Security ramps up

This week in Windows news, we take a closer look at Norton's Internet security suites for 2011 along with the latest offering from BitDefender. Also, Sony Vegas gets a review.

Antivirus and security software may have an expiration date, but it's not dead yet. We found evidence in the form of Norton's new offerings, which were released just last week to praise from CNET editors. Internet Security 2011 maintains its recent strong performance record and introduces some useful new features in the latest version, making it one of the top Internet security suites available. Meanwhile, AntiVirus 2011 offers the same core high-quality computer and networking protection features as its more full-featured sibling, but comes with a slightly cheaper price tag attached.

We also spent some time with BitDefender Total Security 2011, which has a massive selection of features and options. However, mixed testing results make it a hard sell when compared against better-performing competitors.

On the entertainment side, we played around with one of Sony's video-editing suites. Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10.0 falls somewhere in the middle in terms of consumer video-editing programs. It's probably too advanced for most newbies, but those with some level of experience toying with digital video will find that it offers a nicely laid-out interface and plenty of features.