Press Release

LinkedIn Facebook Twitter RSS

Symantec's New Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition Delivers Unsurpassed Protection Against Multiple Online Threats to Small Businesses/Professionals

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Nov. 19, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition, the tightly integrated online security and privacy suite for small businesses, professionals, and advanced users. Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition addresses the security needs of small business users with powerful protection against hackers, viruses, threats to information assets, and Internet productivity distractions in one solution. Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition includes Symantec’s updated, best-of-breed firewall, privacy control, antivirus, and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite.

In addition to introducing spam filtering, automatic virus removal, and a simplified user interface, Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition features data recovery and cleaning, advanced Web tools, and enhanced productivity controls to enable small businesses to maximize their online experiences while protecting against Internet threats.

"Small businesses require Internet security solutions that are reliable, comprehensive, and easy to use," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition answers these needs by providing protection against the online threats of today and tomorrow as well as privacy and productivity capabilities to minimize downtime and enhance profitability."

Norton Internet Security Professional Edition includes a full version of Norton AntiVirus 2003 Professional Edition with its powerful data protection and recovery tools. These advanced features allow users to protect and recover important applications and files from both accidental deletion and virus damage. In addition, small businesses and advanced users will be able to protect the confidentiality of their critical sensitive data by digitally shredding files that are no longer needed.

To ensure increased productivity, Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition also features new Web tools that maximize hard drive space and keep dial-up connections alive while online. Web Cleanup gets rid of temporary cache files, history items, and cookies with the click of a button. Connection Keep Alive prevents dial-up Internet connections from timing out by simulating online user activity during periods of inactivity. As a result, users can read lengthy online articles and complete other online activities without being disconnected by their ISP. Connection Keep Alive is especially useful for the business traveler who accesses e-mail via a dial-up connection while on the road.

Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition also includes Norton Productivity Control, which enables users to get the most out of the time spent on the Internet by filtering out distracting Web content and preventing access to most newsgroups. Used in combination with User Access Manager, these features enable small business workgroup administrators to create multiple user profiles in order to limit Internet access to distracting Web sites that can erode productivity.

Like Norton Internet Security 2003, Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition includes Norton Intrusion Detection to provide users with an additional layer of security by automatically blocking malicious attacks that spread quickly through Internet traffic. Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition also includes Norton Privacy Control, which offers new privacy protection capabilities such as blocking confidential information from being sent to unsecured Web sites or through outgoing e-mail messages, Microsoft Office attachments, or Instant Messaging systems. Also featured is Norton Spam Alert, which allows users to filter out annoying and time-consuming spam e-mail messages. Usability enhancements to Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition include a simplified user interface, the ability to block all Internet traffic with the push of a button, and a visual security monitor.

Other important features include Automatic LiveUpdate and Network Notification. Automatic LiveUpdate checks for and downloads new virus definitions whenever the user is online, providing automatic protection against new Internet threats without interrupting work. Network Notification alerts users whenever their computer connects to a new wireless network. This is particularly important for the mobile professional who uses a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop in an airport, hotel and other public place that offers a public wireless network. The user may not otherwise know that their system has joined the network, making them potentially vulnerable to hacking attempts.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition has an estimated retail price of US $99.95 and is now available for preorder from Symantec’s online store at Current users of Symantec software as well as competitive products can take advantage of a $30 mail-in rebate when they upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition. Customers are expected to be able to purchase Norton Internet Security 2003 Professional Edition from other online retailers and retail locations in early December.

About Symantec
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

NOTE TO EDITORS: : If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please view the Symantec Press Center at on Symantec's Web site. All prices noted are in US dollars and are valid only in the United States.

Symantec, the Symantec logo, VERITAS, and the VERITAS logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.