CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 25, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that more than 15 million consumers have utilized Symantec Security Check to identify and address online safety threats, making it the most widely visited security testing site worldwide. Every day, the free web-hosted vulnerability assessment tool, www.symantec.com/securitycheck, provides approximately 65,000 PC and Mac users worldwide with easy-to-understand information on potential security risks from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats and offers recommendations for securing their computers against those risks. To further strengthen the service for home PC users, Symantec Security Check now provides a new tracing service that enables consumers to locate potential intruders.
"The overwhelming popularity of Symantec Security Check underscores the important role of online security in the homes of millions of computer users around the world today," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Symantec Security Check provides home users a trusted source for taking a giant first step in securing their systems."
The new tracing service of Symantec Security Check provides information about the network from which a potential attack originated and the geographical location of the computer used in the attack. Using technology licensed from Visualware, Inc., the service determines precisely where and how traffic is flowing on the route between the desired destination and the user trying to access it, then provides a geographical map of the route. As new information becomes available, the map is updated and redrawn in real-time. As a result, consumers can quickly identify the location of potential hackers and forward this information to the attacker's Internet service provider.
In addition to providing tracerouting, Symantec Security Check includes a network vulnerability scan and a NetBIOS availability scan to assess vulnerability to hackers; an antivirus software check, antivirus definition check, and active Trojan application scan to assess susceptibility to the latest virus threats; and a browser information check that provides instructions, when necessary, on how to safeguard privacy. Once the scans are completed, Symantec Security Check provides users with a comprehensive list of results and concise recommendations on securing against identified vulnerabilities.
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Symantec Security Check is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and traditional Chinese.
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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