CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced the industry's first complete line of Internet security and problem solving products designed specifically for Mac OS X. The product line will offer users new, easy-to-use Internet security features and complete problem solving capabilities for the Macintosh platform. Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0 will improve Mac users' online productivity, safety and privacy with the addition of a stealth protection mode, confidential information controls and Internet ad blocking features. Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 is the world's first product to allow users to fix disk errors and recover lost files or applications natively on Mac OS X.
"The increased demand for advanced Internet security solutions for Mac OS X has been one of the driving forces behind Symantec's efforts to create this new line of products," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "We are adding important new features that appropriately address Mac users' concerns about online security and privacy issues, while also continuing to provide the most comprehensive and reliable problem-solving solutions."
"Apple takes a proactive approach towards security within Mac OS X in a variety of ways," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Symantec's new product line for Mac OS X builds on Apple's commitment towards security by helping to protect computers and networks at multiple entry points, and we're excited to receive their support."
New Privacy Control Feature To Safeguard Mac Users' Confidential Data
Anyone connected to the Internet, regardless of computing platform, has the potential to fall prey to hack attacks, privacy infringements, intrusion attempts and damage from malicious code. Symantec's Norton Privacy Control, a new component of Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0, will allow users to keep track of specified confidential information, like social security and credit card numbers, and control what information leaves their machine over the Internet. Additionally, Norton Privacy Control will offer an ad blocking feature that can help improve online speed and performance by blocking most Internet ads and pop-up windows.
"Macintosh users, like their PC cousins, are not immune to security threats," said Brian Burke, Sr. Research Analyst, Internet Security, at IDC Research. "Hack attacks, privacy infringements, intrusion attempts, and damage from malicious code can happen to anyone connected to the Internet, no matter what computing platform they choose."
In addition to Norton Privacy Control, Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0 will also include
World's Only Disk Repair and Data Recovery Capabilities Built Natively for Mac OS X
Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 will provide comprehensive solutions to keep Macintosh computers working at peak performance by solving critical problems and protecting systems from viruses. This market-leading software suite will include the world's first native Mac OS X disk repair and data recovery capabilities, allowing users to fix common disk errors and recover lost files or applications. The new version will also feature Norton Scheduler, so users can easily schedule virus scans and software updates.
Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 will include:
Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security for Macintosh 2.0 and Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 are available now for pre-order at www.SymantecStore.com for an estimated retail price of $99.95 and $129.95, respectively. Current users of Symantec's Macintosh products, as well as users of select competitive products, can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in-rebate of $30 and $50, respectively. In March, Symantec's new Macintosh products will be available for purchase at various retail locations, Symantec's online store at www.symantecstore.com as well as from other online retailers.
Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh 2.0, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 8.0 and Norton Utilities for Macintosh 7.0 can also be pre-ordered separately as stand alone products. All of Symantec's new Macintosh Internet security solutions are compatible with Mac OS X.
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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