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Norton Makes Windows 8 Safer and Faster

New, free Windows 8 apps help consumers manage security and scan their files stored in the cloud, on their PC or external storage devices
Readnig, UK. – 26 October 2012 – Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that its award-winning consumer security products Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton AntiVirus are fully compatible with the newly released Windows 8 operating system1.  The latest releases are optimised to make Windows 8 safer and faster compared with running Windows Defender on Windows 8.  Norton also released two new, free touch-friendly apps for the Windows 8 environment, available now on the Windows Store.

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Norton Studio

  • Companion app to Norton 360, Norton Internet Security or Norton AntiVirus that enables consumers to manage, fix, update or renew Norton protection for their devices from within the new Windows 8 user interface
  • Shows users at a glance the security status of their PCs and other devices
  • Seamlessly integrates with Windows 8 for easy, one-click access from the new user interface desktop
“With the release of Windows 8 it’s important to recognise that consumers still need a comprehensive security solution – not just basic antivirus,” said Chris Christiansen, Program Vice President for IDC's Security Products and Services group.  “The types of threats most prevalent today are very sophisticated, complex and use social engineering to prey on consumer habits, so it’s crucial that security solutions not only address the current threat landscape, but also the latest trends in technology.  By providing a more secure environment and optimised performance for Windows 8, Norton is improving and simplifying the user experience for consumers adopting this new platform.”
According to third-party testing, when paired with Norton, Windows 8 is 50 percent faster2 and 20 percent safer than with Windows Defender3.  In addition, testing showed that Norton was able to correctly detect and block all the threats that Windows Defender failed to recognise4.  For more commentary on Windows 8 security, please visit the Norton Protection Blog.
About Norton
Norton protects the Stuff that matters to consumers, across all aspects of their digital lives. Norton provides a range of security solutions including technologies for PCs and mobile devices, live tech support services and online backup. Like Norton on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/norton.  Follow Norton on Twitter @Norton_UK
About Symantec
Symantec protects the world’s information, and is a global leader in security, backup and availability solutions. Our innovative products and services protect people and information in any environment – from the smallest mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Our world-renowned expertise in protecting data, identities and interactions gives our customers confidence in a connected world. More information is available at www.symantec.comor by connecting with Symantec at: go.symantec.com/socialmedia.


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1 Some protection features not available with Windows 8 style browsing.
2Real World Performance Test,” PassMark, August 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8. Faster claim based off on-demand security software scan time.
3Real World Testing Report,” AV-Test, July 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8.
4Real World Testing Report,” AV-Test, July 2012. Norton Internet Security vs. Defender as default setting in Windows 8.

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