Norton Internet Security 2000 Rockets To Top Of PC Data Charts
Norton Internet Security 2000 Continues to Best Competitors with Highest Unit Sales and Revenue Figures and Drives 220 Percent Increase in Internet Security Product Market
CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 21, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced that PC Data sales statistics clearly show Norton Internet Security
2000 as the leading Internet security solution in the fast-growing Internet
security software category. Norton Internet Security 2000 has not only
surpassed older technology point products, but has ignited rapid market
expansion. Norton Internet Security is the first and only complete Internet
security suite for consumers, featuring Norton Personal Firewall, award-winning
Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Privacy and Norton Parental Control in a single
fully integrated product. PC Data is the computer industry's primary source for
software, hardware, and video game sales information.
In addition to demonstrating the unparalleled popularity of Norton Internet
Security, the PC Data figures also indicate the product's role in defining and
driving the Internet Security software category. Weekly sell through for Internet
Security products for the month prior to the introduction of Norton Internet
Security (November 1999) averaged just over 1,500 units. Since Norton Internet
Security hit the market in December of 1999, average weekly sell through for the
category has grown to over 4,800 units representing a 220 percent increase in the
weekly volume for Internet Security software. Additionally, Norton Internet
Security has captured over 60 percent of the market volume and over 80 percent of
the category revenue since its introduction.
"PC Data's real-time market analysis proves that Norton Internet Security is
successfully addressing the security, protection, and online privacy needs of
both dial-up and broadband connected consumers. And, that it is the solution of
choice for parents who want to provide complete Internet protection for their
families," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, of Symantec's Consumer
Products Division. "As always-on, high-speed Internet connections become common
place, the need for comprehensive Internet security has become a requirement for
consumers. Norton Internet Security is tuned for this dynamic world giving
consumers peace of mind that they always have the latest, most complete
protection from Internet threats.
According to PC Data, sales of Norton Internet Security lead the Internet
Security solutions market, and they continue to increase. Figures for the week
ended Feb. 6, 2000 show that Norton Internet Security held a 62 percent unit
share, with sales of 2,996 units compared to McAfee GuardDog's 32 percent or
1,559 unit sales. Norton Internet Security also earned an 80 percent revenue
share for the same time period, with sales revenue of more than $177,000 compared
to GuardDog's 14 percent or $30,360 in sales. Norton Internet Security was also
number 13 on PC Data's best-selling business titles list for the month of
Norton Internet Security was introduced in December 1999, and sales of the
software quickly topped those of its competitors by the middle of January.
Statistics for the week ended January 16, 2000 showed unit sales of 2,135 of
Norton Internet Security, compared to 1,288 for McAfee GuardDog 2, six for McAfee
GuardDog Deluxe, and 157 for SOS Best Defense. During the same week, Norton
Internet Security generated more than $117,000 in retail revenue, while GuardDog
2 earned under $24,000, GuardDog Deluxe $54, and SOS Best Defense under $7,000.
Norton Internet Security blocks hacking attacks, alerting users to unauthorized
connections and attempted intrusions, and enables users to designate which
information should be protected from unsecured Web sites. The inclusion of the
award-winning Norton AntiVirus guards against viruses, worms, malicious Java
applets, ActiveX code, and other Internet threats.
Parents can use Norton Internet Security to control which Web sites their
children visit and which Internet applications they use, and to restrict the
information being sent out over the Internet. Norton Internet Security also makes
Internet computing more convenient and productive by blocking out banner ads,
pop-up windows, and other clutter on Windows pages.
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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