CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 13, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in information security technology, and EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK), one of the nation's leading Internet service providers, today announced the launch of Norton™ Security Products brought to you by EarthLink. The new subscription-based Internet security service resides on the user's desktop and blocks viruses, hackers and other Internet threats. The offering will feature Symantec's award-winning Internet security solutions, including Norton AntiVirus™ and Norton™ Personal Firewall, and will be billed monthly on the subscribers' EarthLink invoice.
Norton™ Security Products brought to you by EarthLink are available as a bundle, featuring both Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall for $5.95 per month, or either program can be subscribed to separately for $3.95 per month. The software can be ordered or downloaded at www.earthlink.net/extras/security without up-front fees, and customers will regularly receive automatic software updates as long as they remain subscribed to the service.
"Protection from viruses and hackers is important to our customers, and EarthLink's new subscription service from Symantec makes Internet security a simpler task," said Tom Andrus, vice president of product and services, EarthLink. "These services complement our TotalAccess® protection tools, all of which are designed to provide a hassle-free online experience."
Symantec's award-winning solutions offer users protection against a wide variety of Internet security threats. Norton AntiVirus, for example, is the world's most trusted antivirus solution, protecting users against viruses, worms and other threats. Norton Personal Firewall keeps hackers out and personal data in. It makes robust firewall protection easy by automatically hiding the user's PC on the Internet and blocking suspicious connections. This award-winning software also prevents confidential information from being sent out without the user's knowledge. With automatic updates, EarthLink customers who subscribe to the service will receive up-to-date protection against today's increasingly complex Internet threats.
"Internet security is one of the most critical issues facing computer users today, especially with the advent of blended threats. Blended threats use multiple methods and techniques to spread. As a result, they can cause widespread damage very quickly. EarthLink is to be commended for making this service available to its subscribers. EarthLink is truly living up to its motto of revolving around its customers," said Matt Moynahan, Vice President, Consumer Products and Solutions, for Symantec.
The new subscription security products complement EarthLink's TotalAccess 2004 software, which features Spyware Blockersm, spamBlocker and Pop-Up Blockersm tools that help keep online interruptions to a minimum. Last year, EarthLink added to this lineup with Virus Blocker, a free server-side, antivirus tool powered by Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine technology. Virus Blocker helps prevent subscribers from downloading Internet-borne viruses, worms and other malicious code via email messages and attachments sent to their EarthLink email account.
The new service is available to EarthLink customers who have an individual PC or multiple computers through the purchase of a multiple seat license. In addition, five- and 10-user packs are available to small business customers for $14.95 and $24.95 respectively. Macintosh users who subscribe to EarthLink will be able to purchase similar Symantec security products by visiting the online store at www.earthlink.net/extras/security.
In addition, EarthLink subscribers are able to test the security of their computers for free by visiting Symantec Security Check, available through the EarthLink members' home page at www.earthlink.net/extras/security. One of the most widely visited security testing sites worldwide, Symantec Security Check helps users identify and address online safety threats to their personal computers. After performing a wide range of security tests to determine users' exposure to the most common security threats including viruses, worms, Trojan horses and hacker vulnerabilities, Symantec Security Check identifies safety issues and provides recommendations for addressing those weaknesses.
"EarthLink revolves around youTM." Celebrating ten years as a leading national Internet service provider (ISP), Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2003 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, EarthLink is ranked highest in customer satisfaction among high-speed Internet Service Providers. Serving more than five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal drop-offs and ISP-generated intrusions, and customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, Web hosting, or wireless Internet service, EarthLink provides the tools that best let individuals use and enjoy the Internet on their own terms. Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink's Web site at www.earthlink.net.
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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