CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 18, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in information security, today announced the upcoming release of the latest line of Symantec consumer and home office Internet security solutions, which feature enhanced levels of protection designed to address the newest and most rampant online threats. Led by Symantec's integrated security and privacy protection suite, Norton Internet Security 2005, the new line of comprehensive solutions includes best-of-breed core protection point products -- Norton AntiVirus 2005, Norton Personal Firewall 2005, and Norton AntiSpam 2005.
Norton AntiVirus 2005 provides further automatic protection against blended threats like "Sasser" and "Blaster" with exclusive new Internet Worm Protection technology. Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 each offer enhanced features for added defense against fraud and certain types of phishing scams. Norton Internet Security 2005 seamlessly integrates Symantec's three core protection point products, and incorporates Parental Controls, a Web content filtering solution, along with a new Outbreak Alert feature - all in one easy-to-use solution.
"Because online security threats have quickly evolved with such high levels of complexity, consumer and home office PC users require more advanced levels of core protection solutions designed to deal specifically with a more sophisticated threat environment, " said Matthew Moynahan, vice president Consumer Products and Solutions, for Symantec. "Symantec's new security products provide powerful, proactive defense to aggressively handle today's most common and highly developed Internet threats, all with easy-to-use automated convenience for optimal computing in a connected world."
Powerful Protection From Viruses, Worms and Trojans
Norton AntiVirus 2005 features new Internet Worm Protection, which safeguards consumer and home office users from new types of fast-spreading blended Internet worms that attack computer users' systems through multiple entry points. Taking worm blocking technology to the next level, Internet Worm Protection blocks inbound online ports to prevent the spread of threats like "Sasser" and "Blaster" that propagate through system vulnerabilities not protected by traditional antivirus solutions.
Norton AntiVirus 2005 also provides reliable, automatic scanning and removal of viruses, worms and Trojans without requiring user intervention. Norton AntiVirus 2005 includes spyware detection capabilities, which defend against programs on the user's computer that can be employed with malicious intent to compromise the security of a system, spy on the user's private data, or track users' online behavior.
Essential Defense Against Hackers and Privacy Thieves
To help intuitively protect users from privacy infringements with minimal interruptions, Norton Personal Firewall 2005 includes enhanced Privacy Controls with a new confidential information blocking tool. This new feature allows users to send confidential information to Web sites they trust with no interruption, but alerts users when they send personal data to untrusted sites. Confidential information blocking helps protect users from falling victim to online phishing - a type of scam that attempts to lure Internet users into providing confidential personal information to harmful and potentially dangerous Web sites, which can result in identity theft.
Because some blended threats are able to attack computer systems in a way that basic firewalls cannot block, Norton Personal Firewall 2005 includes complete inbound and outbound application-based protection along with intrusion prevention technology. Symantec's robust intrusion prevention capabilities, another key component of Norton Personal Firewall 2005, provide an important additional layer of security by proactively identifying potential attacks in conjunction with the software's firewall. This added layer of protection allows Norton Personal Firewall 2005 to carefully inspect the actual content of Internet traffic to effectively identify and block attempted online attacks that a basic firewall without intrusion prevention would also not be able to detect.
Comprehensive Email Filtering Solution
As spam continues to proliferate and evolve into more and more of a security threat, Symantec's newly enhanced Norton AntiSpam 2005 offers improved filtering capabilities to address email users' most common concerns. Norton AntiSpam 2005 provides additional protection against some forms of email scams by identifying fraudulent URL Internet addresses within email messages and filtering those messages with "spoofed" or faked sender addresses. Users are also able to choose to filter sexually explicit spam so that inappropriate content never reaches the in-box, and they can also use Norton AntiSpam 2005's new language-based filter to block email messages in specific languages.
Norton AntiSpam 2005 also automatically intercepts and analyzes email in most POP3 connections and identifies spam as it comes into the user's in-box. Norton AntiSpam 2005 integrates tightly with the latest versions of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Eudora, and now Yahoo! Web email, by automatically creating a spam folder and using it to collect all email identified as spam. Norton AntiSpam 2005 even filters spam from Hotmail and MSN Mail when messages are retrieved through Microsoft Outlook. As a result, users not only begin to save time but are also protected from any misleading or inappropriate content that might be contained in spam.
Additionally, Norton AntiSpam 2005 helps users speed up Internet connections and reduce Web distractions by blocking annoying pop-up, pop-under and banner ads.
Most Complete All-In-One Security and Privacy Protection Suite
Norton Internet Security 2005 provides complete and automatic protection from even the most complex of Internet threats by powerfully combining Norton AntiVirus 2005, Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 into one seamlessly integrated software suite. Norton Internet Security 2005 also includes a new Outbreak Alert feature that will provide users with the added benefit of receiving automatic notification when a high-level threat outbreak occurs. Outbreak Alert analyzes the security posture of the user's PC and offers immediate recommendations for tightening protection if necessary. Additionally, Norton Internet Security 2005 features easy-to-use Web content filtering to help keep kids and families safe from inappropriate or explicit Web content.
Norton Internet Security 2005, as well as Norton AntiVirus 2005 will also be offered in Home Protection Packs providing user licenses for up to three PCs. For small office users, Norton AntiVirus 2005, Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 will also be available for purchase in 5-user and 10-user packs. All of Symantec's new 2005 consumer and home office Internet security products have been engineered for compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2005 is currently available for pre-order at the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com for an estimated retail price of US$49.95. Norton AntiVirus 2005 is scheduled to be available for purchase at various retail locations and other online retailers in late August. Current users of Norton AntiVirus and competitive antivirus products will be able to upgrade to Norton AntiVirus 2005 for an estimated retail price of US$29.95 after $20 mail-in rebate.
Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 will be available for pre-order in late August at the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com for an estimated retail price of US$49.95 and US$39.95, respectively. Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 are scheduled to be available for purchase at various retail locations and other online retailers in mid-September. Current users of Symantec products as well as users of select competitive products will be able to upgrade to Norton Personal Firewall 2005 and Norton AntiSpam 2005 each for an estimated retail price of US$29.95 after mail-in rebate.
Norton Internet Security 2005 will also be available for pre-order in late August at the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com for an estimated retail price of US$69.95, and is scheduled to be available for purchase at various retail locations and other online retailers in mid-September. Current users of Symantec products as well as users of select competitive products will be able to upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2005 for an estimated retail price of US$39.95 after $30 mail-in rebate. Prices for all Symantec consumer security products include a one-year subscription to Symantec's protection updates.
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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