Norton 360 All-in-One Suite Combines Security With Remote Access to Online Files
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif -- With cybercrime on the rise, an unprotected PC can become infected within four minutes of connecting to the Internet. Computer users' personal information and files are also at risk through data loss. In fact, Norton has found that one in three online adults has lost irreplaceable data on their PC. To keep consumers protected, Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) has launched the latest version of Norton 360 that includes the latest security technology as well as remote access to securely backed up data. Norton 360 version 4.0 also delivers the industry's best protection rates for Web-based attacks, including the latest social networking threats, with Norton scoring a 100 percent protection rate in recent third-party testing.
With smartphone use predicted to account for nearly half of all mobile phone sales worldwide by 2013, Norton introduces its first beta application for the Android and plans to introduce its first beta applications for the iPad and iPhone in the next few weeks. After downloading the free application of their choice from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market, consumers who have stored data online with Norton 360 or Norton Online Backup can access and share their documents, music, photos or videos directly from their device. Norton products and services help more than 11 million consumers stay connected with anytime, anywhere access to their online data. Now Norton 360 users who use online storage can access any of their files from a Web browser and either download it or email a link to friends and family.
'Consumers today expect to be able to access and share their files, photos and music anytime, from any device, and our mobile applications make that possible,' said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Products and Marketing, Symantec.
'They're also interacting more on social networks, which have become a top target for cybercriminals. Norton 360's reputation-based technology leverages the strength of millions of our community members and is proven effective in fighting the Web-based threats that attack social networks.' Norton 360 now includes the reputation-based technology launched in September 2009 with Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2010. The technology tackles undiscovered malware and today's toughest threats head-on. Using reputation, Norton 360 has achieved the top score in third-party testing conducted by UK-based Dennis Labs, which were designed to replicate real-world, Web-based attacks such as those that target social networking sites. Of the 10 products tested, Norton was the only one to protect against all of the threats, achieving a 100 percent overall protection score.
The latest version of Norton 360 also includes improvements to the features valued most by consumers, such as PC Tuneup, which improves performance and saves time. Consumers can reduce boot-up time by using the Smart Start-up Manager feature to reduce or stagger start-up applications. Data from the Norton Community gives valuable insight into which applications are most widely used, allowing consumers to make informed decisions about whether to exclude applications from the list of startup items. According to testing by Passmark&sup6, Smart Start-up Manager can improve PC boot time by as much as 41 percent on Windows 7 machines. For consumers who boot up once a day, over the course of one year, using Smart Start-up Manager could save more than three hours enough time to fly from San Francisco to Denver.
Availability, Compatibility and Pricing Norton 360 version 4.0 is now available for purchase in the U.S. through retailers and the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com. The free beta mobile application for the Android is available now, and beta mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone are planned to be available free of charge on the iPhone App Store and Android Market in the next few weeks. The latest version of Norton 360 supports Microsoft XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The suggested retail price is US$79.99 for the standard edition including 2GB of online storage space and US$99.99 for the premium edition including 25GB of online storage space. The price for both standard and premium editions includes a three PC license and a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates. All Norton 360 users with a valid product subscription are eligible to receive the latest product updates via the subscription service model. For more information, visit the Norton Update center at http://updatecenter.norton.com.
About Norton from Symantec Symantec's Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spyware and phishing protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft -- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as online backup and PC tuneup, and is a trusted source for family online safety. Friend us on Facebook at and follow @NortonOnline on Twitter.
About Symantec Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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