CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 7, 2007 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that its new all-in-one security service, Norton 360, earned the prestigious CNET Editors’ Choice Award. Norton 360 combines Symantec’s proven, industry-leading technologies for antivirus, antispyware, firewall, intrusion protection, antiphishing, backup and tuneup — eliminating the need to purchase and manage multiple products. Norton 360 protects computers and the information stored in them from Internet threats and risks, and allows consumers to freely engage in their everyday online activities.
“Launching Norton 360 was the culmination of years of research, development and countless hours devoted to creating the best comprehensive security solution we could build for our customers,” said Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec Corp. “CNET’s recognition of our efforts by naming Norton 360 its Editors’ Choice is one of the highest honors we could receive, and we’re excited for our customers to experience the confidence that this all-in-one security service will provide them.”
CNET Editors’ Choice winners are recognized as top products in their respective technology categories, and contribute to the standard by which all future products are judged. A key selection requirement is the difference it makes in the lives of its users, whether through innovative features, exceptional value for the price, remarkable ease of use, or a demonstrable boost to users' productivity.
According to a review from CNET.com, “Norton 360 is a good example of the ‘out of the box’ thinking needed by traditional security vendors today,” “…we think Norton 360 represents the best value of ease, tools, and performance, and we recommend it over McAfee Total Protection or Microsoft Windows Live OneCare.”
Norton 360 delivers complete protection across five categories of functionality: PC Security, Transaction Security, Backup and Restore, PC Tuneup and Embedded Support. The product received high marks from CNET.com in the areas of:
- Set Up – Designed to work as automatically as possible, Norton 360 provides comprehensive protection while performing its duties in the background without interrupting users’ computing experience. “Our setup of the final shipping version was surprisingly fast and easy,” said CNET Senior Editor Robert Vamosi,. “We really like the Norton 360 interface … [it’s] clean, intuitive, and no-nonsense.”
- Features – “Symantec…designed Norton 360 from the ground up…pull[ing] only the tools deemed most beneficial to the general user from all its product lines. Norton 360 includes antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, antirootkit protection, a firewall, Symantec's new SONAR (Symantec Online Network for Advance Response) behavioral monitoring software, and a vulnerability assessment tool to see what Windows updates your computer might be missing. An add-on pack of online tools includes Parental Control, Antispam, and other optional features such as blocking private data from leaking onto the Internet. Norton 360 also includes tools to defragment your hard drive and clean up temporary files and other clutter than could slow your PC down…[and] a backup and recovery tool, and provides up to 2GB of free online storage.”
- Performance – Performance is a key design principle of Norton 360 and CNET.com noted “…You'll be delighted to learn that Norton 360 feels light.”
- Support – “The knowledge base is cool, first diagnosing your version of Norton 360 for any known problems. If you still want help, the program asks you what help you need and provides a menu of FAQs. There's also an envelop icon that leads you to e-mail and chat support (which are free) or telephone support...”editors noted.
Based on extensive testing and evaluation of Norton 360, CNET editors concluded “we think Norton 360 represents the best value for ease of use, tools offered, and overall system performance. We recommend it over McAfee Total Protection and Microsoft Windows Live OneCare.”
Pricing and Availability
Norton 360 is now available for purchase through the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com. It will be available for purchase at various retail locations and online retailers in March 2007. The optional add-on pack with AntiSpam and Parental Controls will be available to Norton 360 customers in mid-March 2007.
The suggested retail price of Norton 360 is US$79.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates). Norton 360 can be installed on up to three PCs.
Norton security solutions are designed to leverage the Windows Vista operating system, offering the top-choice in Vista-compatible security performance. Norton 360, along with Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Confidential, delivers all-encompassing integration with Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows XP. Customers can now rely on Norton 360, featuring Norton's patented technologies, to provide the most complete all-in-one security solution to protect against today's and tomorrow's threats.
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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