CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 19, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0, for easy-to-use, out-of-the-box protection against hackers and other Internet threats. Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 detects and alerts users to attempted intrusions by hackers, by controlling all inbound and outbound Internet communications. The product also prevents a computer from sending personal data without the users knowledge - so that only user-approved applications can access the Internet.
"In today's Internet-based environment, consumers need, and demand serious protection for their systems and data," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "With the new release of Norton Personal Firewall, Symantec is providing users a powerful and easy-to-use tool for significantly reducing the risks of online computing."
New Intrusion Prevention Capabilities
Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 features powerful firewall software with new intrusion prevention capabilities to keep users safe from hackers. Intrusion Protection with AutoBlock intelligently detects common hacker activities such as port scans and Trojan horse access attempts, alerting the user and automatically blocking all traffic from the attacker. Internet Access Control, another new feature, alerts the user when an application attempts to access the Internet. A threat level assessment is then provided to help users decide whether to permit or deny the connection, thereby preventing Trojan horses or spyware applications from making Internet connections without the user's knowledge.
To maximize users' understanding of security issues, Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 also features Alert Tracker, which provides continuous notification of security events and apprises the user of the product's actions. In addition, re-designed security alerts now provide more information on hacking attempts and recommend appropriate responses to attacks.
Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 provides exceptional ease of use through new features such as Security Assistant and Internet Zone Control. Security Assistant guides users step-by-step through configuring the product after installation, while its new Application Scan component allows users to pre-configure trusted applications for Internet access, thereby easing both initial setup and post installation configuration. Internet Zone Control maintains a safe and productive computing environment by making it simple for users to configure Norton Personal Firewall to work with a home network.
Increased Privacy Control
Unlike other personal firewalls, the privacy control features of Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 ensure that confidential information remains protected. Users determine which personal information is private and Norton Personal Firewall blocks that data from unsecure web connections. Flexible, per-site cookie-blocking capabilities ensure that users maintain privacy while surfing the web, while a comprehensive event log details which personal information was sent and when cookies and sensitive information was blocked.
Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 is an integral part of Symantec's comprehensive line of award-winning Internet Security solutions, which also includes Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 and Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 Family Edition, the market-leading security and privacy suite for connected consumers.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0 has an estimated price of US$49.95. Users of competitive products and current owners of Norton Personal Firewall can receive a mail-in rebate of $10 for Norton Personal Firewall 2001 Version 3.0. Customers can purchase the products from various retailers, Symantec's online store at www.symantecstore.com as well as other online retailers.
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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