, (this was of great use in IE6 and very beneficial as I have no interest in playing internet poker or purchasing the blue-pill).
01-25-2011 10:15 PM
Does anyone use the Activity Map...
Make it a UI link to a browser page like Account or Feedback.
Or, a Support drop down option.
Then update the Activity Map web page for those that care.
Really, does anyone use the Map
02-07-2011 08:08 PM
How about calling it an Information Window?
Let the user decide on which of 3 settings that space can be made more useful.
1 - Activity Map
2 - CPU Meters
3 - Compact display (nothing)
The flashing of pixels is very annoying!
02-09-2011 10:47 AM
The simplest change would be to use Norton Safe Web as the default screen, since that is what I use most of the time currently. Better would be suggestions offered earlier as replacements.
01-11-2012 06:35 PM
Hi fallstalk and others:
Regarding the Activity Map...
It doesn't enhance your network security at all.
At first glance, I thought that the Activity Map was a good idea but soon observed that I couldn't zoom in on a particular country and see was coming from that exact area of the world in realtime. In reality, it was just a jumbled, horizontal scroll of threats with links, which provided only cursory information that would be of little interest to the average user.
It all makes for a nice "eye candy" experience and the Map Activity Data is pushed out at intervals, as to not hog the system.
If the Activity Map could be modified to drill down from continents into countries, then cities, with a listing of linked threats for each in realtime, that would be of great interest for those that like to read about threats in their own area. Conversely, there would be a small performance degradation to make this happen. Anything that streams over the internet slows you down.
Therefore, the best scenario, IMO, would be to hide the map which AllenM points out above, or to have a slider in "settings" to turn it off and the accompanying Map Activity Data. Hiding the map is a good choice for now but does not turn off the occasional downloading of the Map Data updates.
Casual users should be advised that the clean look of the GUI will be much more confusing in the Advanced Mode, which doesn't display the Activity Map, yet that is the tradeoff.
03-20-2012 07:57 AM
Norton, at least give us the option of disabling the "activity map" feature.
I do not have the most powerful computer and anywhere I can save some of that power is of benefit to me.
Thank you for your consideration
03-22-2012 12:37 PM
I have never used this facility and do not see any need for it.
For me I would only want the ability to turn it off if the downloads to update it would cease.
Anything that would help towards reducing the load on my system by Norton is welcome.