CUPERTINO, Calif. - Nov. 1, 2000 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh. Norton Internet Security for Macintosh is the first Internet security suite for the Mac OS to offer a comprehensive solution with protection against Internet threats such as hackers, illegal access and viruses. Norton Internet Security for Macintosh provides an essential Internet security suite for the Macintosh platform, combining Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 1.0, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 and iClean 3.5 by Aladdin Systems.
"Consumers can be vulnerable to hacking and loss of personal data while online," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "With the introduction of Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh we are able to provide Macintosh customers with comprehensive Internet Security solutions to keep their machines safe and secure while they're online."
"Developers see the incredible business proposition for creating powerful yet easy-to-use applications on the Mac platform," said Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We are pleased to see Symantec expanding its product line to provide Mac users with additional protection against Internet threats such as viruses and hackers."
Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 1.0 combines several world class products to ensure a controlled and safe Internet experience for all Macintosh users. Norton Internet Security for Macintosh includes Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh to protect consumers from hackers and security breaches; award-winning Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh to guard against known and unknown virus threats; and iClean by Aladdin Systems to sweep away Web surfing tracks as well as tidy up the desktop. Together, these products provide consumers with a suite solution that intelligently balances ease-of-use and functionality for maximum usability and online protection.
Norton Antivirus for Macintosh 7.0 can run disk scans and repair files on Mac OS X Public Beta hard disks after launching the application from a Mac OS 9 partition or bootable compact disk. Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh can be installed into and will protect the Mac OS 9 or classic layer of Mac OS X Public Beta.
Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 1.0 is an easy-to-use Internet security solution that protects connected consumers from hackers and security breaches. Users can block connections to their machines preventing hackers from gaining access to important files, passwords, banking numbers or other confidential data stored on the computer. In addition, users can configure which applications are allowed to access their Macintosh via the Internet and are notified when an unauthorized program or user attempts to access their Macintosh from another computer. Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 1.0 incorporates the highly regarded DoorStop Personal Firewall, licensed from Macintosh developer Open Door Networks, Inc, which is continuing to participate in the development of this technology with Symantec.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security for Macintosh is scheduled to be available mid-November at an estimated retail price of $99.95. Current Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh, Open Door DoorStop, Aladdin Spring Cleaning, Aladdin iClean, Intego NetBarrier, Intego Virus Barrier and McAfee Virex users will be able to upgrade at an estimated price of $69.95. Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh is also scheduled to be available mid-November at an estimated retail price of $69.95, with an estimated upgrade price of $39.95. Customers will be able to purchase Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh from various retail locations, Symantec's online store at www.SymantecStore.com, as well as other online retailers.
Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 1.0 requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, 24MB of RAM, 12MB available disk space for installation, CD-ROM drive, and an Internet connection. Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 1.0 requires a Power PC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, 24MB of RAM, 3MB available disk space for installation, CD-ROM drive, and an Internet connection.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected product releases, features and pricing. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts, performance or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, fluctuations in currency exchange rates and economic structures of foreign operations, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, new security threats and the importance of new Symantec products. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements above. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000.