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Symantec Announces Norton Safe On The Web To Protect Users Against Internet Security Threats

Preview Release Available as Free Download from Symantec's Web site

CUPERTINO, Calif. --Sept. 8 1997-- – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced Norton Safe on the Web, the newest addition to the company's comprehensive family of security solutions. Norton Safe on the Web protects users worldwide against Internet threats to system security and user privacy.

Norton Safe on the Web is an easy-to-use security product designed for individual users as well as for organizations that utilize the Internet for business purposes and demand security for their mission-critical data. Norton Safe on the Web provides state-of-the-art protection from malicious Web content, Internet PC invasion, and data snooping based on the industry's most advanced technologies. Designed for both experienced as well as new Internet enthusiasts, Norton Safe on the Web is ideal for those who need to ensure the security of their data and the longevity of their machines.

"Given the increased Internet usage and large number of security breaches, users shouldn't surf the web without Norton Safe on the Web," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "The program offers them a reliable, powerful countermeasure against hackers, malicious Web sites, and data snooping."

Norton Safe on the Web protects users from malicious software by establishing trusted methods of data access, thereby thwarting attacks from software downloaded from the Internet. To guard against unsafe data transmittal, Norton Safe on the Web enables users to encrypt e-mail file attachments. Components that analyze and notify the user of potential security issues and suggest countermeasures provide offensive measures to further protect critical data. Used with Norton AntiVirus, Norton Safe on the Web provides users with unparalleled protection against harmful code borne over the Internet.

Norton Safe on the Web Preview Features
Untouchable Data protects a user's system from malicious software such as rogue Java applets and ActiveX controls. Untouchable Data makes secure associations between trusted applications and their file types, making selected data files such as Quicken files -- "untouchable" from unauthorized applications.

The Browser Security Settings Auditor, part of the Security Advisor, is tied to the security setting of the user's browser(s) and enables users to make informed decisions about the level of security they need when browsing the web. Modular in design, the Browser Security Advisor will be updated frequently to include other security auditors.

Norton Safe on the Web includes Norton Secret Stuff (NSS) which allows users to encrypt email file attachments for safe transmittal through the Internet. Opening the attachment requires only the password by which it was encrypted.

In addition, the product features a strong educational component to help users stay current on security issues that can help them avoid problems. The Countermeasures module teaches users how to protect their data from various types of attack. Security Basics is a collection of information including a glossary of terms that will teach users about security issues before they experience them first-hand. Finally, Security Alerts contacts Symantec's Security Web Server and downloads the latest information on computer security issues.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Safe on the Web will be available to customers in phases, enhanced with additional features during different stages of development. The preview product is offered free for a limited time from Symantec's Web site at www.symantec.com. Norton Safe on the Web requires a 486/33 or higher, 8MB RAM, 500KB free uncompressed disk space on the first physical drive, and 6MB or more free disk space.

About Symantec
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.

Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.

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