CUPERTINO, Calif. --February 10, 1997-- In recognition of the fact that the Internet is used more frequently for sending confidential information that is likely to get into the wrong hands, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) makers of the award-winning Norton Your Eyes Only and other security solutions today announced the release of Norton Secret Stuff for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT. The new application is free to the public and is designed to prevent unauthorized parties from tapping into a user's "secret stuff."
As an introductory offer to end users, Symantec is offering Norton Secret Stuff for free through the company's web site located at: <link removed> Norton Secret Stuff is designed for the millions of computer users that send e-mails to people located all over the world.
"Users are increasingly concerned about security on the Internet, whether they are sharing data, sending e-mail, or just browsing around", said Mary Engstrom, vice president of product marketing. "Symantec will continue to respond to customer requests by creating solutions like Norton Secret Stuff and Norton Your Eyes Only, two products for users who need easy-to-use data protection. And as part of our desire to educate users on just how easy it it to stay safe while on the Internet, we are happy to make Norton Secret Stuff available for free for a limited time."
Norton Secret Stuff Allows Users to Send Secure Files to Anyone, Anywhere
Norton Secret Stuff allows users to create self-decrypting executables that can be sent to anyone. One problem with existing desktop encryption products is that they require the recipient and sender to have the same encryption software. With Norton Secret Stuff, users can send their private information to users of DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT, even if they do not have Norton Secret Stuff installed. The sender only needs to tell the recipient the password. When the recipient runs the executable they'll be prompted for the password, after which the file decrypts itself.
Norton Secret Stuff secures the data using the 32-bit Blowfish encryption algorithm, therefore it's approved to export outside the U.S. and Canada by the U.S. government. This means users can exchange encrypted files with people all over the world.
Norton Secret Stuff is written by the security experts of the award-winning Norton Your Eyes Only for Windows 95. Your Eyes Only (YEO) has won a Stellar Award from Windows Sources and Best of LAN Times from LAN Times. In the December 2nd issue of PC Magazine, YEO won Editors' Choice against PGP's Business Edition, AT&T's SecretAgent and RSA's SecurPC for Windows 95. YEO won Government Best Buy from Federal Computer Week in the December 2nd issue against AT&T's SecretAgent, PGP Business Edition and RSA Secure.
|Create self-decrypting executables||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum number of files and directories in one executable||2000||1000|
|Compress files while encrypting||Yes||Yes|
|Support international systems such as those running DOS/V and Japanese NEC machines||Yes||No|
Pricing and Availability
Norton Secret Stuff is available to end users through Symantec's Web site free of charge. The product will not be downloaded after April 1, 1997 but any installed copies will continue to operate normally. The product requires an IBM-PC or 100% compatible PC running Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or Windows NT and uses under 600K of disk space.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, or (541) 334-6054.
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